Dino Morea refers The Empire character with the black panther, says since there was not much to reference for his character Shaybani Khan, he chose to watch videos of black panthers.
Dino said, “I compared my character with a certain animal. We made Shaibani Khan like a black panther. Initially we thought he would be a lion but we settled with a black panther. So, prep was for watching a lot of videos about black panthers.”
“The way it moves, agility, cunningness and I always had this in the back of my head that whenever he walked or spoke there was a certain growl and madness which I tried to keep as much as possible. I truly hope people love my efforts.”
Dino calls his character dangerous; as he is a warrior and smart.
“Playing an antagonist has no limitations. You can be mad, you can be grim. Besides that there is no reference to that character 400 years ago, who knew how they acted or behaved so. I think anyone can do with these characters because as long as you can make the audience believe who you are and that’s what I did.”
Created by National Award-winning filmmaker Nikhil Advani, The Empire, based on books by Alex Rutherford, promises a magnificent visual spectacle mounted on a grand scale.