This Lockdown Feels Like Being in Jail on Sets of Paatal Lok, Says Abhishek Banerjee

It has been a 12 months since Abhishek Banerjee completed taking pictures for Paatal Lok, however the character has come again to hang-out him in a bizarre means throughout the lockdown. Abhishek performs Vishal Tyagi, aka Hathoda Tyagi, a risky, ruthless serial killer within the net collection. He spent a number of hours taking pictures inside a jail setup, and now staying at dwelling for over two months throughout the coronavirus pandemic seems like the same expertise for him.

“It is coincidental however nonetheless very weird that there is a lockdown and Paatal Lok is releasing at the moment. I can so nicely relate to the times when I was within the jail once I needed to simply change off from actuality and turn out to be him, sit there for hours and do these scenes.

“And I keep in mind this one explicit incident the place I used to be locked inside a set jail as a result of somebody misplaced the keys. It was just for 15 minutes and everyone began laughing. However for these 15 minutes, I assumed I am unable to step out even when I need to. And now it is the identical – even when I need to go someplace, take my automotive and drive out, I simply can’t. And also you’re pissed off at first, you need to exit after which all of a sudden you understand that perhaps it’s okay to be the place you’re, take pleasure in no matter you’ve got at this current second. And that is precisely what Tyagi is all about, residing within the current,” Abhishek explains.

Amazon Prime Video’s description of the character goes like this: “There are dangerous guys, very dangerous guys after which there’s Hathoda Tyagi. He is the person who unleashes hell on the land of Chitrakoot within the present. The residing embodiment of a satan, if there ever was one, nobody of their proper senses needs to get on the unsuitable facet of Hathoda Tyagi.”

The actor says he needed to change off from actuality to be the mentioned ‘residing embodiment of a satan’, as a result of he’s a really chatty particular person in actual life. “I really like cracking jokes. For me to stay silent and play that character, I am unable to be my actual self. Someplace I wanted to seek out that energy and focus within me. I am so distant from the aggression or the violence that character has,” says Abhishek.

Whereas now we have seen the comedian facet of Abhishek in Stree, Bala and Dream Lady, now we have seen him be nearly practically as brutal as Hathoda Tyagi in one other net collection, Mirzapur. His function of Compounder might be essentially the most beloved character he has performed to date.

Abhishek says that it was troublesome for him to current two characters of the identical palette in numerous methods. “These two characters or are on the identical line, each Compounder and Hathoda are loopy. One enjoys to chop with an ‘ustra’ the opposite likes to hammer. For me the problem was to current these two characters in a different way. Compounder is extra about his loyalty to Munna, individuals love him due to that. Hathoda’s essential emotion is the angst, I hope individuals relate to that.”

The actor has been in a position to side-step being bracketed into the stereotypes of being a villain or a comic. However what about being the hero’s sidekick in movies?

Abhishek has an fascinating level. Referring to the recognition of Compunder, he says, “I do not know why, when the character is in a movie, individuals will name it ‘sidekick’, and when it is in a present, individuals will lovingly name him Compounder. Perhaps that is how now we have all the time seen movies. Or perhaps that is the way it’s been categorized – character actor, lead actor and all that. In net, you possibly can present an even bigger journey of a personality. In movies, the protagonist’s journey is in focus.”

His ardour for performing developed in Delhi College’s Kirori Mal Faculty. “My performing journey started with KMC Gamers, their drama society. I really feel should you take a stroll in North Campus, your artistic juices would possibly begin flowing, there may be a lot artwork and tradition. That is the place I groomed myself as an actor,” Abhishek says.

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