The veteran actor will feature in Hindi serial Chandrakant Chiplunkar Seedi Bambawala
For the Marathi audience, Prashant Damle is a household name. Known for his hit plays Eka Lagnachi Goshta and Gela Madhav Kunikade, for which he holds the record of staging over 10,700 shows, Prashant is known for his terrific comic timing. The actor is now all set to impress the Hindi viewers with his upcoming show Chandrakant Chiplunkar Seedi Bambawala. For the show, the actor has bid adieu to theatre that he has been a part of for more than three decades. “I have officially closed down all my plays for the serial. I found the story powerful and my character Chandrakant very tempting. A fire fighter, he never says no to anybody and that creates a lot of chaos leading to hilarious situations,” says Prashant, who had made his Hindi TV debut with Filmi Chakkar aeons ago.
Chandrakant Chiplunkar… will also mark the Hindi small screen debut of Kavita Lad who shares a great chemistry with Prashant. The hit pair has done several Marathi plays and films together. Ask Prashant if it was his idea to get her and he says, “I got the offer first and director Dharmesh Mehta thought that since Kavita and I have a good tuning he should cast her.” Prashant, who has done several Marathi serials and reality shows like Sa Re Ga Ma, which he won, is known for his cookery show Amhi Saare Khavaiyua. Ask him if he is fond of cooking and the actor laughs, “I love eating as well as cooking. I experiment with vegetables trying different permutations and combinations.”
Talking about his first love —theatre — Prashant says that if he had continued for another three-four years, he would have reached a saturation point. “Now is the perfect time to try something new. I look at my TV show as an adventure,” says the Eka Lagnachi Goshta actor. For TV, Prashant has to tone down his expressions and speak in a normal voice. “On stage, one has to be a little loud in expressions and dialogue delivery as we have to reach the last person in the hall. One also does a little mockery in comedy there, but TV doesn’t need that. Unbridled humour gets conveyed excellently,” he explains. However, being used to acting for three hours at a stretch on stage, Prashant is still getting a hang of switching on and off for TV. “It was difficult initially — to shoot a scene, stop and get back, but now I have got it,” he smiles.