“Paatal Lok” star Jaideep Ahlawat says within the age of social media the place data is only a faucet away for an individual with a smartphone, the accountability to “filter” proper from unsuitable rests extra on viewers. Ahlawat at the moment stars within the ZEE5 drama sequence “The Damaged Information”, during which he performs the position of Dipankar Sanyal, a TRP hungry media baron and high anchor at Josh 24/7 Information.
“Everybody must be extra accountable in instances like these the place anybody who has a smartphone is barraged with data. Media is considered the fourth pillar of democracy however now it is also upon viewers to filter what is true and unsuitable,” the 44-year-old actor instructed PTI in a Zoom interview.
Taking cue from his on-screen character, Ahlawat stated one has to maintain a examine if a narrative is being “offered” to the viewers as information.
“Because the Web and social media began rising, many information portals cropped up and that change was sure to occur. This panorama will proceed to evolve. However now there may be extra accountability on the viewers additionally. Earlier, we’d take issues on the face worth, right now that may’t be completed,” he added.
In response to the makers, the sequence follows the story of two rival Mumbai-based information channels – Awaaz Bharati, an unbiased, moral information channel, and Josh 24/7 Information, which presents sensationalist and invasive journalism and “what transpires between the principle characters of their quest for information”.
Whereas he believes everybody ought to pay attention to what’s taking place round them, Ahlawat stated one does not have to depend on information channels to take action.
“I’m unable to observe information channels as I hardly get time because of the sort of work I do. You might have the Web the place yow will discover out about something.
Already there may be data overload your complete day. Every time information involves you, there are methods to confirm it,” he added.
It takes a while to confirm information however one should not ahead alongside no matter messages they get through social media, the actor cautioned.
“I by no means try this till I am certain about its veracity. If you wish to discover out if some declare is true or not, there are methods to seek out out. You simply must be affected person.”
The present is directed by Vinay Waikul, who just lately helmed the crime-thriller Netflix sequence “Aranyak”. Describing “The Damaged Information”, a sensible wordplay on the breaking information phenomenon, as a “related story that’s associated to our lives immediately and not directly”, the actor stated the sequence follows the lives of people who find themselves the faces of reports channels but additionally those that work behind the scenes.
What attracted him most about his character was that Dipankar had all of the potential layers a human being may have, Rohtak-born Ahlawat stated.
“This half had so many shades. There may be extra to the media tycoons than you see. Wherever Dipankar is standing in his profession, he’s there by selection. The day he feels he’s not doing the suitable factor by himself, he’ll stroll away.”
The present is an adaptation of the favored 2018 British sequence “Press” and Ahlawat stated the important thing distinction between the 2 is that the unique centered on print media within the UK and “The Damaged Information” follows TV newsrooms.
The actor additionally stated he did not watch the mum or dad sequence as a result of the Indian script, penned by “Press” scribe Mike Barlett and Sambit Mishra, was a “full guideline” for him.
Ahlawat believes any movie or sequence that comes out from the business is “not only for present functions”.
“It can be interpreted as ‘possibly this is part of your society, one thing that you’ll be able to sideline. In order for you, possibly take a look at it once more right here.’ In a method, we’re presenting our take right here.
“You’ll be able to view some issues with higher focus when that’s lined in a span of one-two hours of a sequence. In any other case you watch the sport of reports 24×7,” the FTII graduate stated.
Ahlawat will subsequent be seen in Prime Video’s “Paatal Lok” season two, the place he’ll reprise his position of the cop Hathiram Chaudhary, “An Motion Hero”, and Sujoy Ghosh’s movie adaptation of the Japanese best-selling novel “The Devotion of Suspect X”, which additionally stars
Hathiram, usually considered his breakthrough efficiency, will likely be “again with a bang”, he stated.
“New challenges look ahead to Hathiram and I am very excited to take up these challenges as an actor. Season two has a superb story by Sudip Sharma sir. The capturing begins quickly.”
“An Motion Hero”, directed by Aniruddh Iyer and in addition starring Ayushmann Khurrana, follows an artist’s journey each in entrance and behind the lens, and the actor stated the story is once more a mirrored image of our lives.
“It’s a battle between two males. They’ve created a complete world within the movie. It has an attention-grabbing story, nice characters. It is a reflective story of us, our society, and our cinema.
“‘The Devotion of Suspect X’ has a wonderful adaptation. We hope we’re capable of do justice to it. The second schedule is occurring in Mumbai. Kareena ma’am, Vijay and I are attempting to convey a superb cinematic expertise to you,” Ahlawat stated.
“The Damaged Information” premiered on Friday.