Shantanu Maheshwari, identified for his unbelievable dancing expertise, started his performing profession in 2011 with the favored teen dance present D3 – Dil Dosti Dance. He gained recognition for his position because the protagonist Swayam Shekhawat. Aside from performing, Shantanu can be a member of the dance crew Desi Hoppers. He made his Bollywood debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring alongside Alia Bhatt.
Now, Shantanu is again together with his performing and dancing skills within the dance fiction thriller net collection Campus Beats. Because the present not too long ago launched its second season, we bought on a candid dialog with Shantanu to study extra concerning the collection.
Did the D3-like vibes of Campus Beats affect your resolution to tackle the position of Ishaan?
By no means, really. I imply in terms of dancing reveals, I’m very particular, very explicit and I in actual fact, guarantee that as a result of D3 ran for thus lengthy and folks nonetheless bear in mind me for that position. It is my duty to do one thing completely different each time I am doing a dance-based venture. So, I imply, aside from the maker being the identical, that is Palki Malhotra, I do not assume something of Campus Beats is just like D3, I might say. I imply the present may be very completely different, the friendship ingredient, school ingredient, you’ll be able to say, is analogous. However, it’s extremely completely different. The storyline is totally completely different. My character Ishaan is so drastically completely different from Swayam. And, so I feel the rationale why I chosen Campus Beats is due to the beautiful script, and ensemble solid present being true to its requirement i.e. dancers. So now we have uncooked dancers who’re performing for the primary time. So the present is true to its nature and the story is wonderful and my character may be very difficult. It took a whole lot of time for me to get into the character. So these are the explanations really that I took and went forward with Campus Beats.
Season two delves into the world of dance competitions. How does this examine to real-life dance competitions, or are they related in some methods?
I imply, sure, if you end up in school if you end up dancing with a crew and the whole lot, clearly there must be one competitors which is a prestigious one. So, you might be getting ready for that and also you intention to win it, you intention to ace it. So it is just about in a really lifelike area and that is how dancers put together for upcoming competitions or reveals that they are doing with particular performances, no matter it’s. I imply, clearly, it is coming from real-life situations the place you could have this sort of rivalry occurring, you could have this sort of competitors occurring. Generally it is wholesome, generally it isn’t so however yeah, it comes from that area the place these situations do occur in a contest situation and that is the way you put together.
As an enormous D3 fan, I discovered Campus Beats to be fairly nostalgic. Do you assume this nostalgia contributes to the present’s recognition amongst followers?
Perhaps ultimately or the opposite. However as I mentioned earlier, I feel the present may be very completely different. Aside from a number of issues, um, the general, I feel the appear and feel you’ll be able to say is analogous as a result of it is a breezy present. It is a mild watch. D3 was a lightweight watch. I do not need to do a whole lot of comparability between D3 and Campus Beats to be sincere as a result of I do not need to… I imply, D3 was D3, you already know, and Campus Beats is one thing very completely different. It is a decade-old present, D3, and that is the current situation. It is a present situation. There are a whole lot of features by way of how social media is so related in right this moment’s occasions and the way a lot affect it holds by way of right this moment’s era.
By way of nostalgia worth, I imply, sure, it is an ensemble present. These days, no person makes an ensemble present. So possibly that half, that entire friendship facet, and undoubtedly the romance a part of it, I can say, is a notch up than D3. So, yeah, there are a whole lot of parts which were added in Campus Beats in keeping with the current situation. As I mentioned, I do not need to examine it, however may occur that there is a nostalgia worth, however the present may be very completely different in comparison with D3 and even the characters are very completely different but when it is occurring then I do not know. It really works for the present.
I am blissful that extra persons are watching it as a result of it is a good present and it deserves a sure sort of viewers and recognition and it needs to be appreciated. And I feel these are all actual matters. I imply, these are one thing which are recurring matters if you end up a teen or if you end up rising up. So I feel no person tries to cowl it, however I feel it is lovely writing of Palki Malhotra and kudos to her capacity to catch on to the youth and their mindset that she comes up along with her distinctive methods and quirks to the touch these factors and talk about these factors and mess around.
How do you personally join together with your character, Ishaan?
Ishaan and I are very completely different. In my life, I feel I’m very completely different from Ishaan. I really took a whole lot of time to crack this character. It is certainly one of my hardest characters. Due to the truth that it has so many layers and he is not a typical character the place you’ll be able to simply play unhealthy boy or you’ll be able to play simply good boy. He has his personal thought course of. He has his personal judgments and way of life by way of how essential his friendship is. What does he really feel about Netra? How he talks about situationship, as a result of he is very clear in his head that it is crucial whoever he stays with is aware of about his lifestyle.
Are you able to share any entertaining behind-the-scenes tales from the making of Campus Beats?
Oh, there have been a whole lot of them. They’re all very situational really, so it’s extremely onerous for me to offer you one story as such. However I’ll strive. So there was one sequence the place we did not have the placement. The dance battle scene in Season 2, So we have been in a time crunch and we needed to end a serious chunk. Most of us have been injured and we needed to go all out. So as soon as we completed our dancing and the whole lot, and we referred to as it a wrap, all of us simply hugged, hugged one another. We had a bunch hug. All of us have been simply teary as a result of we have been simply so happy with every of us for pulling this off as a result of it was all of us simply obsessed with this venture and ensuring that we delivered all of us regardless of our accidents, neglect about that and simply give your greater than 100 per cent, in order that we are able to full the shoot. In order that was a really emotional second.
Your on-screen chemistry with Shruti is adored by followers. How lengthy did it take for the 2 of you to develop this rapport?
I do not understand how What was the ice break second for us? I feel by default we have been doing a whole lot of scenes collectively after which we used to get little free time. So we used to have these small chit-chat classes and I do not bear in mind which scene was it after which we simply began speaking by way of not simply concerning the scene, however by way of life and previous experiences and no matter, and anyway, she loves to speak and I do not thoughts listening. She’s an excellent human being. So I feel we simply gelled alongside on regular stuff and the friendship simply grew stronger. I actually cannot pinpoint any explicit incident or any explicit scene. I like the sort of ardour that she has and the quantity of onerous work that she put in. And it simply occurred regularly. I feel that is the perfect factor. And by way of scene-wise and the whole lot, clearly, we had our workshops and the whole lot. So, all these issues have been there, however once more, I am not with the ability to pinpoint any such ice-break second or how the chemistry developed and this and that. I actually do not know. It simply occurred naturally, I feel.
What can viewers anticipate in season three of the collection?
Triple of the whole lot, I might say. I imply there are going to be a whole lot of ups and downs within the equation. There may be going to be a whole lot of dancing, tons and plenty of dancing in season three and full ower-packed leisure.