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 capturing 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 unstable, ruthless serial killer within the internet collection. He spent a number of hours capturing inside a jail setup, and now staying at residence for over two months throughout the coronavirus pandemic appears like an analogous 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 after I needed to simply swap off from actuality and grow to be him, sit there for hours and do these scenes.

“And I keep in mind this one specific 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 all people 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 out of the blue you notice that perhaps it’s okay to be the place you’re, get pleasure from no matter you have 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 mistaken facet of Hathoda Tyagi.”

The actor says he needed to swap 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 search out that energy and focus inside me. I am so far-off from the aggression or the violence that character has,” says Abhishek.

Whereas we’ve got seen the comedian facet of Abhishek in Stree, Bala and Dream Woman, we’ve got seen him be virtually almost as brutal as Hathoda Tyagi in one other internet collection, Mirzapur. His function of Compounder might be essentially the most liked character he has performed up to now.

Abhishek says that it was tough for him to current two characters of the identical palette in several 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 another way. Compounder is extra about his loyalty to Munna, folks love him due to that. Hathoda’s fundamental emotion is the angst, I hope folks relate to that.”

The actor has been capable of 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 attention-grabbing level. Referring to the recognition of Compunder, he says, “I do not know why, when the character is in a movie, folks will name it ‘sidekick’, and when it is in a present, folks will lovingly name him Compounder. Perhaps that is how we’ve got all the time seen movies. Or perhaps that is the way it’s been categorised – character actor, lead actor and all that. In internet, you may present a much 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 School. “My performing journey started with KMC Gamers, their drama society. I really feel when you take a stroll in North Campus, your artistic juices may begin flowing, there’s a lot artwork and tradition. That is the place I groomed myself as an actor,” Abhishek says.

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