Taher Shabbir from ALTBalaji’s Bekaaboo 2
Talented actor Taher Shabbir is known for various roles in various projects in the entertainment industry. ALTBalaji’s psycho-thriller is one of the major highlights of his career. Taher himself tells us how and why. Bekaaboo 2, required Taher to reinvent everything about the character Kiyan. Here is his own account of how it went down…
● Tell us about the show.
ALTBalaji’s Bekaaboo 2 picks up right where season 1 left off, the psycho-thriller follows a young author, Anaysha, who shot to fame overnight owing to a book she wrote not so ethically. There is a target on almost everyone’s backs in the series. No one is aware of who is after their lives and happiness, this is the USP of the show and this is what is going to keep the audience engrossed.
● Tell us about your character
My character Kiyan is borderline psychotic and seeks revenge on quite a few people, especially Ananysha and Kashti. Kiyan doesn’t let things go and doesn’t forgive quickly. Season 2 will see a more evolved version of my character, and I am excited about the audience’s reaction.
● What all preparations did you do for the character?
The reason why I am a part of Bekaaboo 2 is because of the script and the potential my character Kiyan has. When I read the script I had to work on my body language a lot as I play a grey character out to seek revenge. It was really interesting to play Kiyan in Season 2.
● How excited are you for season 2?
This series has always been huge among the youth; Season 1 was received so well, so I’m pretty sure it will be better with season 2. So I am excited to see how it looks on screen as well as the audience reaction.
● Do you feel OTT platforms are the future of the entertainment industry?
OTT platforms are the future of the entertainment industry catering to various genres, stories, etc. as the platforms are growing at a lightning speed. The way things are going it might be possible that people will only prefer OTT as they are easily accessible and at any place. With their diverse content and growing audience, digital platforms are anticipated to be the new normal for everyone.
● How was your experience working with your co-stars?
I loved working with all of them, I had a different equation off camera with them all amazing, beautiful, truly talented, and they will have bright futures and are yet to reach their max potential and will shine. They will do it as soon as possible because they are truly talented and hardworking.
● What are your expectations from the show?
How it is going to be received is not in our hands but as an actor, I have given my one hundred percent. I want the show to be fabulous and the one that stays with the audience. We have given our hundred percent, and that is all that we could’ve done.
● What is that one message you’d like to share with your viewers and fans?
That ambition shouldn’t cloud your judgment and that pulling people down to grow isn’t the solution. One should always work on one’s inner self. Forgiveness is more for oneself than for others.
● How was the shooting experience post-COVID norms?
I was excited to face the camera after a brief hiatus. It felt like a homecoming of sorts. While makers ensure that all the guidelines are followed on sets, actors are also being extra cautious. There were limited people on sets, and we wore masks. At every point in and around the sets, there were sanitizer bottles and sprays. It was quite a distinct experience, but I got used to it. It has become a new normal for everyone.
● What precautions did you take while shooting?
It was challenging to shoot during such restrictions, however keeping in mind the guidelines, I made sure to carry my sanitizers, mask, gloves, etc. It was not only to ensure my safety but also to ensure the safety of my fellow cast and crew members.
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