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Chandan K. Anand On His Netflix Show ‘Class’: It’s Ahead Of Time But A Clear Reflection Of Our Youth

Chandan K. Anand features as business tycoon Suraj Ahuja in the show, which has been helmed by director Ashim Ahluwalia. 

Chandan K. Anand Plays Suraj Ahuja In Netflix Show ‘Class’

Netflix’s young adult streaming series 'Class', which has been adapted from the global hit Spanish series, 'Elite', released on February 3. The show features a dynamic, young ensemble cast that includes Gurfateh Pirzada, Anjali Sivaraman, Ayesha Kanga, Chayan Chopra, Chintan Rachchh, Cwaayal Singh, Madhyama Segal, Moses Koul, Naina Bhan, Piyush Khati and Zeyn Shaw.

Actor Chandan K Anand best known for his work in several TV shows and films including ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ and Imtiaz Ali's ‘Love Aaj Kal’, features as business tycoon Suraj Ahuja in the show, which has been helmed by director Ashim Ahluwalia. 

In a conversation with Outlook, the actor opened up on how the show is different from other teen shows and how he prepared for his role. Excerpts from the interview:

How is ‘Class’ different from other teen shows?

People may find ‘Class’ ahead of time but we all know it’s a competitive world. We all preach to kids to be their best, set their goals, and tell them it’s not the time to rest, and money and power is everything. When this kind of society is created, pressure comes on the children and soon competitiveness and ill- will seep in. So all the characters in ‘Class’ are in a way wicked and dark. I would say though the series Class is set in the rich society but this world prevails and it’s a clear reflection of our youth.

What are the nuances of your character?

I am portraying Suraj Ahuja, a well known builder and business tycoon based in New Delhi. He is politically connected and it’s his school, Hampton International, where the show ‘Class’ is set. My own daughter is murdered during the show, and the whole series is about unfolding the mystery who killed her. Also, I have a very estranged relationship with my daughter Suhani Ahuja.

How was your working experience with your co-actors since most of them are new comers?

Each and every cast member, while working, was into their characters. They all were passionate and gave their best. I would say the entire cast and crew team were professional, passionate and were together to bring out the best film making experience to the audiences. I was impressed and that’s how professionalism should be. Also, for all of us, ‘Class’ was a really big project. Finally, we all are happy and proud to be a part of this ‘Class’ with our director Ashim Sir’s vision.

What preparation did you undertook for your role?

Well, every role which comes, is a challenge because an actor has to bring life to what’s just on paper. It’s the soul that an actor has to bring to any role or character and it’s not easy. My character Suraj Ahuja is a high-profile multi-millionaire builder who is into construction, money laundering, black money and drugs.

What's next for you in terms of projects?

It’s a good time for all the actors as there are so many platforms and they all are coming up with a number of web shows. I am lucky to be a part of few, including ‘Deadline’ directed by Rakhee Sandilya and starring Mona Singh. I am also shooting for ‘Fighter’, directed by Siddharth Anand starring Hrithik and Deepika Padukone. So I am excited and looking forward to some great filmmaking and performing happening in future.