The third installment of crime drama Rangbaaz is all set to stream on Zee5 from July 29. The new season, titled Darr Ki Politics, stars Vineet Kumar Singh and Akanksha Singh, and tells the story of a gangster-politician from Bihar. Both the actors interacted with Hindustan Times ahead of the show’s release, discussing the plot, similarities with real people and events, and shooting during the pandemic. Read also: Vineet Kumar Singh shares how the real cops mingled with the actors during the shoot of Rangbaaz 3
Vineet plays the role of Haroon Shah Ali Baig, a gangster-turned-politician in the show. The character’s appearance and demeanor as well as the mention of Siwan in the show’s trailer led many to conclude that the character is based on the late Balwan-turned-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, who was an MP from Siwan. Vineet, however, says there is no relation. “It is set in an imaginary place. Yes, there are moments where you might feel it’s like something. But this world we have created is completely fictional. It has nothing to do with anybody. We are just trying to tell a good story. It is a gripping story, but it has nothing to do with the real person,” he shared.
The politics of fear enters a streaming eco-system that is quite densely populated with gangster dramas. But Akanksha feels that the show has a lot that will set it apart. She says, “People like to watch different content. Maybe the background is the same as that of a political drama or a gangster story. But Rangbaaz is much more than that. When Sana’s character came to me, I was sure that I wanted to do it as it was something solid as well as very powerful. Again, this is a hit franchise so in that sense, you have faith in the makers that they will not go wrong. ,
Akanksha’s character is Sana, Haroon’s wife, confidante and moral compass of the show. The actress says her biggest attraction was that she gets to play in three different age groups here as the show ran for three decades. “When they told me that this is a character who has three different age groups on the show, I was sold. This is because as an actor, I really want to do better with each of my roles. It’s kind of an experiment for me because with age, your body language, the way you speak, changes. It is challenging too,” she says.
The show was conceptualized and shot entirely post-pandemic, which meant that the initial script readings between the actors happened virtually, something that Vineet doesn’t find ideal. He laments, “Our work is about emotions. When we meet and share some moments, it is reflected in our work somewhere. Now, we see only part of a person on that zoom frame. Face-to-face meetings reveal many more that are now missing.”
This is not Vineet’s first appearance in the gangster drama. One of his breakthrough roles was in Anurag Kashyap’s cult classic Gangs of Wasseypur, where he played Danish Khan, the elder son of Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) and brother of Faisal Khan (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Reminiscing about the film, Vineet calls it ‘historic’ and says, “I thank God that I got a chance to be a part of such a film. Every year, it gets bigger. We feel That every year a new chapter opens in the story of that film. It is not old age. The film has given many actors not only on screen but also behind the scenes. I remember a few years back in my film with a senior production executive There were talks about it and they said it won’t be made today because you won’t get the dates of everyone involved together. Everyone has grown so much from that film now. Everyone’s calendar is off for years.”