Method acting is a much-revered practice that has always received attention for producing naturalistic, award-winning acting performances. Actors who manipulate their body for roles have always been regarded as the most committed and daring.
Acclaimed actor Victor Banerjee who essays the role of Paramhansa Yogananda, in ‘The Answer’, a film based on the American devotee of Parmahansa Yogananda, James Donald Walters, who was later rechristened as Swami Kriyananda, won several accolades for this performance at around 40 international film festivals where the film was screened.
Victor sheds light on his preparation of playing a God man. After having read the book “Autobiography of A Yogi”, authored by Paramhansa Yogananda, Victor watched many of Yogananda’s footages, in order to study the minute nuances like his body language, stance, movements etc so that he could internalise his persona thoroughly.
Mastering the art of getting into the skin of the character, Victor says “I had convinced myself that this isn’t a normal assignment. In order to do justice to somebody who is so justifibly revered in the mind of thousands, one has to develop a certain sense of honesty and accepting the fact that you are actually portraying someone who was really a great human being and if that sense of honesty doesn’t come through your eyes, your expressions then no one will like your performance.”
Directed by noted filmmaker Pavan Kaul, the film stars Leonidas Gulaptis as Swami Kriyananda and is a beautiful telling of the story of his journey to find happiness, contentment and spiritual fulfillment through his Guru Paramhansa Yogananda.
‘The Answer’ is slated for release on August 31.