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Shahab Ali on his romantic track with Samantha Akkineni in The Family Man 2: ‘It made Sajid human’

Actor Shahab Ali says his life has modified fully after enjoying Sajid in The Household Man. He, nonetheless, is at pains to say that in contrast to his character, he is an efficient boy in actual life. “I used to be a bit of scared how individuals would settle for this detrimental character. Now I’m getting messages that they may have disliked Sajid, however they liked me,” the actor shared.

After troubling Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) within the first season, Shahab performed the parallel villain together with Samantha Akkineni’s Raji in The Household Man season 2 too. Whereas he acquired praised for his onscreen silences that seethed with vengeance, the destiny of his character did go away him a tad sad.

Shahab performed the lead in musicals like Zangoora and Mughal-e-Azam earlier than making a change to digital camera. The Delhi boy acquired candid with indianexpress.com about being a part of Raj and DK’s extremely profitable franchise for 2 seasons, working with biggies like Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni and what lies forward of him as an actor.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

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How will you describe your life ever since The Household Man season 2 launched?

I knew I had given my finest to Sajid and anticipated the viewers will like my work. However the response for each season two and Sajid is overwhelming. The viewers could be very clever. They discover how an actor transforms whereas performing. I’m additionally getting calls from individuals within the business who I’ve appeared upto.

Sajid was one of many foremost villains in season one as nicely. However the reception has been a lot better this time. What do you suppose modified for the character in season two that persons are noticing you extra?

Sajid’s character was getting established in season one and folks had seen a streak of his aggression, which has gone a number of notches up this time. He’s extra menacing and his mission is extra fearsome. There’s additionally a softer aspect to Sajid with Raji. That’s why they preferred my efficiency too.

Manoj Bajpayee’s Srikant Tiwari is out to nab Sajid performed by Shahab Ali within the two seasons of The Household Man.

With a robust story arc, would you name Sajid a villain or an anti-hero?

After I see Sajid, there are particular issues that disturb me. I don’t agree together with his vengeful nature. That may by no means be justified. Secondly, I don’t agree with violence and what Sajid needs to do with Dhriti. This stuff make him a villain. However as a result of he has his personal journey, struggling and causes, he stays between an anti-hero and a villain. That’s the great thing about this present. Full credit score to the writers to present Sajid that area.

So how was the response when Sajid was killed off in The Household Man 2?

Folks informed me they felt heartbroken. I questioned why as he was a foul man, so they need to be glad. They informed me they will’t think about a season Three with out Sajid. Some followers additionally wish to begin a petition for his resurrection. They’re giving concepts that possibly he was sporting a bullet proof jacket he survived (laughs).

I want I acquired observed a bit extra in season one and obtained extra love. When my dying was going to be shot, I used to be very unhappy. I went to Krishna DK sir and requested if it was doable that Sajid escapes this sequence too, after which it turns into his trait that he all the time escapes from the maintain of Srikant. He stated this was Sajid’s peak, so now we can not save him. Later I realised that he deserved to die with the sort of plans he had.

Take me again to you approaching board this internet present and why Raj and DK solid you?

I feel they wished an harmless wanting man to maintain the confusion about his actuality. I bear in mind they informed me that in season two, there shall be much more of Sajid. He’ll be the principle antagonist. I used to be additionally glad to see his romantic monitor with Raji with some private scenes the place I acquired to showcase my performing prowess. Raj and DK desire actors who’ve the caliber, even when they aren’t that huge a reputation.

Raj and DK are sensible at taking pictures single take lengthy photographs. And also you lead one of many main sequences of rescuing Raji within the present. Take me by all the course of.

We needed to rehearse loads as a result of even when one particular person’s timings goes off, you’ll must reshoot it. It’s my favorite scene this season. I wasn’t part of the same one-take hospital scene in season one and I regretted that. However this time, I felt actually fortunate. I feel we did 8-10 takes to get the shot proper. There are principally technical errors, such as you don’t get the proper response on time. It was a really tough sequence as we had been taking pictures in Chennai’s intense warmth, when half of the unit was unwell. However as soon as we achieved it, it was a unique degree of satisfaction.

How do Raj and DK work in such synchronisation in line with you?

Their camaraderie is unbelievable. I’ve by no means seen them clashing over an thought, although each of them are poles aside, and so is their working fashion. That’s the place they complement one another. You’ll by no means really feel any strain round them. They know methods to strike a stability with the actors too. Neither will they management you, not go away you unguarded. It’s uncommon to discover a director duo like them.

You started working with two of the most important stars – Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni. In truth most of your scenes are with Samantha. Did you’re feeling fortunate?

I take into account myself the luckiest on this unit. I can write a e book about what I discovered from Manoj sir. I name him god of performing. The layers he places in his efficiency and the best way he transforms for each character, only a few actors attain that degree. It’s all due to his arduous work, wrestle and journey. Simply seeing him work is a studying expertise. And if you happen to get to do a scene with him, it’s a dream come true. The primary time I met him was on the set of season one for the chase sequence in Kashmir. When he acquired to know that we’ve got an NSD join, our bonding acquired higher.

With Samantha, initially I acquired a bit of intimidated. However we quickly acquired comfy as a result of she made issues simple. She is so skilled and so targeted. We by no means rehearsed collectively. We used to arrange individually and immediately give our takes. Perhaps that’s why our scenes are so pure.

Being an NSD passout with virtually a decade of expertise on stage, what did you deliver on digital camera out of your theatre background?

If I’m good on stage, doesn’t imply I’ll excel on digital camera too. One factor that I attempted to observe is to be truthful in entrance of digital camera. Although I like Shah Rukh Khan and Govinda, I like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Irrfan Khan too. Even if you happen to don’t go to a drama college, your studying continues. And to maintain your craft, you should hold enhancing your self. A drama college teaches you that routine. Fortunately, I used to be a part of two of the most important broadway reveals in India. Zangoora got here from a business area and marked the start of my Bollywood coaching. In Mughal-e-Azam I acquired to play Salim. No different director has taught me about performing as a lot as Feroz Abbas Khan sir did. Each Mughal-e-Azam and Zangoora had been poles aside and introduced versatility in me.

Going ahead, would you miss Sajid within the subsequent season of The Household Man?

My precedence shall be to do selection and good things as a result of there’s a duty after a profitable character. However actors like me don’t have the freedom to decide on. So I have to resolve from no matter involves me and provides my finest. Sure, I’ll miss Sajid immensely. I don’t know the way I’ll watch season 3. However I’m wanting ahead to seeing new actors and a brand new villain. I gave Raj and DK the choice to create a twin brother of Sajid who needs to take revenge, in order that I’m again (laughs). However, as Manoj sir places it – I’m going to have a serious FOMO!

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