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Playing Dhansu Yadav scared Pavan Malhotra

The actor recently revealed that he was initially scared to play his reel character ‘Dhansu Yadav’ in Shiksha Mandal.

From playing Milkha Singh’s coach to Dhansu Yadav, actor Pavan Raj Malhotra has come a long way. For someone who has worked for such a long time in the industry and with the biggest stars, one cannot imagine if there could be a character that made the actor nervous. But Malhotra revealed that it was the role of Dhansu Yadav in MX Player’s original series Shiksha Mandal that made him nervous.

The dialect of the character that I'm enacting was new to me. Even though I had assistance to perfect the diction, I was initially scared to play Dhansu Yadav due to the unique dialect,” he shared.

In Shiksha Mandal, Malhotra plays a baddie who is the mastermind behind the scam. So what made him say yes? The actor revealed that it was the unique story that got him excited for the role.

“The major motivation to do Shiksha Mandal is its gripping storyline which revolves around the basic framework of the education sector,” he said.

Shiksha Mandal revolves around the much-debatable Vyapam scam that shook India a few years ago. The show features several new faces of the industry.

Talking about his experience of working with fresh faces, Malhotra said, “It brought a sense of freshness and so much energy on the sets. There was so much to learn from these kids about their way of working and their perspective on life and work. While I hope I was able to contribute something to them with my experiences, I surely enjoyed my time with them during the shoot of the show.”

Besides Malhotra, the series stars Gauahar Khan and Gulshan Devaiah in prominent roles. It revolves around corruption that took place at large institutions in the guise of education and the exploitation that students faced as a result of the same.

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