Sharib Hashmi leapt into the national consciousness playing J K Talpade in Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D K's Amazon Prime blocbuster series The Family Man.
"I enjoyed playing J K Talpade. The Family Man changed things for me," Sharib, who was also recently seen in the Web series Asur, tells Subhash K Jha.
How is the lockdown treating you?
Just like it's treating everybody else. I am fully quarantined at home.
Eat, watch films, sleep, repeat (laughs).
Bahut saari cheezein chal rahi hai dimaag mein! I really hope and pray we come out of this victorious.
Are you working out at home?
Begum (wife) roz keh rahi hai ke workout karo, but laziness has seeped in big time.
Have you made any plans for yourself?
I'm planning to start writing something soon, maybe a series or a movie. But I'm going write something for sure.
With the success of The Family Man amd Asur, has your focus shifted to Web series?
I'm doing a mix of Web and movies.
As far as the Web is concerned, I've only done two series so far -- Asur and The Family Man.
I'm really proud to be a part of both.
I enjoyed playing J K Talpade.The Family Man came first and it changed things for me.
I was almost forgotten after Filmistaan as nothing substantial, or should I say, successful in terms of box office, came my way.
I did get appreciation for my roles in films like Phullu and Nakkash, but not too many people saw them.
Is the OTT platform the outlet you were craving for?
The OTT platform is a boon for all actors.
A lot of unique stories are being told.
Creative people are experimenting with the content they want to churn out.
For us, actors, it's a good opportunity to play different roles and characters.
And, of course, for the audience there's more stuff to select from.
What about your feature films?
I just finished shooting for a film produced by Nila Madhab Panda and directed by his talented associate, Anuj Tyagi.
It stars the amazingly talented kid Yagya, who played Kangana's son in Panga.
The National Award winner Usha Jadhav is opposite me, and Vinay Pathak and Ishtiyaq Khan also star in it.
Then there is a film called Phir Se Shaadi.
Of course,Darbaan was going to release on April 2.
Darbaan is the most special film of my career so far, after Filmistaan.
It is based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore and directed by Bipin Nadkarni, a National Award winner.
I can't wait for this crisis across the world to end, so we can go back to our normal lives.