R Madhavan: “This level of evilness in Shaitaan is something I did not expect to portray”

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The supernatural thriller Shaitaan, featuring Ajay Devgn, Jyotika and R Madhavan has sparked an intrigue about this gripping journey into the world of black magic. R Madhavan has especially piqued curiosity with his menacing aura that we have glimpsed in the teaser and trailer of the film.

Shaitaan delves into the harrowing ordeal of Kabir (Ajay Devgn) and his family, whose idyllic weekend retreat turns nightmarish with the arrival of a mysterious stranger. The film masterfully intertwines elements of action, emotional drama, and the sinister undercurrents of Indian Black Magic.

R Madhavan’s riveting portrayal of the antagonist, brings to life the film’s central conflict, as he seeks refuge in the home of Ajay and Jyotika’s characters, only to reveal his malevolent character.

R Madhavan was stunned when he was first learned what part they wanted him to play, he revealed, “I was offered this film by Kumar Ji when I was shooting for a Tamil film in summer last year in Chennai, and he just said, ‘I don’t want to hear no, this is the film that you are doing’. I thought I was offered the father’s role. That’s when Kumar Ji said, ‘Before you say anything, we want you to play the Villain’. I was quite stunned, and I was amazed that Ajay sir would want to give that role to me. I see the intelligence behind it now.”

Speaking about the audience’s reaction to his villainous avatar, R Madhavan said, “I am very excited about the anticipation around the film and the response that the trailer, and Shaitaan are receiving. I did not expect this level of appreciation. We are keeping our fingers crossed for this film.”


The Shaitaan actor also added the surprising reaction of all his friends and the fans reaction after they watched the trailer of the film, “Well, a lot of my friends and people are finding it quite incredible that I have managed to pull off the role of a Shaitaan. They are looking at me very strangely nowadays. In fact, a lot of my fans have said, ‘We know that after watching Shaitaan, we’ll have to watch Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and my other romantic films a couple of times to get rid of the sinister feel, I believe… but I am very nervous at the same time because this is something I’ve never done before. This level of evilness is something I did not expect to portray, and I am hoping that it sticks! I hope I’ve done justice to it, but looking at the response so far, we are all very elated, and I hope that we live up to the expectation.”

Presented by Jio Studios, Devgn Films and Panorama Studios, Shaitaan is produced by Ajay Devgn, Jyoti Deshpande, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak and directed by Vikas Bahl. It is set to theatrically releases tomorrow.

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