For many people, 2020 is a 12 months when our busy lives paused. However, for some, it was nothing lower than a blessing. Actor Aasif Khan is one such particular person.
Aasif had back-to-back OTT releases in 2020, out of which Pataal Lok grew to become the preferred among the many viewers. He says 2020 “was spent interacting with the audience and the media” aside from spending time with household.
In a dialog with indianexpress.com, Aasif opened up about Pataal Lok, how the success modified the scripts coming his manner, his upcoming Netflix mission Pagglait and far more.
While speaking about Pataal Lok, he stated, “When we were working on Pataal Lok, we knew something different is happening. I knew that even if 100 people watch it, all of them will appreciate the show.” However, he talked about that he didn’t benefit from the praises that got here his manner as a result of “I come from a theatre background. We never used to have a curtain call because my teacher Sabir Khan used to say that praises or the applaud can get to your head.”
Not simply Pataal Lok, Aasif’s function in Panchaayat attained prompt success within the Internet: as memes. “I don’t need screen time. I need a character that leaves an impact,” Aasif shared speaking concerning the two scenes of the present.
But Pataal Lok elevated the actor’s visibility for the viewers in addition to folks within the trade. “I got a call from YRF’s Shanoo Sharma. My mentor Rajkumar Gupta also called. That is when I realised that the show has become a cult. But as per my learning, I kept (the excitement) it to myself.”
“I have learned from my seniors that if you are good at your craft, you will eventually become famous, but if being famous is your goal, the fame will be around only for a limited period of time. I believe in taking up good scripts and good roles,” the Mirzapur actor said.
Aasif, who believes that selecting good content material ought to have been a behavior among the many Indian actors because the starting, doesn’t totally agree with the opinion that OTT has elevated the standard of content material in India. In reality, he credited the late actor Irrfan Khan for paving the way in which for it.
“Today, OTT is being credited for good content but I think the credit goes to late actor Irrfan Khan because, in my opinion, he blurred the lines of commercial and independent films. He started it, and now, his path is being followed by others. Of course, there are more who deserve to be credited, but he sure stands first for me.”
When requested if there’s a change within the scripts he’s being provided after the success of his newest collection, Aasif smiled and quipped, “A lot! Now, I get roles of protagonists, antagonists or of a character that has an important role in the story. Now, people are able to see me in different roles, which is the best part.”
Do followers make options on the type of exhibits he must be a part of? “I have got so many emails talking about the roles they want to see me in. Their love encourages us to experiment, to choose varied roles. I am trying to pick roles wherein I can surprise my audience. I am trying not to repeat myself on-screen.”
But can the success of 1 mission safe one’s footing within the trade? “I believe sure. The greatest instance is Pratik Gandhi of Scam 1992 fame. Now, each child is aware of him. But to say that one hit is sufficient just isn’t proper. It simply offers you the push you want. Now, how you’re taking the journey forward is on you and the content material you select.
While he has paved his manner into everybody’s dwelling by way of his work, his household has a distinct opinion of him.
“My life’s tragedy is that my family has not watched any of my OTT shows. My mother tried to watch Mirzapur but she switched it off because of its foul language. I made her watch Panchayat thinking it is a clean show. My mother called up (after watching the show) and said, “The show was so good but only you used cuss words. Ye sab director producer nai karwate hai, ye tum hi karte ho.”
He stated his household refuses to consider he has accomplished something substantial within the trade. In his mom’s phrases, “Tum kaunsi filmein karte ho. Koi dekhta bhi hai? Naagin jaisa kuch karo. Colors TV ya Zee TV pe aao.”
“For them, I am still struggling. Until they see me on ZeeTV, they won’t believe I have made it. You would not believe it but in my home town, my mother introduces me as – ‘Ye mera beta hai. Ye Rohit Shetty ke saath ke AD me aata hai‘,” Aasif narrated stating he’s ready for his Netflix release Pagglait, which he would lastly have the ability to watch along with his members of the family.
Talking about Pagglait, Aasif stated, “I will be seen in a different avatar. It is a different film, which we can call a satirical-comedy. It is a film you can watch with your family. A film I did for my family. (Laughing) It is equivalent to a Jain Thali. A very shuddh film.”
The movie stars Sanya Malhotra within the lead function. “She is very supportive. She does not carry the baggage of her stardom, which is the best part,” the actor stated.
Pagglait will release on Netflix on March 26.