After intense roles in Marzi, Betaal and Khuda Haafiz earlier this 12 months, Aahana Kumra has ended 2020 with comedy present Sandwiched Forever, which is streaming on SonyLIV.
In this unique interview with indianexpress.com, Aahana talks about net sequence Sandwiched Forever, taking pictures amid the pandemic and the 12 months passed by.
Excerpts from the dialog:
How did this undertaking come to you, and what made you say sure to it?
I feel this was meant to occur. I actually appreciated the idea of the present, and I used to be like, ‘This is a play.’ And coming from theatre, I so needed to do one thing like this for a very long time as we do not get a lot of alternatives like this in movies and net exhibits. So, the audition occurred in January and the makers actually appreciated me, however one thing didn’t work out. Then the lockdown and all occurred. Something occurred in July, and I realised that I have to work for my workforce members. That is once I began scouting for work, and this undertaking got here to me once more. I used to be eager on this, so I stated sure instantly.
How was the expertise of working with the gifted solid of Sandwiched Forever?
The solid was like a dream solid for me. Kunaal Roy Kapur has nice comedian timing. In truth, all different solid members had been nice at this style and so easy. I received to study a lot from them.
Only me and Atul Kulkarni had no expertise of engaged on a comedy undertaking earlier than. But I really feel we did a nice job because the writers had been on their toes to elucidate and convey the very best out of us.
Also, the taking pictures days had been like a picnic for us with a lot of home-cooked meals round.
The OTT viewers appears to have a fondness for crime thrillers. Are you apprehensive about Sandwiched Forever hanging the chord?
There is a lot of effort wanted to make a sitcom like this. Writers do not need to try comedy because it takes a lot of labor. With crime thrillers, there is a components that works, however in comedy, the actors have to have correct rehearsals and perceive the story properly then solely they’ll carry out. It is not as simple because it appears. Family comedy is one thing that is not attempted a lot in India.
Was the present shot throughout the pandemic? How was the expertise?
There had been correct precautions on the units, and all of the COVID protocols had been adopted. One hair and make-up individual was devoted to just one artiste. This is not taking place on many units. We truly shot one full episode in a day.
The solid was bubbled properly with the least variety of crew members round. Obviously, the celebs had no distancing because the script required a little bit of hitting, beating, pulling, and intimacy.
You jumped onto the OTT bandwagon fairly early. How do you see the expansion of the OTT house?
Today, it is good to see the best way ladies are shining in the OTT house. There are so many roles being written for them, which is nonetheless not that many in the movie trade.
What is your tackle the moderation of streaming companies?
I personally do not assume that censorship will occur for streaming platforms in India. I feel, as of now, let’s not take into consideration this too significantly. I’ll speak about it as and when it occurs.
How do you look again at 2020?
This 12 months gave me the chance to spend essentially the most period of time with my dad and mom and different members of the family. I feel that was essentially the most treasured factor we received to expertise in this pandemic.
I realised that I’ve sufficient inspiration at dwelling and I do not have to go in search of it exterior my home. I additionally realised that I do not want any type of validation from the remainder of the world to inform me how I’m and who I’m. I feel this is one thing all of us realised in this troublesome time this 12 months. I might additionally wish to proceed engaged on myself. I like myself a lot extra.
On the work entrance, what can we count on from you in 2021?
I’ve simply wrapped taking pictures for the Indian adaptation of the French present Call My Agent. This Shaad Ali present for Netflix stars me, Rajat Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Aayush Mehra. Each episode may have a Bollywood star. It is additionally a comedy however a bit completely different.