What happens to a rank outsider who dabbles within the atre for a living and doesn't have a Godfather in the industry? In 2020, when OTT platforms have democratised the sport , you land a prominent role during a tentpole series. Niharika Lyra Dutt, who played the no-nonsense journalist Sara in Paatal Lok, shone within the episodes, standing tall during a world of morally corrupt men. "It's a gutsy story told with great precision. I played her with conviction because I align together with her ideologically. Sudip Sharma [creator] wanted her to be the antithesis to Sanjeev Mehra — she mirrors what he probably was when he was younger, but his idealism has eroded over the years. She keeps poking her nose into things and feels the necessity to get on the proper side of the moral spectrum," says Dutt.
Sara is, in fact, one among the few characters whose name and personality remains largely unchanged from the thriller's original source material, The Story of my Assassins. "Initially, I didn't realize the book. once I acknowledged , I asked Sudip if I should read it. He advised against it because the difference was differently built."
A pointed criticism against the show is that its female characters aren't as full-clad as its male counterparts. Did she find it problematic? "I found Sara one-dimensional within the first four episodes. But once I read it in totality, it worked on behalf of me . This show is about during a man's world where the ladies try to make an area for themselves. I liked Dolly's character who is married to a person who is stifling her. I wanted more of Cheeni too. within the story about how people become criminals, the ladies still shine. within the scene where Renu [Gul Panag] slaps Hathiram [Jaideep Ahlawat's character], she ensures she puts him in his place. during this season, it might are difficult to usher in the women's stories. we would have liked to be loyal to the larger narrative."