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‘I can’t understand why I’m not cast in negative roles’: Aftab Shivdasani

‘Grand Masti’ actor Aftab Shivdasani discusses his upcoming net collection ‘Poison 2’ and his want to play characters which have various shades of gray

The arrival of a new child right into a household isn’t a activity with out challenges. Aftab Shivdasani, who welcomed a daughter in August is studying a factor or two concerning the job at hand.

“[Fatherhood] is a tremendous feeling. It makes a giant distinction. My spouse [Nin Dusanj] and I have a look at her, after which we have a look at one another and marvel if that is actual. Her innocence brings us nearer. After all, every part now revolves round her… even these interviews,” the 42-year-old actor says, over telephone from London, UK.

He describes himself as a “hands-on father”. “We share duties… from altering nappies, to entertaining her, rocking her and placing her to mattress. Aside from feeding, in fact,” he laughs.

The actor is ready to make his digital streaming debut with the upcoming ZEE5 present Poison 2. Consisting of 11 episodes, Poison 2 streams from October 16; it’s a revenge thriller net collection directed by Vishal Pandya and produced by Panorama Leisure and Bombay Media Works. Alongside Aftab, the present additionally stars Raai Laxmi, Zain Imam, Pooja Chopra, Rahul Dev and Vin Rana amongst others.

Aftab Shivdasani with Raai Laxmi (L) in ‘Poison 2’

Aftab performs Aditya, a personality with gray shades and who’s out for revenge. The plot revolves round two camps’ try to take management of a racecourse by successful an public sale. Of his character, Aftab says, “Aditya is a man who individuals know little about. He’s out to actual revenge on individuals who had wronged him previously. There may be that thriller about him; he’s charming but in addition ruthless. Because the present progresses, the viewers learns extra about what he has got down to do.”

Influential antagonist

It’s simple to affiliate Aftab with the various romantic and comedy ventures, just like the Masti franchise of movies, that he has been a part of in Bollywood. He’s rueful of this reality as a result of the actor believes that it has robbed him of alternatives to play extra characters which have shades of gray; one thing he admittedly prefers experimenting with on display.

“I’ve been attempting to grasp why individuals didn’t consider me in additional such roles after Kasoor,” he says, referencing his second characteristic movie as an grownup since making the transition from a baby actor. A Mukesh Bhatt manufacturing, Kasoor (2001) had Aftab play the position of a assassin, a efficiency for which he was lauded.

Aftab Shivdasani in ‘Poison 2’

“It’s virtually as if individuals had forgotten concerning the movie,” he continues. “They [filmmakers] form of put me in a field… that of comedy. However I want taking part in the grey-ish characters as a result of these are difficult to painting as an actor and there’s something inherently entertaining about taking over such a task. I hope individuals discover me in Poison 2 and get me to do totally different stuff once more,” he provides.

Poison 2 was scheduled for an April launch, however a manufacturing delay attributable to the COVID-19 lockdown pushed the present to October. It was one of many first productions to renew capturing as soon as restrictions have been relaxed. As he accomplished a schedule of filming put up restart, Aftab contracted the virus.

“I used to be within the midst of catching a flight again to London to be with my spouse and daughter. So, in fact, the check returning constructive threw me off guard. I missed them lots,” he says, of the time he needed to spend in isolation after contracting the virus. Aftab examined destructive for COVID-19 early this month, and he left for London to be together with his household quickly after being cleared for journey.

In July this yr, Aftab and his spouse Nin launched their very own manufacturing home, Mount Zen Media, with an purpose to provide characteristic movies, on-line exhibits and documentaries. The duo additionally introduced its first venture, a characteristic movie starring Aftab titled Dhundh. Nevertheless, the actor updates that the venture is now within the backburner. “We’re altering a few issues with Dhundh, however we’re additionally planning on doing two extra scripts. As soon as issues are in place, we are going to make an announcement,” he provides.

Poison 2 streams on ZEE5 from October 16