Amazon Prime Video’s much awaited second season of Mirzapur finally released recently and it has been creating a buzz across the internet. The series is directed by Gurmmeet Singh & Mihir Desai, created by Puneet Krishna and bankrolled by Ritesh Sidhwani & Farhan Akhtar under the banner of Excel Entertainment. All the characters have a huge following amongst the netizens. Even the character of Maqbool played by Shaji Chaudhary, who plays right hand man of Kaleen Bhaiya, has become a fan favourite. But, the fame didn’t come easy for the actor.
Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Shaji revealed that he has been working in the industry for over a decade and doing small roles before he got Mirzapur role. “My first film was Main Hoon Naa in which I had one scene but it’s an interesting scene. Then, I signed Jodhaa Akbar in 2007 and it released in 2008,” he said.
He further revealed how he was approached for the role of Maqbool. “In the Jodhaa Akbar, Mirzapur director Gurmmeet Singh was Chief Assistant Director. So I knew him but that time and I feel he had also suggested my name for Maqbool’s role Shaji would be better,” he said. “For formality, they had done a look test in Abhishek Banerjee’s office. Then I went to the office where I got to know that there was a character of Maqbool and he is Kaleen Bhaiyya’s right hand man. But, I was skeptical since I had already done such roles in the past as well because I wanted to do some roles that are better. I wasn’t fully convinced about it. Then I asked Gurmmeet sir ‘Tell me what to do since I am not able to understand!’ He only had this to say from the beginning till the end that ‘if you have any faith and trust in me, I would suggest to do this role.’ I had this feeling that because he is saying this, it means something and he won’t misuse me. He said that this is not a left hand or right hand kinda role but it is in itself a character.”
Shaji Chaudhary said that though he had done smaller roles throughout his career, Gurmmeet Singh had faith in him that Mirzapur role was well-defined and meaty in itself.
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