Ranvijay Singh, the popular VJ on MTV, has bagged a role in Action Replay. Director Vipul Shah played the role originally in the stage version 15 years ago.
''It's a very strange feeling. I remember I had stepped into the part of the heroine's best friend when no other actor agreed to accept the role,” says Vipul. “I was a novice in theatre and no one wanted to work with me. Now I've got Ranvijay to do my role and I find myself trying very hard not to recall my own acting stint.''
”I've made sure no one watched the play. How could they anyway? It came 15 years ago,” says the director. “But I've retained the dramatic flavour of the drama.''
Action Replay is set in two different times–1975 and the present. The actors have to make the 30-year time switch without prosthetics.
”If I can take my character from the way I played it 15 years ago to the way Ranvijay interprets it, I can also make the characters undergo the transition without external props,” says Vipul.