Abhishek Banerjee says – “I am an actor by default and that is why I can be a casting director by default — because that also became by default. I am an actor and it helps me understand characters, acting and the directors’ brief and am an actor. I know these three things that is why I am a casting director.”
Talking about does he feel the character Hathoda Tyagi helped him break his image? Abhishek Banerjee says – “It was quite unexpected because after ‘Ajji’, funnily I thought I was going to get these roles, but then ‘Stree’ happened and I was only getting comedy. So, I was wondering, ‘I can do various shades but when will I get the opportunity?”
He further adds – “Then Hathoda Tyagi came and I completely ignored (it). It was not planned. But then when I got the part within a week of staying with the character. I knew this was the one I really had to perform. Because this was the one that would make people believe that I can do other parts. That’s what I always wanted.”
Abhishek has been in the industry for almost a decade now and has worked in films such as “No One Killed Jessica”, “Phillauri“, “Dream Girl”, “Stree” and “Bala”. Last year, his role of the killer Hathoda Tyagi in the web series “Paatal Lok” won him special acclaim. He has also excelled with his performances in “Mirzapur” season one and the web film “Unpaused” in the digital space. Abhishek also garnered attention essaying a brutal role in Devashish Makhija’s 2017 release, “Ajji”.