While he certainly may have sent shivers down your spine as Vishal Tyagi aka Hathoda Tyagi in the recently released Amazon Prime Original Paatal Lok, don’t let Abhishek Banerjee’s intense look in the crime thriller fool you.
On the contrary, the talented and upcoming actor is known for leaving the audience in splits with commendable performances in Stree, Dream Girl, Bala to name a few. Playing the role of the lead antagonist to perfection, Hathodi Tyagi, as one of the most dreadful villains seen in recent times, has become a character that’s certainly put Abhishek in the big league.
Speaking about the process of playing the ruthless hammer-wielding gangster Hathoda Tyagi, Abhishek talks about getting into the skin of the character and how it took a toll on him. He says, “I broke down one day while driving with my wife and kept saying that it’s not me. That is when I understood Tyagi. He is a man who’s far beyond anger and revenge. He wants to cleanse the world for others so that there are no more Tyagis.”
Watching this crime thriller makes one understand why Tyagi is what he is. Such is his riveting backstory that it makes you want to root for the bad guy. Is he able to redeem himself or succeed in his mission, we’d certainly want you to unravel the mysteries of Paatal Lok.
Produced by Anushka Sharma’s Clean Slate Films, Paatal Lok revolves around four gangsters attempting to assassinate media tycoon Sanjeev Mehra played by Neeraj Kabi. With the case falling into the hands of a Delhi cop Hathiram Chaudhary, portrayed by Jaideep Ahlawat, he begins his mission to bring the guilty to justice.
What also makes Paatal Lok stand out is the ensemble cast that delivers a power-packed performance to remember. Such is the gripping narration that the likes of Jagjt Sandhu, Ishwak Singh, Gul Panag, Aasif Khan, Swastika Mukherjee, Niharika Lyra Dutt, Mairembam Ronaldo Singh bite into their roles with utmost perfection to leave one in awe.