Jaideep Ahlawat: 2020 has given me more confidence as an actor

That was amazing. I’d love to do a comedy. Only regret was I couldn’t step out and meet people when Paatal Lok released. Earlier, I saw other memes and thought they are well made. That’s the beauty of telling stories onscreen. Post Baaghi 3’s release, I was at home after a long time. I feel motivated and hope to do even better work in the future. I hope to do extensive and satisfying work. I loved Bandish Bandits. But more than that you feel a different kind of satisfaction and calmness. Do you feel satisfied delivering such varied work this year? I thought it had a unique romanticism. How do you compare the same time in 2019 with your 2020? When you prepare hard for a character and get a great result, you feel happy. I’m yet to sign a project. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. It happened at the correct time. View this post on Instagram

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Any other show or film this year you wished you were a part of, and why? I shot Bard of Blood, Paatal Lok, Baaghi 3, Khaali Peeli and a short film for Netflix, back-to-back for one and a half years. Here are excerpts from the conversation:
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I take all my projects as an examination. It would be challenging and fun to play the lead there, as he had different shades. The way fans interpreted it was amazing. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. I loved his performance too. We knew that if the story managed to reach the audience properly, it’ll be liked. Then Paatal Lok released and two months passed there. Once, while travelling from Mumbai to Delhi, the Starbucks guys wrote my name as Hathiram on the coffee mug. But when such memes get associated with you, you feel a belonging that people are able to understand the emotions and what your character wants to convey. While his Baaghi 3 was the last film to have a theatrical release before the lockdown in March, his Khaali Peeli opted for a digital release. Apart from Paatal Lok, you were also seen in potboilers like Baaghi 3 and Khaali Peeli. Do you think OTT projects came into your life at the right time? You approach life in a better way. Written by Mimansa Shekhar
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Jaideep Ahlawat was seen in Paatal Lok, Khaali Peeli and Baaghi 3 in 2020. (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)
How did you react to all the memes around Hathiram and Paatal Lok? In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, Jaideep Ahlawat looks back at the year, and how it changed him. Films and web have their own world, and I hope they continue to run parallel for me. By the time it subsided, things began opening up. That journey was interesting. I was into the mould of Hathiram for six long months. Last year this time, we were making Paatal Lok. I am not a very outgoing person. I had a loud laugh so many times. Jaideep Ahlawat and Abhishek Banerjee in a still from Paatal Lok. That drives you to do better work. That happened with me. All these projects were shot back-to-back before the lockdown. I was on phone, social media and calls every day. I think I’ve got more confidence as an actor. Has success changed you in any way? Maybe I’ve calmed down a little more. So I feel great seeing Hathiram and Paatal Lok in the list of top shows and characters this year. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd When your work gets accepted, the storm inside you subsides. There are so many. What can we expect from you in 2021? I wish things get normalised soon and we are able to return to the sets. (Photo: Pravin Talan/Instagram)Paatal Lok and Jaideep Ahlawat’s character in the show Hathiram Chaudhary made a lot of noise in the digital space this year. My life revolves around my work. How did you cope with the lockdown? So this character stayed with me for a considerable amount of time last year. Then there’s Pratik Gandhi in Scam 1992. Later, when you watch it, you realise you were in a different zone for each of them. So lockdown went in a jiffy for me. The actor, who got a new lease of life post the show’s mammoth success, says, “Whenever people appreciate Hathiram, I stand there with folded hands and accept it all on behalf of my entire team.”
Jaideep had three projects in 2020, apart from Paatal Lok. I keep saying in all my interviews that please approach me with a good comic role. But the amount of love we received was overwhelming. The initial months of lockdown were spent in understanding what’s happening. I have very limited friends also. Talks are still on. I love Sufi music, though I cannot sing. If it was sooner or later, maybe it might not have had such an impact. That’s why maybe I found a connection with the show.