Actor Vijay Varma essays the function of a cyber cell officer, Sajjan Kundu, who is “an angry young geek” in Anand Gandhi’s upcoming sci-fi comedy Ok Computer. When a self-driving automotive kills a pedestrian, Varma is referred to as in to analyze the case. He is joined by Radhika Apte who owns a personal agency that appears into the moral therapy of robots and is not able to imagine AI can hurt people.
“Ok Computer is a show set in the future and computers are the future of our lives. I feel it is an apt title for a sci-fi series,” Varma advised indianexpress.com. “The tone of the show is comedy. It’s more of a satire than a drama. It has an extremely unique tone. I would love to watch people’s reaction and find out how they feel about it. The biggest victory for us is a show like this is that it is being made in India.”
Produced and co-written by Ship of Theseus and Tumbbad fame Anand Gandhi, the Disney+ Hotstar six-episode sequence is directed by debut administrators Pooja Shetty, who is a former architect and designer, and writer-filmmaker Neil Pagedar.
“Neil and Pooja are the most democratic and chill people to work with. Neil is impeccable with his dialogue writing and humour. Pooja’s strength lies in design, compositions, colours and schemes. So, they complement each other so well and are such a solid unit to work with. This is something that people say before releases, but you will have to watch an episode or two to understand how wacky, bizarre and refined their humour is. It doesn’t have the fart jokes, it doesn’t have the sexual innuendos, it’s just pure intelligent writing,” Varma stated concerning the first-time administrators.
Though Varma essays the function of an inventor of know-how who doesn’t like it anymore, in actual life, the actor is an “avid gamer” and is “waiting to get his hands on PlayStation 5”.
He even remembers his first ‘overwhelming’ introduction to a laptop on the science lab of his college. The actor recalled, “In school, we were taken to the science lab, and there was a big computer with a floppy disk inside it. It all seemed so overwhelming and daunting to look at. I felt if I press something, it can completely misfire. It felt like an alien object, and now we have used so much of it that it has become our second nature.”
Vijay Varma has been on a roll not too long ago. After his breakout efficiency in the 2019 movie Gully Boy, he has wowed the viewers along with his quick but spectacular stint on the online platform with internet sequence like A Suitable Boy, She and Mirzapur 2. However, the 34-year-old actor has been ‘most excited’ about Ok Computer for the final two years. For him, it is a “passion” venture”.
“I had to pick up some fights with others and with myself to make this happen. A lot of time had to be given to this before I even started filming it. I had to convince myself that I can take this bet and do a concept that has never been attempted in India before. In order to make that time, I had to let go of a couple of projects, which I had been committed to. So, I took up both the fights and made sure that I stay completely arrested by this project,” Varma shared.
The actor is in a comfortable house at present “because a lot of the projects that I was associated with for a few years, and had not found the release, are suddenly out. OTT platforms have made my work more accessible. I feel the reset button to my life has been pressed and everything that I’ve done is out now. So, it feels great.”
Ok Computer, additionally starring Jackie Shroff, will begin streaming on Disney+ Hotstar on march 26.