When Abhishek Banerjee came on-screen in Paatal Lok, Vishal 'Hathoda' Tyagi, he was not a new face. 

Abhishek Banerjee
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After all, I'd laughed at his antics of a possessed friend in Stree, been creeped out by his stare in Mirzapur, and loved his unflinching loyalty in Bala. 

Stree
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But recently, struck by nostalgia and ample time in hand, I revisited Rang De Basanti. And realized, that the sinister Hathoda Tyagi aka Banerjee actually has a cameo in this 2006 drama. 

Remember when Sue (Alice Patten) gives her boss a fitting reply and heads to India to find actors for her film on Indian independence?

Rang De Basanti
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Well before she finalizes her cast, she goes through a grueling casting process - and our casting director-turned actor Abhishek Banerjee appears as one of the hopeful actors.  

Abhishek Banerjee
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He even appears in other scenes, either laughing in the background or being a part of the 'college crowd'. 

RDB screenshot
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RDB
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From blending in the crowd to commanding the attention of the crowd, he's certainly come a long way!