Ashish Sharma : The New Angry Young Man of Indian Television

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Ashish Sharma
Ashish Sharma
Ashish Sharma
Ashish Sharma in Rangrasiya

The angry young man has been a staple for success on Indian television shows. These men are rich, rude, arrogant and egotistical. They believe they are always right. They hurt the heroines, but women still seem to fall irrevocably in love with them as do the heroines of these shows. What works for these heroes is the fact that a woman is able to break the barrier they put up between themselves and everyone else. When the woman breaks the barrier, these men fall in love with no bounds. They give it their all and the couples create a love saga that remains in the hearts of fans forever.

Ashish Sharma is currently essaying the role of Rudra in Nautanki Film’s new hit show, Rangrasiya. He is playing a BSD officer who had a very traumatic experience at a very young age. His mother abandoned him and his father and ran off. His father has been very bitter since then and has taught him that beautiful women are neither loyal to their fathers nor their husbands. Fellow classmates made fun of him and he was forced to move from his home town by his father. Thanks to these experiences, he has put up many walls and barricades between himself, his emotions and other people.

Rudra still feels very strongly for his mother, despite her abandoning him and his father’s teachings. That was shown when he broke down crying after a mother of a martyred officer yelled at him and taunted him about his mother. Also, when he finally goes back to his childhood home, he only remembers the tender and loving moments between him and his mother.

Rangrasiya
Rangrasiya

This character reminds us of characters like Arjun Punj (Karan Kundra), Maan Singh Khurrana (Gurmeet Choudhary), Asad Ahmed Khan (previously Karan Singh Grover and now played by RaQesh Vashisth) and Arnav Singh Raizada (Barun Sobti). They were hurt deeply by women in their lives and it scarred them. Arjun hates women because of his past, Maan was left heartbroken by a woman, Asad’s father betrayed his mother by remarrying and Arnav lost his mother as she committed suicide thanks to his father’s infidelity.

What all these characters have in common is the fact that they were all deeply hurt by the existing women in their lives. It’s always interesting to see how they begin to move past the pain, usually after love comes in their lives.

Rudra’s character is full of layers and it will be fairly tough to get to the depths of his heart. He will always find it difficult to trust any woman as his own mother left him. He probably doesn’t believe that he deserves to be loved because of what his mother did to him. He puts up a façade of being emotionless when in fact he feels every emotion on a stronger level than most people.

Rangrasiya
Ashish Sharma and Sanaya Irani in Rangrasiya

Breaking through Rudra’s pain is going to be very difficult for Paro (Sanaya Irani) as he has a hard time expressing his emotions, especially when it comes to words. We can already see Rudra’s concern for Paro growing and he’s hiding it under the guise of her being a witness. We don’t know exactly when Rudra will realize he’s falling in love, but one thing is for sure, this new angry young man is going to give us a love story that is going to leave us breathless and definitely emotional as he portrays Rudra to the ‘T’ of perfection. His expressions, voice modulations, gestures, postures, dialect and accent, everything gives a feel of an earthy young man who simply gets you addicted to the show during his presence on screen.

What do you think of Rudra and Ashish Sharma’s portrayal of Rudra? Let us know in the comment section and stay tuned to Fuze!

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