Actor Sajjad Delafrooz is fetching attention as mastermind criminal Hafiz Ali in the web show Special Ops. Earlier, he played the bad guy in the Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai.
He was a model in Dubai before starting his journey in Bollywood. “Sometimes you have to wait for the right characters, and in my case, I was lucky as the wait was worth it,” says Sajjad.
He was noticed while playing a doctor in Neeraj Pandey’s Baby (2015). “I auditioned many times for Neeraj ji before getting a role in Baby, but I recently got to know that those tests never reached him. Ironically, for Special Ops, I only tested once,” says Sajjad.
He continues, “It is difficult for a director to look at you as an actor when they know you as a model. I faced a lot of rejections initially. That rejection brought in a lot of maturity and patience in my performance. Having come from no school of acting, I decided to patiently wait for the right opportunities.”
So, how was it to work for Neeraj Pandey after five years? “This was one of my first roles, for which I didn’t have to prepare at all. I totally relied on Neeraj’s guidance.”
With Tiger Zinda Hai and Special Ops, you seem to have a particular liking for spy thrillers? “OTT platforms have opened doors for a lot of good performances and intense characters. And the viewers are really liking the spy thrillers. Nothing is more gratifying for an artist than the appreciation for his work. I wouldn’t ever cheat my audience who invest their valuable time in my performances.”
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