With The Great Indian Murder, producer Tigmanshu Dhulia brings to life the maze of politics, power and corruption. Leads Richa Chadha and Prateek Gandhi are at its center. In the Disney+ Hotstar series, Chadha plays an honest police officer investigating the murder of a minister’s son. Before stepping in front of the camera, the actor prepared extensively, starting with reading the source material – Vikas Swarup’s bestseller Six Suspects. “Research empowers us with knowledge and prepares us better for it” [the job at hand], An acting job is no different. My character required me to have some degree of technical knowledge before I was able to play the role responsibly. I spent a lot of time reading books and articles on high-profile crime cases. “It was only after knowing fully about what my role essentially entails, did I get the confidence to pull it off in front of the camera,” says Chadha.
still from the series
The actor found a pillar of strength in Dhulia, which helped him perfect the part. “When he gave me the script, he said that I am the backbone of the story. He believed that I could play this role with honesty and dignity. It made me feel cheated.” He was glad to know that the director saw him beyond his popular role of Bholi Punjaban in his first collaboration. “He understands the artist I am, and casts me. Am” [accordingly], Usually, I am expected to do a louder, crisper version of the character I played in Fukrey. Ali [Fazal, partner] told me i can [blindly] Trust Tigmanshu. Working with him makes me a better performer.”