Samir Soni on the ALTBalaji cartel


Tell us about your character

I play the character of Dorabji, a super rich industrialist who uses his power and sources to manipulate the underworld to provoke fights between different power families. It is the master puppeteer who manipulates everyone without knowing it, in particular the Angre family. He’s a very nasty, complicit character.

What was the most exciting part about playing this character?

Well, playing a character that isn’t like you is always challenging and exciting. So when you have the chance to play this character who looks like a lovely person but is also extremely complicit and evil at the same time. Playing a negative (character) is a lot of fun. Early in my career, I always played positive characters earlier, but when I get the chance to play the negative role it’s very exciting because there is room for exploration. Overall, I think the negative characters are a lot more fascinating, interesting, twisted, and it’s fun to portray them.

What made you say yes to the show?

Well, I said yes to that mainly because of the character. I think when I was given the character narration it felt very exciting to me. I thought I could do the character justice because he’s a wealthy mogul who has a negative side to him. I also said yes to the show because of my relationship with ALTBalaji & Ekta R Kapoor, I worked on a lot of shows with them. It was a lot of fun and the filming experience was really great. This is ALTBalaji’s most ambitious project, so being a part of it is awesome anyway.

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How was the shooting of the show? Your best memory of the decorations …

As always, I think it has been an extremely pleasant experience working with ALTBalaji because I have done it so many times. So there is a level of comfort with the people you work with, the director Suyash who I worked with in Puncch Beat. I know what he wants, he knows what I can give, there is that level of comfort, and for me. I have fondest memories of my work with Monica Dogra and Rithvik Dhanjani. Since most of my scenes were with them, it was really exciting. Both are talented and we are the ones who enjoy each other’s company which is always fun.

What message would you like to share with your viewers and fans?

First of all, I would like to share a message with viewers and fans to thank you for all the love and support I have received over the years. I always do my best for what I can and always give 100%. Since Cartel is an expensive, large-scale, lavishly put together show, I would like everyone to watch it because a lot of effort has gone into making this show.

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