Jaideep Ahlawat is ruling the hearts of all viewers, acquiring his latest web show, Paatal Lok. “I think I passed a test with flying colors,” he says smiling.
plays the Delhi Police soldier Hathi Ram Chaudhary, whose integrity is tested when he begins an investigation into a failed assassination attempt. Anushka Sharma’s production stars Abhishek Banerjee, Neeraj Kabi, Ishaq Singh, Swastika Mukherjee and Gul Panag.
During a Facebook live session from The Indian Express page, Jaideep Ahlawat talked about his Hades folk character Hathi Ram Chaudhary, the various layers of the story and the reaction of the audience.
Here are excerpts from the conversation:
Q. Paatal Lok has received great reviews from industry and audiences alike. Did you expect it
When you expect something, there is also a certain fear about whether that expectation is fulfilled or not. Even we had that fear, but looking at the reviews, we were kind of shocked (laughs) for the initial two days. Our team created the show with great hard work and enthusiasm and we are lucky that it reached the audience with the same honesty.
Q. What was your first reaction when the screenplay of Hades came to you?
For the first time, I got the script with 2-3 episodes. I read it at night and by the next morning it became difficult for me to come out of it. It was as if all the characters had held me. I went straight to meet Sudeep (co-writer Sudeep Sharma) and Karnesh (co-producer Karnesh Sharma) the next day to read the entire script. What I found interesting was that you get the first impression of all the characters in Black and White – criminals, media and police. There is a clear separation. But as the story progresses, all the characters merge into each other in such a way that you don’t realize what is right and what is wrong.
Q. What attracted you to elephant Ram Chaudhary and how did you get into his skin?
Hathi Ram’s visit made me nervous. He is a very weak character. I have never been given the role of a person who fails in life and is desperate to prove himself. It was a nice change for me to be able to play so many shades for someone with such a good personality and personality. So I just jumped at the chance.
Q. The scenes of Hathi Ram were physically drained. How did you cope with all the chase sequences?
I was around 85–87 kg. Sudeep sir told me to put on weight. Finally I touched 100 kg. When the show became physically demanding. Chitrakoot in particular was very difficult. It had a temperature of about 45–46 degrees. The scene where Hathi Ram is sitting on a ghat and speaking with a local journalist was so difficult because we could not sit on the stairs. Those slabs were burning hot.
Q. Both you and Hathi Ram are from Haryana. Did it help
Since Haryana is my birthplace, it became easy to understand the character. The short lines that were Haryana specific were definitely improved upon. So he had body language and how he used to speak in his dialect when he was alone. Sudeep Sir was specific about what the actor playing the character of Hathi Ram needed to do the right diction. Just. The rest he saw my work.
Q. I personally loved the scene where you kill men after killing your son. How did you approach it?
I will tell you something interesting. See, an elephant is a cute animal. But compared to its body, its eyes are very small, so it is never able to see its huge body, so it never realizes its true power. At this particular point of view, Hathi Ram faces a crisis. He has lost his job and honor, and is now on the verge of losing his son. So he cannot move and the elephant comes out. That scene becomes important because the son gets to see for the first time that his father is not someone you can play with.
Q. Any other characters you liked in Hades?
Hathoda Tyagi is such a strong character despite no dialogue and expression. It is most difficult to break him. It will be interesting to play him. I have known Abhishek (Banerjee) for a long time. There have been a lot of movies in the past where we were rejected together (laughs). We have seen each other’s journey. He is an amazing actor. Also the knife is quite interesting.
Q. The story of Hades is being interpreted differently. What do you say?
To decide how many sides you are able to see and how many sides are being shown to you. For example, the kind of matter assigned to Hathi Ram was not really so. So there will certainly be different interpretations of truth. My explanation was that this is a journey where you do not know what is true and what is false. Then you have to figure it out for yourself
Q. How long did you stay with Hathi Ram and script?
About six months. And due to the need of time, I could not take any other project. But at the end of day one comes back to life. You can see flashes of that character, but she was good.
Q. Many people have called Paatal Lok better than Mirzapur and Sacred Games. What is your reaction to such comparisons?
It was never written to be compared with any particular series. It was written as a different story with different characters. Every show has its place. When you do something honestly, you don’t think about these things. And if you make a comparison, I believe it means that you are already setting a limit for yourself. It is not good to set your bar in advance. The best needs to be taken out of a story.
Q. Talk about the two-director here (Avinash Arun and Proshit Roy).
It was something new to me because films are done by one director. Two directors always come up with two thought processes. Prostit shot the Chitrakoot sequence with me, while parts of the house and police station were shot by Avinash. They were in great harmony with each other. It was a new experience to see a story from the perspective of two people.
Q. Tell us something about that zoom success party with Anushka Sharma.
It was another unique experience. After all the reviews everyone was very happy. To be honest, I was very nervous because if suddenly it rains you with so much praise, you get nervous and don’t know how to handle it. Everyone was in the same state, and since we couldn’t step outside the house, we ran on screen.
Q. Is season two of Hades on the cards?
I don’t know, but it seems that the kind of love you all have given to Paatal Lok will force us to make another season. When I got this story, it was only a season script.
Q. And how do you see Hathi Ram developing in the next season?
If season 2 arrives, Hathi Ram will still go beyond what we saw in season 1. There are some things he has overcome professionally and personally. So his next trip may be with big problems.
Q. Which is your personal favorite police character onscreen?
Many! I love Sanjeev Kumar’s police part in Sholay. Manoj Bajpayee was also amazing in the school. I find Singham very entertaining.
Q. How do you see your journey from Shahid Khan to Hathi Ram Chaudhary?
I think I knocked on Indian cinema with Shahid Khan. It was a beautiful character and Anurag Kashyap managed to bring it to the screen with that beauty. I was fortunate to play him and be a part of milestone films like Gangs of Wasseypur. The journey from there to Hathi Ram has been good. Good and bad, successes and failures have all kinds of memories. but I’m happy.
Q. Do you think the responsibility of choosing the right script has increased now?
This concerns me at times. When the audience gives so much love, you feel that the responsibility has increased. I hope that now writers and directors will also contact me with good work.
Q. What are your films after OTT release? Your next film Khali Pili is also ready for digital release.
I don’t know how the producers plan to release it. And I have no opinion on the films being released on OTT. This is the decision of the producers as each project has a huge amount of money and a film that is unreleased has a lot of disadvantages. It is therefore the manufacturer’s choice.
Paatal Lok पाताल लोक – Official Trailer | Amazon Original | 15th May 2020
How not to swear over money, children, sex and paper envelope
How not to swear over money, children, sex and paper envelopes
We’ve had a lot of books about relationships, but none has ever made you laugh like that.
Belinda Luscombe has been writing about relationships for Time magazine for 20 years. And she actively practiced them: her marriage is almost 30 years old. So she discovered six areas that cause the most problems – everyone: intimacy, quarrels, finances, family, sex, mutual assistance.
In the book “Happiness Together” – instructions for technical inspection of relationships. Is everything going as it should or is it time to “change the oil”? There are many situations from family life in which you will probably recognize yourself, and tips to fix anything that is junk. With a fair amount of humor.
Do we have envelopes?
“My husband Jeremy does it with envelopes,” Belinda says. – Every time he asks if we have envelopes, although I have already shown him a thousand times where they are. On the shelf. Next to the handles. So what? My husband, going to send a letter, each time asks: “Do we have envelopes?”
Why can some trifle, insignificant imperfection in a loved one drive you to a frenzy? Because a wedding is not a happy ending at all. Married life is like clearing a path of snow: you start out full of enthusiasm, but it turns out that the activity requires much more endurance.
Of course, people get tired of relationships. This is as natural as the fact that food goes bad and the fire goes out. But we have learned to preserve food and keep the fire going. So you can come to an agreement with nature.
We are Incorporated
Imagine your marriage is a business partnership, “We Are Incorporated.” You manage finances together. Manage children together. Both of you are managers of your property – apartments, villas, cars. You combine the duties of a chef, taxi driver, travel agent and teacher.
Use proximity as a weapon, not a weapon. Cultivate a team spirit – it helps you achieve results in tedious and tedious tasks. Discuss resentments and grievances. This means that you spend time with a person not because it is pleasant, but because you create something together – a marriage, a family, a couple.
This is called “relational thinking,” and it is the key to a long and happier marriage.
Children are a laborious project, like putting together a three-dimensional puzzle, which also snaps and throws dirty clothes all over the apartment. One mother once said that upbringing is as much teamwork as robbing a bank: “One is robbing, the other is driving a car that will be used to get away.”
But remember, you are not together because of the children. Sometimes go on vacation without them. And remind yourself that it’s a good idea to nominate your partner sometimes.
Belinda Luscombe: “When my husband was looking after my son, the son fell out of the bed. When I was looking after my son, the baby fell out of the stroller. And which of us is the worst parent? ” – Source
If you think your partner is a lousy parent, try to moderate the criticism. After all, your skills are hardly perfect. This is the great meaning of having two parents: they bridge each other’s shortcomings.
Have a fight? Eat something
Belinda once asked Mark Zuckerberg what changed when Sheryl Sandberg, the first woman on the board, came to Facebook. Mark said: after her arrival, they forgot what hunger is. She made sure that there was always food on the tables during meetings.
Here’s a lesson from one of the richest women in the world: Never start an important conversation on an empty stomach.
If the relationship is broken
“Repairing” a marriage is exhausting. Sometimes it seems that getting a divorce is easier, as it is easier to buy new headphones than to untangle the wires from those that are. But think about this.
Scientists found 645 unhappy couples, and after 5 years they interviewed them. It turned out that those who got divorced did not feel happier than those who kept their marriage. And the couples who stayed together were glad they hadn’t parted.
Our thinking is aimed at solving problems, although in reality we need a different kind of thinking, “carousel”: now your horse is down, but wait a little – and it will rise again.
The book “Happiness Together” will surely appeal to those who appreciate humor. Belinda will make you laugh more than once and look at relationships from a different – more funny – angle. Family life can be boring, it can be difficult, but add a healthy dose of self-irony and it turns out that everything is not so bad.
Despite the humor, the conversation will go on the most serious topics, and you will find a lot of practical advice.
- Life lessons from the cat litter box
- “Financial violence against a partner”: how not to swear over money
- After hardship comes real hardship: parenting
- What the marriage ninja do
- Marriage without sex: the intimate side of union
- What to do if cheating occurs
We don’t find soul mates like beautiful seashells on the beach. We become soul mates. One of us is waves, the other is sand, and together we form a wonderful beach. Marriage means that you have tied your destiny with someone and said to this person: “It looks like the journey with you will be exciting.” So make it that way.
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