Luke Kenny underwent a special training to play a visually-impaired man in Dharavi Bank. The National Association For The Blind helped him get into the shoes of his character.
We often wonder what is to play a visually-impaired man on screen when you can see? Actors and directors take special care not these days and go beyond the usual to make audiences believe what they see onscreen is true. Kenny, at all point during the shoot, was vigilant about not letting his visual expressions interfere in his performance. While playing his on-screen character 'Michael' in MX Player's original series Dharavi Bank, he underwent a special training for his role.
He asked the team to completely shut his eyes with prosthetics so that he could have a minimal visual of the surroundings. Speaking about his journey, he shared that becoming Michael wasn't easy.
“For Dharavi Bank’s Michael, I underwent one of the most difficult and complicated preparations. You know when one of your senses is blocked, you take some time to work around with the rest of them," he said.
The experts from the National Association For The Blind (NAB) helped him to ace his on-screen role.
"The credit for my performance goes to Hemendra Singh from NAB, Worli, who was immensely instrumental in guiding me through this preparation. Even though it was partial blindness and my eyes were completely shut with prosthetics, he explained/took me through everything seamlessly. I’m really glad Samit and team pushed me to do this because this is an experience I will never forget,” he added.
Dharavi Bank revolves around a cop trying to topple over a powerful gangster, who is the de facto government in Mumbai.
The series also stars Suniel Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Sonali Kulkarni, Freddy Daruwala, Shanthi Priya, Santosh Juvekar, Nagesh Bhosle, Siddharth Menon, Hitesh Bhojraj, Samikssha Batnagar, Rohit Pathak, Jaywant Wadkar, Chinmay Mandlekar, Bhavvana Rao, Shruti Srivastava, Sandhya Shetty, Pavitra Sarkar and Vamsi Krishna in key roles.