Fauda Actor Tsahi Halevi Shares How The Kashmir Files Is Just Like His Present: ‘Art Makes People Think About Issues’ » GossipChimp
Acting got here late in life to Tsahi Halevi. The Israeli actor-singer-dancer didn’t turn into knowledgeable actor till his late 30s. Today, he’s finest identified for starring within the Netflix Hebrew hit Fauda. On a latest go to to India–his first–the actor sat down for a candid chat with Hindustan Times and spoke about his Bollywood ambitions, wanting to fulfill Shah Rukh Khan, and why he beloved The Kashmir Files. Also learn: Anupam Kher shares picture of ‘blockbuster handshake’ with SS Rajamouli after RRR, The Kashmir Files success
Tsahi turned a part of the Mayumana troupe that mixes dance, tune, and percussion within the late 90s. He was additionally a finalist on the truth present The Voice Israel and a singer with a number of singles and albums. So naturally, his most notable act in India was via music. Last week, on the Israel National Day celebrations on the Israeli Embassy in Delhi, he sang Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan from Amitabh Bachchan’s Yaarana. Talking about it, he says, “Challenging myself in singing in Hindi was a great opportunity.”
However, he reveals he had by no means heard the tune until a couple of days earlier than. He says, “I asked an Indian friend about what Indian song that talks about friendship would be apt for the occasion. He sent me a link to the song. I wondered how I approach it. So I listened and tried to get the pronunciation and emotions right. I know it wasn’t perfect but it’s a first step. I am really happy with the feedback.”
Indian audiences, notably those that have seen him in Fauda, can be acquainted with his singing. Tsahi sang the favored Arabic tune Tamali Ma’aek on the present. “It was a similar experience,” he says. The tune comes at a poignant second within the present with Tsahi’s character Naor singing because the troopers of his elite unit sit round. The actor says he introduced his personal experiences of serving within the army to the fore there. “During the rehearsals for Fauda, I spoke to the director and said from my experience in the Army, we normally sing some song at such a time. He asked me which song I had in mind and it was Tamali Ma’aek. That is how it arrived on the show and the feedback was amazing.”
Tsahi says he’s shocked by Fauda’s reputation in India. “I had a certain idea that it is popular here because of the messages I get on social media but I didn’t know it was this big. I had a lot of people writing to me asking where they could meet me. I wish I had time to meet them all. I hope to come back and meet more people.”
So he can sing, dance, and act, and is cultivating some reputation in India. A mix of that will make Bollywood a pure calling for Tsahi. The 47-year-old laughs on the suggestion. “Tell them to hire me then,” he tells me in between spurts of laughter. “Maybe certain productions are looking for an Israeli actor and something could work. I can challenge myself by speaking in Hindi,” he says.
He even met Anupam Kher on the Mumbai leg of his journey a few days after this interplay. The motivation for assembly Anupam got here from his restricted publicity to the Indian movie trade. “The last Indian movie I have seen is The Kashmir Files,” he says, including “if I speak on just the artistic point, it’s very well done. The actors are just wow.” He says that he discovered some thematic similarities between Fauda and The Kashmir Files. “I always believe that through art you can people think about issues. Like in Fauda, you bring out the human aspect of conflict. Maybe you can expose people more,” he says.
He had some indoctrination about Indian movie trade earlier than he set foot within the nation. He shares, “One of my friends told me the story of Ruby (Meyers), also known as Sulochana. That was amazing to discover that one of the first stars of Bollywood was a Jewish girl.” The actor does have a wish listing of actors he needs to fulfill in India. Ask him and he rattles off some names quickly–Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Alia Bhatt. “Maybe next time,” he says with a shrug as he’s reminded about his tight schedule.