Mumbai : &TV’s highly anticipated show, ‘Atal,’ is all set to unfold the untold chapters of the late Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s childhood, and the latest addition to the cast has fans buzzing with excitement. Renowned Marathi actor Milind Dastane has been confirmed to portray the role of Shyam Lal Vajpayee, the grandfather of young Atal.

Produced by Euphoria Productions, ‘Atal’ promises to take audiences on a journey through the formative years of a leader who played a pivotal role in shaping India’s destiny. Set against the backdrop of British colonial rule, the show will delve into the intricacies of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s childhood, shedding light on the incidents, beliefs, and challenges that shaped him into the leader he became.

Milind Dastane, sharing insights into his character, expressed, “Shyam Lal Vajpayee immersed himself in reciting Bhagwat Katha and earned a livelihood by delving into astrology and scriptures. Shyam Lal possessed a remarkable enthusiasm for life. He exuded liveliness, discovering happiness amid sorrow, and finding amusement even in moments of anger. His cheerful demeanor profoundly impacted Atal. Despite being dedicated to work, Shyam Lal emphasized the significance of meditation and yoga. Shyam Lal Vajpayee’s abundant sense of humour left a lasting impression on Atal.”

Excitement radiated from Milind Dastane as he shared his thoughts on portraying such a significant character. “I’m quite excited to play such a big character on TV. The storyline unfolds the inspiring story of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a boy from humble beginnings who became one of India’s most prominent leaders. When I was offered this role, I thought over it carefully before accepting it because it is a huge responsibility,” he said.

Dastane continued, “There was nervousness as I was not very well aware of Atal Ji’s grandfather. However, I thrive on challenges and saw it as an opportunity to play such a pivotal role in a Hindi television show. The extensive workshop helped me prepare thoroughly for the role and helped me understand my character in much more depth. The makers did an excellent job of prepping me and modifying my appearance to look like Atal Ji’s real grandfather as much as possible. I am looking forward to viewers’ response to it.”

Witness Milind Dastane’s compelling portrayal of Shyam Lal Vajpayee in ‘Atal,’ premiering on December 5th at 8:00 pm, exclusively on &TV! Don’t miss the chance to delve into the fascinating journey of a young Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the influences that shaped his extraordinary life.