Pavan Malhotra was interacting with NewsHelpline to promote his forthcoming series Shiksha Mandal, inspired by true events involving one of the biggest medical entrance exam scams in India.
Talking about playing a negative role in the forthcoming MX Player’s series, actor Pavan said, “As an actor negative or positive role doesn’t matter, most important thing is the subject matter, what you’re trying to tell the audience, especially with subject of education. I wanted to be part of this series, and the message should reach the audience”
“Negative-positive role doesn’t matter, if the story is good, your character is good, as an actor you want to perform it, and for an actor, performing different roles is an important thing” added Pavan.
Talking about his character of Dhansu Yadav in the series, Pavan said, “The character I am playing is deep, so he has all the elements, he is negative, positive, grey, and more, once you will watch the series, you will know more. He has back story, and he is doing something in the present with ambition of future, so this character is multi-layered”
Pavan also cleared the air about series being based on Vyapam Scam, which rocked the education system in India. He said, “It is not entirely based on Vyapam Scam, it is from the same arena. Some 2-3 years ago I came to know what people are cheating exam on such a huge level, that someone else is writing your exam and I am not talking about class exam, big job exam such as medical, railways and banking”
Shiksha Mandal is a crime drama web-series written and directed by Syed Ahmad Afzal and starring Gulshan Devaiah, Gauahar Khan, and Pavan Malhotra in the lead roles along with Rajendra Sethi, Iram Badar Khan, Shivani Singh, Jaihind Kumar, Ramkrishan Dhakad, Kumara Saurabh and Sandeep Goyat in pivotal roles.
The series will premiere on MX Player on 15 September 2022.