If you are a fan of The Viral Fever (TVF), chances are high that you have already watched their latest mini-series ‘TVF Aspirants’. It is a 5-episodic series based on the life of UPSC aspirants. It shows the life of three friends who are preparing for the government exam in Delhi. The show stars Naveen Kasturia, Abhilash Thapliyal and Shivankit Singh in lead roles.
RJ and actor Abhilash Thapliyal plays the role of SK. In TVF Aspirants episode 4, there’s a scene where SK has an anxiety attack and he faints. After he regains consciousness, he reveals that he got a call from his father asking for a Plan B, in case he fails to clear the UPSC exam.
Abhilash Thapliyal got into an exclusive chat with Lehren to decode the though-process and this preparation while shooting for the scene. He said, “While we were rehearsing, we discussed that what would SK do, because I never had an anxiety attack. So I had no idea. I first thought that what would I do, and then I thought about SK’s situation. Because when I understood how one feels during an anxiety attack, only then I would be able to tweak it for SK.”
He added, “When I started talking to people, I came to know that there are so many variations of anxiety. Some people have breathing issues, some start making weird noises, some start crying, some stop talking and some start yelling- so, anxiety works in different ways on different people.”
Abhilash says, “So, when we thought about SK, we established a fact that his family has not accepted that he would be battling with anxiety. And SK has a lot of pressure. He doesn’t have lots of money to buy fancy clothes, have a good lifestyle. Amid all this, he has the pressure of clearing UPSC and changing his life. He has never earned a penny in his life. He only studies, he has no girlfriend, owns a basic phone, and only one pair of shoes that he wears everywhere. He leads a very normal life. And when such a simple man has so much pressure on himself, what would happen? He will be shattered. So, we thought that he would faint when he would get an anxiety attack because he is not the kind who would yell. In the entire series, SK has yelled only once when Guri said, ‘Tu kutta hai (You are a dog). So, that’s when SK yelled. He was like, ‘I have allowed you to be in my personal space, but not as much that you would crush my self-confidence.’ And that’s why we decided that he would faint during the anxiety scene. And even when he regained consciousness, he was still shivering and struggling to breathe.”
Abhilash also told that while he was shooting that scene, he was struggling with a personal crisis. He said, “My father was battling with cancer at that time. So, it was very difficult for me to seperate both things and perform. But it came out well.”
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