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Abhishek Banerjee on how Pataal Lok helped him reinvent, find interesting actors

The success of Pataal Lok feels like a twofold achievement to Abhishek Banerjee, who has surprised fans with his intense portrayal of Hathoda Tyagi after comedic turns in Stree, Bala and Dream Girl. With the Amazon Prime show, which is amassing critical acclaim from both the reviewers as well as the audiences, Banerjee pulled off the double duty of being both a casting director and actor. Casting for a show that delves into the many complexities of the country through an investigative story of an attempted assassination of a journalist by four suspects, was not a cake walk, said Baneerjee. But creator Sudip Sharma s decision to go with Jaideep Ahlawat for the main role of a seasoned Delhi cop Hathiram Chaudhary made things easy. Sudip sir was always impressed by Jaideep s work. My job was just to call him and tell him about the role. All the credit goes to him because he could have easily gone for a more known face. But when you have a good actor like Jaideep leading the show, the ...

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