Paatal Lok actor Ishwak Singh: It’s a trance when you get a part like Imran Ansari

Paatal Lok actor Ishwak Singh: It’s a trance when you get a part like Imran Ansari

Amid the noteworthy cast of Amazon Prime Video’s Paatal Lok, one character that grabs eyeballs is Imran Ansari, played by Ishwak Singh. Ansari is a soft-spoken Kashmiri Muslim, who is a new recruit in the police department and the right hand of Jaideep Ahlawat’s Hathi Ram Chaudhary. In fact, Ansari is the yin to Hathi Ram’s yang. In a candid chat with indianexpress.com, Ishwak opened up about landing his breakthrough role in Paatal Lok, approaching his character with sensitivity and how a theatre background helped him. Here are excerpts from the conversation: Q. You are literally the second lead in Paatal Lok, and we got to know that only after watching it. Were you prepared for the audience reaction? An actor doesn’t have control over publicity and marketing, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. It’s been presented just in the perfect manner. I know Ansari is a very important character, pretty much like the second lead. They (Hathi Ram and Ansari) are both heroes, solving the case and have the virtues in the right place. It’s not like a character is tagging along. He has his own identity, background and has a beautiful relation with Hathi Ram. So I felt amazing right from the time I got the script. A lot of people told me it’s our favorite character because it’s so endearing. It’s a trance when you get a part like Imran Ansari. Q. Ansari shares a beautiful relationship with Hathi ...
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