Actor Shahbaaz Khan, best known for portraying negative characters in films and TV, will have an image makeover with popular show 'Neeli Chatri Waale'. He will be seen playing a former dacoit, and will don the look of a 'Sabji Wala' with a simple dhoti and kurta.

Shahbaaz Khan
Shahbaaz Khan

"I'm always on the lookout for challenging roles. 'Neeli Chatri Waale' is a light-hearted show and I'm playing the role of a former dacoit Mahadev, who has left the crime scene for good and has been allotted a quarter and a vegetable cart for making a living," Shahbaaz said in a statement.

"Viewers have always liked me as a villain and hope I will be able to do full justice to this character as playing the role of a 'Sabji Wala' is a first for me," he added.

'Neeli Chatri Waale', which is aired on Zee TV, has crossed a run of 100 episodes. It deals with the story of a comman man's relationship with god.

The conversations between its lead protagonist Bhagwan Das (Rajesh Kumar), a common man and a modern-day Lord Shiva (Himanshu Soni) wielding the blue umbrella bring a smile to the viewers’ faces.