Aakash Dahiya is cementing his place in Indian cinema and digital content with every performance. Take a look at our recent chat with the talented actor.

It is true that a good actor doesn’t need two hours of screen-time to prove their talent, even a few scenes are enough for them to capture the audiences. And that’s exactly the case with Aakash Dahiya. The talented actor began his journey with theatre and also worked as a casting director with Mukesh Chhabra before making his entry in Bollywood in 2009 with a part in Kaminey. He has also been a part of several movies including Trishna, Rockstar, Mastram, Bobby Jasoos, Meeruthiya Gangsters. D-Day, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and others. He has also acted in the critically acclaimed Netflix show, Delhi Crime and was last seen in Zee 5‘s Operation Parindey and Amazon Prime Video‘s Original, Afsos and has been receiving positive reviews for both his characters!

The actor’s earnest performances and realism leave an impression on the audience and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the screen in the second season of Delhi Crime. We recently had a brief chat with him about his projects, his journey and more.

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Take a look at how our conversation with Aakash Dahiya here:

You started as a theater artist then you did casting in so many films and then you started acting. How has the whole process been for you? 

“I think acting was always there, I took on casting in between which was also a good experience. It helped me grow a lot as an actor because while casting you have to act as well as explain things to an actor and sometimes as a Director too. It was a very nice experience for me to have done casting and acting together.”

Where does your passion for acting come from?

“It comes from my father. When I was younger, I loved to dance and my father used to say, my son will be an actor someday. But when I actually started doing theatre, he was like, “What are you doing?”. But then I made him understand that this is something I actually want to do.”

You’ve portrayed multiple characters in films, web shows, plays etc. Which one of those is the closest to your heart?

“Yaar vo ek tha. I did a small part as Bhagat Singh which has been my dream role. So when I got that role for 2 days vo feeling hi alag thi, but it did not come out sadly.”

You were recently seen playing a cop in Amazon Prime Video’s, Afsos which is India’s first attempt at a dark comedy in the web space. What was that experience like?

“Wo sach batau toh mereko pata hi nahi chala. I was not doing anything for 2 or 3 years so I had taken a break from acting due to some family issues. I knew Anubhuti for a long time since Gangs of Wasseypur days so I met her at a cafe in Aaraam Nagar and asked her what she was doing these days and she said she was doing a show called ‘Afsos’. Then she very innocently told me all about it. And as a friend you do things for your friend, maine bahut choti cheezein kari hai apne dosto ke liye. But when that script came to me wo ek alag hi cheez thi, but I really never understood what was happening in the script. Then I met Anirbaan (Dasgupta) and other people, they used to talk very passionately about the show and the characters. So, it was very fun to work with them on this project and I think the audiences have loved it so far. I think we’ve been accustomed to drama so maybe that’s why it is difficult for people to get it. Our entire team even got stuck while going to the shoot location which was in a village. So that was a different experience overall.

What can you tell us about your other role in Operation Parindey?

“I can’t really tell you about the role I have in it, but it’s a 1-hour film which is inspired by one of the biggest jailbreaks India.”

You’re also going to be shooting for the second season of Delhi Crime soon. Can you tell us something about that?

“Delhi Crime ka ye hai that in the 1st season what you’ve seen between me and Rasika (Duggal) the story progresses a bit more on that track. But I can’t tell you much about it either. Delhi Crime mein my best moments are when I am working with Rasika. As an actor, the satisfaction that I get is something else.”

Have you seen any character or project in recent times which you wish you had done? 

“It’s really difficult to pick because there are some many amazing performances out there. So, I really can’t say which I would’ve liked to do. Because there are so many roles that I would’ve wanted to do.”

Lastly, what kind of changes has the evolution of digital content platforms brought in?

“The one major change is that we have started watching different kinds of content. We also get to see more realism in acting and the audiences have also understood their zone when it comes to what they want to watch and what they don’t. Ab jaise school mein ham subha subha pett dard ka natak karte the toh mummy bolti thi drama matt kar, waise hi audiences filmmakers ko bol rahi hai drama matt kar. That’s why actors are getting work and are doing good projects.”

We certainly can’t wait to see Aakash Dahiya portray more interesting characters on screen!