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New-found fame gives me hope, strength: Abhishek Banerjee

Abhishek Banerjee hopes his journey in the industry would motivate many who want to pursue performing arts. He believes it is important for an artiste to be open to “criticism”.

By: PTI | Mumbai | September 27, 2020 4:29:09 pm
Abhishek BanerjeeAbhishek Banerjee's latest series, family comedy PariWar for Disney+ Hotstar has received a positive response. (Photo: Abhishek Banerjee/Instagram)

From playing miniscule parts to prominent roles, Paatal Lok star Abhishek Banerjee has risen up as a performer with every project and the actor says the new-found fame gives him strength to continue giving his best.

After a string of successful comedic turns in films like Stree, Dream Girl, Bala, Banerjee surprised everyone with his portrayal of a hot-headed killer Hathoda Tyagi in Amazon Prime Video series Paatal Lok. His latest series, family comedy PariWar for Disney+ Hotstar has also received positive response.

Reminiscing his early days as an actor, when he made blink-and-you-miss appearances in No One Killed Jessica, Rang De Basanti, Go Goa Gone, Banerjee said he didn’t expect anything out of those opportunities, apart from experience.

“I have been running a lot since the time I came to Mumbai. I have just been working hard and not looking behind. My wife keeps pointing out how things are changing. I am getting the attention or so-called fame or trust from the industry. It builds a lot of strength inside me,” Banerjee told PTI in an interview.

The 32-year-old actor hopes his journey in the industry would motivate many who want to pursue performing arts.

“I want to give this strength to all newcomers and tell them that it is possible… The new-found fame is hope for me and not just for me but for so many others,” he added.

Banerjee, who is also a casting director and runs company Casting Bay with Anmol Ahuja, believes it is important for an artiste to be open to “criticism” as it pushes one to take their performance a notch higher.

“If someone is praising my work as Hathoda Tyagi, I feel this was cool and I have to go to the next level. That is the pressure. The pressure is of performance. If people don’t like my work, I will take it as criticism and try and better myself.”

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His recent outing PariWar, he said, came to him when he was in the midst of shooting for Paatal Lok and prepping for his upcoming film Helmet.

The actor said he came on board the six-episode series as it gave him a chance to learn more about the craft and explore his “romantic” side on screen.

PariWar revolves around a family squabbling over a lucrative property which was donated to a theatre artiste to build home for widows and widowers.

Read | Pariwar review: The Disney Plus Hotstar series needed smarter writing

The series also features seasoned actors like Gajraj Rao, Sadiya Siddiqui, Ranvir Shorey, Vijay Raaz and Yashpal Sharma.

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