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‘Like History Class’: Vyom Thakkar On Wearing Era-Perfect Costume For 'Atal'

The newbie child artist Vyom Thakkar, who is all set to step into the television industry with not only a lead role but also a notable one, that of ‘Young Atal’ in new show ‘Atal’, is thankful for being chosen for it, and shared how he enjoyed wearing a costume of that era, and reliving the childhood moments of Prime Minister of India, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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 The newbie child artist Vyom Thakkar, who is all set to step into the television industry with not only a lead role but also a notable one, that of ‘Young Atal’ in new show ‘Atal’, is thankful for being chosen for it, and shared how he enjoyed wearing a costume of that era, and reliving the childhood moments of Prime Minister of India, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

After going through over 300 plus auditions of various child artists, Vyom was finalised to essay Young Atal, depicting the formative years of one of the most prominent Prime Ministers of India, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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What's your favourite part about playing the young version of this great leader on TV?

Vyom said: “My favourite part is that I learned a lot about our late Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which no history book or anyone could have told me about easily. Not only am I excited about the role, but also thankful for being chosen for it.”

“Apart from this, I also enjoy wearing a costume of that era and reliving his childhood moments, which most people don’t know much about. It’s like a history class with role-play – isn’t it such an interesting way to learn,” he shared.

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Whether he learnt anything interesting about Atal Ji while preparing for the role, Vyom shared: “Absolutely. I had only heard about him in our history books and from my parents, but I never imagined that someday I would portray his childhood role in a television show.

“We also had a workshop to help me prepare for the role, which allowed me to learn much about him. Also, one common factor I could relate to was that he was quite influenced by his grandfather and very attached to his mother, just like me,” he said.

How do you prepare for a day of shooting?

Vyom said: “To begin with, we had an extensive workshop to help each of us prepare for our character with a detailed briefing, performance, and learning. It helped me a lot to know and understand my role and how to go about it.”

“Before every shoot, I practise my lines with the co-actors and the writer. Everyone is so forthcoming and helpful. They help, guide, and encourage me a lot. My parents also help me prepare as I prepare for tests, exams, or homework,” he commented.

If there are any similarities between him and the young leader he will be portraying on screen, Vyom added: “First, what I like the most about Young Atal’s personality is his sense of humour and poetry. I don’t have either of these, but I am as curious as he was, and I think we both have big dreams, which makes us similar. I hope one day I can be as great as he was.”

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The show will premiere from December 5 on &TV.

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