As &TV announced their new show, ‘Atal’, which is set to explore the untold aspects of late Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s childhood, the industry has been abuzz with speculation around actors roped in for main leads. In a recent development, renowned Marathi actor Ashutosh Kulkarni has been finalised to essay the role of young Atal’s father, Krishna Bihari Vajpayee. Produced by Euphoria Productions, the show will deep dive into the formative years of a leader who played a pivotal role in shaping India’s destiny. Set against the backdrop of British colonial rule in India, the show will delve into the intricacies of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s childhood, shedding light on the incidents, beliefs, and challenges that moulded him into the leader that he was. Ashutosh Kulkarni says, revealing details about his character, “Our show ‘Atal’ has already sparked excitement for all the right reasons, even before its premiere, and I am honoured to play a pivotal role of Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, father of Atal on screen. In 1930, Krishna Bihari Vajpayee, a dedicated educator and nationalist, headed a Brahmin household of four sons and three daughters. He ardently supported British rule in India, advocating cooperation and respect towards the colonial powers. His family’s aspirations were centred on education, emphasising proficiency in English, academic achievement, and seeking government employment.”
After starting his career in theatre and the Marathi entertainment industry, Ashutosh Kulkarni is excited about his journey in Hindi television. The actor adds, “I am incredibly enthusiastic about taking on this powerful role on screen. When I was offered this character, I mulled over it thoroughly before committing. It is an important role, and such roles carry a weighty responsibility. However, I thrive on challenges and saw it as an opportunity to play such a pivotal role in a Hindi television show. The extensive workshop helped me prepare thoroughly for the role and helped me understand my character in much more depth. While the creative team has done a great job preparing me well and transforming my appearance to be as close to Atal Ji’s real father as possible, I am responsible for conveying his essence and charisma. I am dedicated to giving my absolute best.”
Watch Ashutosh Kulkarni as Krishna Bihari Vajpayee in ‘Atal’, premiering on Dec 5th at 8:00 pm only on &TV!