The more layered a character, the more Jaideep Ahlawat enjoys immersing into the role, certain that he will make it his own. However, the actor, who has been on a hot streak since Paatal Lok (2020), admits it wasn’t an immediate yes after he read the script of the Netflix anthology, Ajeeb Daastaans. He features in Shashank Khaitan’s Majnu as Babloo, a thuggish political leader who thrives on exercising power and is deeply possessive of his wife.
“I thought the story was complicated, and I was scared as it was a challenging role, unlike anything I have done before. When Shashank handed over the script to me, I took nearly two days to finish reading the material,” recounts Ahlawat. Still unsure of how to approach the part, the actor says he had a long discussion with the director to understand the motivations of the character. “Babloo is a thug, but he is totally [reserved], and that makes him complicated and difficult to read. The challenge made me eventually take up the role,” says the actor, who is joined by Fatima Sana Shaikh and Armaan Rahlan in the drama.