1 year of Paatal Lok: Jaideep Ahlawat reminisce first day of shoot; Abhishek Banerjee reveals how makers cast him for the menacing role


It’s been a year since the web series Paatal Lok released on Amazon Prime Video and took the country by storm. Looking back at the character of Hathiram Chaudhary that made Jaideep Ahlawat a household name, the actor shared a couple of pictures on social media with an emotional post.

He captioned the images, “I still remember ... This was the 1st day on the sets of Paatal Lok... Hathiram in front of mirror. In self doubt and confidence at the same time ... sure and equally unsure how this journey is gonna be. Thanks to the entire Crew & Cast of #paatallok for this Unforgettable experience of my life and Thank you each & everyone of you for giving Soooooo much Love. I am honoured and humbled. love You All @primevideoin @officialcsfilms @anushkasharma @kans26 #sudipsharma @manojmittra @saurabhma @prositroy @avinasharun24fps @jaideepahlawat #NeerajKabi @gulpanag @swastikamukherjee13 @nowitsabhi @serialclicker811 #GunjitChopra @sagarhaveli @ijagjeetsandhu @ishwaksingh @aasifkhan.1 @magniloquent_spoony @aninditaa_bose @vipinsinsta @saurabh_goswami13 @mukundgupta @maria.tharakan @dsouzavinit @djangokaza @benedmusic @_naren @salam_ansari9 @ankitmalik3 @its_just_roo @vahishaikh.”

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On the other hand, Abhishek Banerjee who played the role of Hathoda Tyagi shared how he got the gritty and serious role of the dreaded assassin since he has always been seen in comic roles before. He also shared a video on his Instagram that he captioned as, “#Repost @primevideoin
One year of Paatal Lok @officialcsfilms #sudipsharma @anushkasharma @kans26 @jaideepahlawat @swastikamukherjee13 @neerajkabi @ishwaksingh @jagdeepsidhu3 @aasifkhan_1 #mariem @aninditaa_bose @gulpanag #avinasharun @prositroy @saurabhma @its_just_roh #PaatalLokOnPrime #paatallok #hathodatyagi #amazonprime

The actor who also is a casting director said, “Sudip sir went to watch Stree in theatre one day and he called me next day saying that he wanted me to try for Hathoda Tyagi!! He said, 'He saw a maniac in my eyes'. It was a shocker, I didn’t expect that, I stared at myself in the mirror looking for the maniac in me. Initially I didn’t find the role exciting, Tyagi didn’t have many dialogues, even the screen time was less compared to other characters! I was half hearted about attempting the audition plus I was the casting director too so didn’t want to be in an embarrassing situation where I get to hear the news of my own rejection from the the team."

He continues, "However, Karnesh sir and Sudip sir were both convinced that I could do a good Job with it. They were not liking the other options I presented to them for Hathoda's role! Finally after a long internal duel I gathered courage and gave the audition! I gave it my all but still was nervous when I finally sent them the test. Next Morning Karnesh sir called, I picked it up anxiously and then I was told that they really like my audition and I am on for the part! Phew! That was such a relief. But it was only the beginning of a difficult yet beautiful journey!!"

(Source: Agencies/Instagram)