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“I thought about the kind of father I would want to be”: Actor Sumeet Vyas

Hotstar Specials brings 1962: The War In The Hills – is a story that is inspired by true events. In the year 1962 India was engaged in a war with China. At that time, our soldiers stood strong to protect Ladakh. This is a battle we continue to fight even today.

The series narrates the story of 125 Indian soldiers who fought against 3,000 Chinese. Produced in partnership with Arré Studio, this 10-episode war-drama has been written by Charudutt Acharya and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.

In this series, Sumeet Vyas portrays the role of Rakumar Yadav, a soldier in the C-Company battalion who is also a single father. Speaking about how he found out that he was going to be a father in real life while shooting for this series, actor Sumeet Vyas said, “Portraying the role of Ramkumar Yadav in 1962: The War in the Hills was a very special experience for me. My character is a soldier in the C-Company battalion, and also the single father of a boy. And it was during the shoot of this series when I found out that I was going to be a father in real life! Even though I didn’t have any past experience, playing the role of a father made me think about the kind of parent I would eventually want to be and tried to implement that in my role as well.”

He further goes on to add, “As an actor who travels for work, I definitely understand the feeling of being away from home for long durations of time. The big coincidence was, that just like my character Ramkumar Yadav, I too am not a very expressive person in real life. I wanted my character to show the warmth that a father has for his child without being overtly expressive through words. I do believe that there is a unique connection between father and son whereby even if the father feels something and doesn’t say it, the child knows. That’s exactly what I have tried to show through my role.”

The show is now streaming on Disney + Hotstar. Watch out for our review of the show on Telly Drama.

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