Aftab Shivdasani: I knew exactly what I was getting into

Aftab Shivdasani: I knew exactly what I was getting into

He has been the ideal embodiment of the boy-next-door throughout his career, but when Neeraj Pandey cast Aftab Shivdasani as a RAW agent in Disney+ Hotstar’s Special Ops 1.5, the world woke up and took notice. While he played a pivotal role in the four-episode series, his character Vijay Kumar was killed face-to-face with the mastermind. But the actor has “no regrets” about his early death in the series. “I knew exactly what I was doing. I am glad that the show got massive appreciation and a lot of people notice me in a new light,” says the actor, who is known for playing the Kay Kay Menon-starrer. Nominated in Best Supporting Actor (Male) Series for Mid-Day at the Radio City Hitlist OTT Awards.

For someone who started acting at the age of 14 months – a commercial ad as a child – and his later years in the industry, Shivdasani found it challenging not to improvise on set. “I had a lot to remember, especially since I had to give details about Himmat Singh’s character in the RAW office, which could not be improved upon. It was a challenge to make sure I didn’t get any facts or numbers wrong,” says the actor, adding that it was also difficult to rule in his reaction when Gautami Kapoor’s character, who plays his wife in the series, announced her pregnancy. “Since I’m a RAW officer, [my reaction] To look real at the same time was to be underestimated as it is the biggest news for any man. So, it had to be subtle, yet sweet and honest.” Shivdasani is currently in talks for a few films and web shows that will help broaden his horizons as an actor.”[I am experimenting with] in styles I’ve never done before,” he concluded.

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Aftab Shivdasani has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor (Male) Series category for Special Ops 1.5. Other nominees in the category are:

, Amit Sial (Queen)
, Dino Morea (Empire)
, Gajraj Rao (Why is there a ruckus, Ray)
, Pawan Malhotra (Eclipse)
, Sharib Hashmi (The Family Man S02)
, Sunil Grover (Tandav)
, Vaibhav Raj Gupta (piggy bank S02)

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