AUDI5: ‘Web series challenges you to try new things'
Outlook|June 01, 2020
Actor Jaideep Ahlawat is winning accolades for his portrayal of a down-and-out cop in the web series Paatal Lok, a neo-noir crime thriller. The 42-year-old actor talks to Giridhar Jha about the web series and his journey in Bollywood so far. Excerpts:
Giridhar Jha
What is the USP of Paatal Lok?

It is one of the finest written shows I have seen in recent times. You get to see a social structure made of different strata of society—Swarg Lok, Dharti Lok and Paatal Lok—where people from different classes lead their lives in their own way.

As far as my character is concerned, Hathiram is from Dharti Lok. He is torn between his personal and professional lives. How he lands in such a situation and how he fights his battle on both fronts to forge ahead is what this show is all about. It is the story of every individual

Content has been a buzzword in the entertainment industry for about a decade now. Do you think web series will take it to the next level?

Absolutely. It is an audio-visual medium that enables you to tell your story on a huge platform with a worldwide reach. You can showcase your work through it and also watch the work of others from across the world. It helps you widen your horizons when you get to see such work. You get a better vision and perspective as an actor and feel challenged to try new things. It also allows you to show certain content that cannot be shown under the present Indian censorship laws. Of course, web content is classified in different categories, such as 13+, 16+ or 18+ depending on their suitability, but this is discretionary.

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