Vadodara: From Palanpur, Mahat Jalan shot to the limelights of the global stage after a short film he acted in, was featured in the New York Lift-Off Film Festival 2020 recently.
Jalan went to pursue modelling course in New York in January immediately took up the lead role in the film ‘Tehravin’. Written and directed by another Indian, Kartik Venkatraman, the film is based on the 12 days of ritualistic mourning.
Jalan’s character that has seeped into depression as his wife divorces him for her boyfriend, comes out of it on the 13th day and looks at a brighter future.
“I was excited about the project, but it was difficult when it came to prepare for the role. I had a muscular body, but I was asked to put on weight, so I gorged on everything for 20 days to increase my weight,” said Jalan. “I did not tell anyone about the film project, not even my parents. I told them only after the film got selected for the film festival,” he said.
“I am a jovial person. So, when I played a character that was serious in nature, nobody could believe that it was me,” said the actor, who also worked in theatres while back in Ahmedabad. Jalan is now back with his modelling and also in talks with an Australian producer for a role in another short film.