Shantanu Maheshwari, identified for his unimaginable dancing abilities, started his appearing profession in 2011 with the favored teen dance present D3 – Dil Dosti Dance. He gained recognition for his function because the protagonist Swayam Shekhawat. Other than appearing, 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 along with his appearing and dancing abilities within the dance fiction thriller internet sequence Campus Beats. Because the present lately launched its second season, we obtained on a candid dialog with Shantanu to study extra concerning the sequence.
Did the D3-like vibes of Campus Beats affect your choice to tackle the function of Ishaan?
In no way, really. I imply in terms of dancing exhibits, I’m very particular, very specific and I in actual fact, guarantee that as a result of D3 ran for thus lengthy and other people nonetheless bear in mind me for that function. It is my accountability to do one thing totally different at any time when I am doing a dance-based challenge. So, I imply, other than the maker being the identical, that is Palki Malhotra, I do not assume something of Campus Beats is much like D3, I’d say. I imply the present could be very totally different, the friendship aspect, faculty aspect, you’ll be able to say, is comparable. However, it’s extremely totally different. The storyline is totally totally different. My character Ishaan is so drastically totally different from Swayam. And, so I believe the explanation why I chosen Campus Beats is due to the beautiful script, and ensemble forged present being true to its requirement i.e. dancers. So now we have uncooked dancers who’re appearing for the primary time. So the present is true to its nature and the story is wonderful and my character could be very difficult. It took a variety 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 comparable in some methods?
I imply, sure, when you find yourself in faculty when you find yourself dancing with a crew and the whole lot, clearly there needs to be one competitors which is a prestigious one. So, you might be getting ready for that and also you purpose to win it, you purpose to ace it. So it is just about in a really reasonable house and that is how dancers put together for upcoming competitions or exhibits that they are doing with particular performances, no matter it’s. I imply, clearly, it is coming from real-life situations the place you may have this sort of rivalry occurring, you may have this sort of competitors taking place. Typically it is wholesome, typically it isn’t so however yeah, it comes from that house the place these situations do occur in a contest situation and that is the way you put together.
As a giant D3 fan, I discovered Campus Beats to be fairly nostalgic. Do you assume this nostalgia contributes to the present’s recognition amongst followers?
Possibly ultimately or the opposite. However as I mentioned earlier, I believe the present could be very totally different. Other than a number of issues, um, the general, I believe the appear and feel you’ll be able to say is comparable as a result of it is a breezy present. It is a gentle watch. D3 was a light-weight watch. I do not wish to do a variety of comparability between D3 and Campus Beats to be sincere as a result of I do not wish to… I imply, D3 was D3, you already know, and Campus Beats is one thing very totally different. It is a decade-old present, D3, and that is the current situation. It is a present situation. There are a variety of elements when it comes to how social media is so related in as we speak’s instances and the way a lot affect it holds when it comes to as we speak’s era.
When it comes to nostalgia worth, I imply, sure, it is an ensemble present. These days, no one makes an ensemble present. So perhaps that half, that entire friendship side, and positively the romance a part of it, I can say, is a notch up than D3. So, yeah, there are a variety of components which have been added in Campus Beats in line with the current situation. As I mentioned, I do not wish to examine it, however would possibly occur that there is a nostalgia worth, however the present could be very totally different in comparison with D3 and even the characters are very totally different but when it is taking place then I do not know. It really works for the present.
I am comfortable that extra individuals are watching it as a result of it is a good present and it deserves a sure type of viewers and recognition and it needs to be appreciated. And I believe these are all actual subjects. I imply, these are one thing which can be recurring subjects when you find yourself an adolescent or when you find yourself rising up. So I believe no one tries to cowl it, however I believe it is lovely writing of Palki Malhotra and kudos to her skill 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 along with your character, Ishaan?
Ishaan and I are very totally different. In my life, I believe I’m very totally different from Ishaan. I really took a variety of time to crack this character. It is one in all my hardest characters. Due to the truth that it has so many layers and he isn’t a typical character the place you’ll be able to simply play dangerous 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 when it comes to 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 essential 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 variety of them. They’re all very situational really, so it’s extremely laborious 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 situation. 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 known as it a wrap, all of us simply hugged, hugged one another. We had a gaggle hug. All of us have been simply teary as a result of we have been simply so pleased with every of us for pulling this off as a result of it was all of us simply enthusiastic about this challenge 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 will 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 believe by default we have been doing a variety of scenes collectively after which we used to get little free time. So we used to have these small chit-chat periods and I do not bear in mind which scene was it after which we simply began speaking when it comes to not simply concerning the scene, however when it comes to life and previous experiences and no matter, and anyway, she loves to speak and I do not thoughts listening. She’s a great human being. So I believe we simply gelled alongside on regular stuff and the friendship simply grew stronger. I actually cannot pinpoint any specific incident or any specific scene. I love the type of ardour that she has and the quantity of laborious work that she put in. And it simply occurred steadily. I believe that is the perfect factor. And when it comes to 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 believe.
What can viewers anticipate in season three of the sequence?
Triple of the whole lot, I’d say. I imply there are going to be a variety of ups and downs within the equation. There may be going to be a variety of dancing, tons and plenty of dancing in season three and full ower-packed leisure.