‘Things are getting darker with the return of Stranger’: Hello Mini 2 actors Anuja Joshi and Mrinal Dutt

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Hello Mini has moved right into a a lot darker area in its second season, revealed its lead pair Anuja Joshi and Mrinal Dutt. The MX Original Series is the second installment in the psychological thriller franchise, tailored from Novonveel Chakraborty’s ‘Stranger Trilogy’.

Actors Anuja and Mrinal, who reprise their roles of Mini (Rivanah Banerjee) and Danny Abraham respectively, sat for an unique chat with indianexpress.com, to share what lies forward in the story, how their characters get affected with the return of the Stranger, and filming the present in COVID-19 instances.

Here are excerpts from the interplay:

Can I say the ghost of the previous is haunting your characters once more?

Anuja: Absolutely. And far more than what the viewers has even seen in season one.

Mrinal: Also, a lot extra is going on, which is making issues much more advanced and bizarre. The present is returning with its second season, as the viewers is invested in it. So, there’s some kind of accountability to make it crazier and extra attention-grabbing. It’s thrilling, as a result of it would fulfil all the anticipation.

How did you react when the second season got here to you?

Anuja: It positively took time, however I used to be so excited to get again into the zone of Hello Mini. Obviously there was so much of confusion of easy methods to do it in COVID-19 instances. But, now we have an incredible group that actually pulled it off. I believe we have been one of the first productions who returned to work after the lockdown.

How does the story progress this time?

Anuja: Rivanah is in so much of hazard. It’s not nearly her and the Stranger, the story has gone past that. The story has grow to be greater and contains extra individuals. You’ll see some actually implausible younger actors who’ve joined this present.

Mrinal: Things are going to get actually darkish, the bar has been raised excessive, and there are cooler characters. This season is extra younger and spunky, it’s acquired an excellent tone to it and is energy packed.

What type of modifications do your characters endure?

Mrinal: Danny and Rivanah transfer in collectively. They’ve left all the things behind, hoping issues are less complicated from right here, which they are not. Also as a result of one thing or the different retains occurring with Rivanah so Danny’s life revolves round taking care of her. And then there are different issues he’s dealing with, which have an effect on their relationship. It’s just about the similar mad experience in numerous levels for each of them.

Anuja: The largest change is Rivanah is that she is rising up. You noticed a really younger timid lady in season one. This time, she has come into her personal. Rivanah will not be as afraid as she was. This Stranger additionally helped her come into her personal. She’s a fighter this time round. People overlook that it’s been a very long time since I filmed season one. Even I’ve grown and modified. I believe I’ve squashed that little worry I had in me. Playing that progress of my character has been superb. I’ve seen what we’ve accomplished and I’m proud of it.

How was it going again to the units?

Anuja: So much of the crew was completely different. We had a distinct director. But clearly, me and Mrinal have been the similar, the producers have been the similar. And then, capturing it throughout COVID-19 instances was bizarre, like we have been doing Hello Mini, one thing I’m so acquainted with, in such an unfamiliar territory. It was problem for me.

Mrinal: Anuja and I had so much of scenes collectively initially. We’ve reached that stage of ease, similar to our characters. So that familiarity was there and that’s the place the story takes off. We shot in our bio bubble. Having everyone collectively helped in crusing by it.

Anuja Joshi and Mrinal Dutt in Hello Mini 2. (Photos: PR Handout)

When season one got here, audiences acquired the digital content material in a different way. Post COVID-19, it modified. You assume season two, coming now, will make issues simple or tough for the present?

Anuja: The largest boon is that now we have loyal followers, individuals who have supported the present. My hope is we’ll pull it off the method we did final time. We took all the things that labored for season one, to the subsequent stage.

Mrinal: Digital area is blooming. So much of stuff is going on right here with new administrators, tales, genres, capacities. OTT is experimenting and will at all times have its area. There couldn’t be a greater time for Hello Mini 2 to return.

But don’t you assume since thrillers have grow to be the new favorite, the newest season may discover it difficult to go away a mark?

Anuja: We gained’t know till we see the way it’s acquired. But I believe Hello Mini is particular as a result of it has such a diehard fan following of not simply the present but in addition the books. I don’t assume it’s competing in any sense as a result of it has its personal universe.

Mrinal: A thriller has a capability to be informed in numerous methods. Hello Mini is a younger present, edge-of-the-seat thriller, quick paced. There are completely different and younger characters. This has its personal allure and following.

Hello Mini 2 is streaming on MX Player.

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