Harsh Beniwal is a YouTube sensation with a large following long before he made his debut in ZEE5 Original series Who’s your Daddy. In this comedy series he plays the role of porn DVD store owner who unwillingly gets too involved in the lives of his customers. He spoke to us about his role in Who’s Your Daddy and found out why he decided to give his character fake teeth.
Watch the trailer for Who’s Your Daddy here. The last six episodes of the show recently released on ZEE5.
1. How did you land the role of Soggy in Who’s Your Daddy?
I got a call asking if I would want to play the role of Soggy in this show. They gave a synopsis of the show and my character. They asked me to send an audition clip which they luckily liked. So I got the role from home only.
2. You worked closely with Rahul Dev in a lot of scenes. What did you learn from an experienced actor like him?
Working with Rahul sir was a privilege. I had met Rahul Dev when I was at an awards show. I mentioned that when I first saw him but he didn’t remember me. But it was a learning experience working with him just by watching him closely. How her reads the script, how he prepares. Where he lowers his energy for a scene and where he raises the energy. He also taught me a lot about health and fitness which I am using for myself.
3. You’ve also acted in multiple YouTube comedy videos how different is working in a comedy series to a comedy sketch?
I write, direct, produce and act in the YouTube videos that I make. So I have complete control over what I make there and it is very different. I cannot focus that much on acting because I focus on directing and producing it too. Working in a web series like Who’s Your Daddy I was able to give more time to it. Both have their own plus points and both are equally fun to do.
4. You’re playing the role of a young guy and a forty year old man in the show. How did you make the two characters look different?
When I read the script I wanted the age difference to be clear but also I wanted Soggy to look different from Harsh Beniwal. The first thing I changed was the clothes, the way I walked and I even took fake teeth. I didn’t want people to see Harsh Beniwal when they watched the show. Then to make myself look older, I made my voice heavy and moved more slowly. The rest of the look was by the make-up guys on set only. I tried so many things to be make Soggy look different that now his personality has become a part of me.
5. You write and direct your own content so did you have any inputs in the script for who’s your daddy too?
Whenever I read the script I would go in my YouTube zone. I would tell Chirag Sir (Director) ‘Can we do this scene like this or like that?’ I would sometimes feel I was getting over excited and was giving too many suggestions. I sometimes felt I should not give more suggestionsm but Chirag Sir was really nice and listened to all my suggestions. He also used some of my suggestions and even told me why he didn’t take the rest of the suggestions. It was a healthy discussion.
6. Do you feel like your YouTube content will come second to web series and films now?
No YouTube is my first priority still. I wanted to be an actor in films and web series but then I fulfilled that wish through YouTube itself. I will still do films and web series because I want to be a part of such projects, but I don’t ever think YouTube content will take a backseat for me.
7. Can you tell us 5 reasons people should definitely watch Who’s Your Daddy?
Firstly, it’s a story from Delhi and if your liked Fukrey or Vicky Donor type of stories then this show will really appeal to you. Secondly my role as Soggy will be different and great to watch for people who have seen me earlier. Thirdly, I have done a romantic song for the first time in this show which I was very awkward to shoot. Fourthly, I have done two roles in this film (three roles if you watch the film). Lastly the actors in the show are really good like Rahul Dev, Nirmala Ma’am who’s playing my daadi. I think there are a lot of talented actors on the show.
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