Written by Sana Farzeen
| Mumbai |

Published: March 24, 2020 8:29:11 am

vivek dahiya state of siege photos Vivek Dahiya performs captain Rohit Bagga, the NSG soldier within the Matthew Leutwyler directed net present.

State of Siege: 26/11 on ZEE5 has been garnering a optimistic response from all quarters. The spectacular efficiency laced with a decent script has made the sequence a binge-worthy possibility throughout the self isolation interval. While Arjun Bijlani and Arjan Bajwa take cost because the commanding officers, Vivek Dahiya is seen enjoying captain Rohit Bagga, the NSG soldier who led the crew to search out the terrorists within the Nariman House throughout the tragic 2008 Mumbai assault.

Most actors need to make their digital debut with a power-packed efficiency however for Vivek Dahiya, this present was extra of an emotional decision. “It’s not that I had pre-planned but it appealed to me the moment I read the script. Also, I will be honest, I don’t even have too much screen space in the show. If I had calculated it as a career move, it would have been a disaster (laughs). What really mattered to me was that I wanted to be a part of the project, that somewhere affected every Indian,” he shared in an unique dialog with indianexpress.com.

Dahiya went on to add, “Honestly, it was actually quite an emotional decision. Somebody recently asked me whether I have become too secure, and not worried about sharing screen space with so many others. I just want to say that I am still in the initial stage of my career. And I would be very much concerned about these things when I do my next fiction show. However, State of Siege, as I told you, has a connect with every one of us. I was in the UK studying when the attacks happened, and I felt so much rage and angst against these terrorists. They were young kids, juvenile minds and maybe didn’t even understand what they did. So when the makers called me, I didn’t even discuss much and said an instant yes as I was emotionally drawn towards it.”


Giving extra perception about his position, the actor shared, “I am enjoying captain Rohit Bagga. He was the youngest, in phrases of age and rating among the many major officers. He was truly on a private go away to introduce his girlfriend to his household. While having dinner with them, he heard the information and rushed again. The captain was upbeat, charged and aggressive and requested his seniors to let him lead. Seeing his ardour, he was allowed to deal with the operation and ultimately he emerged victorious.

“Coming to the preparation, it was more about the mental transformation. These soldiers are quick and have a different kind of thought process. Thankfully we had Lt Colonel Sundeep Sen on set with us. He was part of the operation of 26/11 and shared his real time stories, which really helped us get into the skin of the characters,” added Vivek Dahiya.

Lastly sharing his household and spouse Divyanka Tripathi’s response on seeing him within the uniform, the 35-year-old stated, “They loved it and were really excited about my look. Even I was very happy to don the uniform and was sending them pictures from the trial itself. It was also quite an emotional moment given that my grandfather was in the army and Divyanka, herself was an NCC cadet. It was a proud moment for all of us and quite a milestone for me as an actor. You rarely get a chance to play a soldier, especially black cat. It was a big opportunity for me to play a real life hero.”

State of Siege: 26/11 has been directed by Matthew Leutwyler.

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