Jaideep Ahlawat is known for his tough guy personas, strong personality and the intense characters that he pulls off with ease. However, even for a tough guy like him, his first reaction upon hearing the script of his latest film on Netflix – ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’ – was TERROR! Shocking but true! The actor plays the role of Babloo, a thuggish political leader, who thrives on exercising power and vengeance. He is extremely possessive towards his wife but not out of love. But why did this character and the film ‘Majnu’ scare him?
Talking about his first reaction on reading the script of ‘Majnu’, Ahlawat said, “I thought the story was complicated and I was scared as it was an extremely challenging role, unlike anything I have done before. I remember when Shashank handed over the script for me to read – I took nearly two days to finish reading the material and then I spoke to him about what he thought of the character to gain more clarity as I still wasn’t sure. Babloo’s character is a thug but is totally confined within himself and that makes him very complicated, not easy to read. The challenge is what made me eventually take it up and play it to the best of my ability.”
Ahlawat stars alongside Fatima Sana Shaikh and Armaan Rahlan in Shashank Khaitan’s film titled ‘Majnu’ which is the story of a young couple who are caught in a battle of affection. However, this battle is not with each other, but with the new young male employee.
‘Ajeeb Daastaans’ brings together four unusual stories that dive into the complex themes of fractured relationships, and human emotions such as jealousy, entitlement, prejudices and toxicity, and their effects. Bringing together some of the finest talent in the country, the film is produced by Dharmatic Entertainment, directed by a team of remarkable directors – Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani – and is set to release on April 16, 2021 only on Netflix. The talented ensemble cast comprises of Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Banerjee, Inayat Verma, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul and Tota Roy Chowdhury.