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'It was liberating to create multidimensional, flawed characters': Ajeeb Daastaans team discuss 'twisted' Netflix anthology

'It was liberating to create multidimensional, flawed characters': Ajeeb Daastaans team discuss 'twisted' Netflix anthology
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'It was liberating to create multidimensional, flawed characters': Ajeeb Daastaans team discuss 'twisted' Netflix anthology

A mix of a number of brief movies, or anthologies is gaining steam on OTT platforms. After Emmy-nominated Lust Tales, and Ghost Tales Netflix will launch one more anthology consisting of 4 brief movie segments referred to as Ajeeb Daastaans. Backed by Karan Johar, it brings collectively a team of administrators — Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani. Armed with an ensemble solid that features Konkona Sen Sharma, Manav Kaul. Shefali Shah, Nushrat Bharucha, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Aditi Rao Hydari amongst others, the 4 shorts discover jealousy, entitlement, and toxicity in trendy relationships. Produced beneath the digital department of Dharma manufacturing, Dharmatic creations, Ajeeb Dastaans, presents twists in all 4 tales, a factor that goes hand-in-hand with its twisted characters.

The author-director of the field workplace hit Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Khaitan, who’s foraying into the digital area, stated it was liberating in addition to thrilling to write flawed characters, one thing that is not all the time doable within the industrial cinema area. In his brief movie titled Majnu, Jaideep Ahlawat and Fatima Sana Shaikh play husband and spouse with Armaan Ralhan enjoying the third wheel within the relationship. “In industrial movies we would like the characters to be easy however right here we have been chasing imperfection and writing these multi-dimensional characters was enjoyable,” stated Khaitan, who was trying a brief for the primary time the place he had to talk the whole lot in nearly half-hour.

“Usually I’d write three scenes to talk one factor however right here I was attempting to talk three issues in a single scene. I instinctively reacted to the story and in my head, I was making a industrial movie. For me these characters, these dialogues have been industrial however I was attempting to be certain that they have been genuine. Additionally, our story is predicated in Barabanki, Hardoi, Lucknow, the place the language could be very expressive, so in case you attempt to overdo issues, it sounds faux. So, I was attempting to say issues with a really pure movement to it,” he added.

Fatima Sana Shaikh says she averted theatrical, over-the-top dramatic reactions so as to be sincere together with her feelings. “The character I play is already very complicated and layered so you’ll be able to’t overdo issues.  I stayed true to the second. No matter have been the circumstances and scenario in entrance of Lipakshi and what she was feeling, I’ve tried to really feel and carry out the emotion actually. I’ve explored loads in myself by way of my character. She is assured and powerful and I imbibe a few of these qualities in me,” stated Shaikh.

“As heart-warming as our movie is, it’s equally heartbreaking,” stated Shefali Shah, who performs the feminine protagonist of Ankahi with Manav Kaul reverse her. Kaul performs a mute man in love with Shefali’s Natasha who’s married and has a speech-impaired daughter within the movie directed by debutant Kayoze Irani. “Once I learnt the signal language for this movie, I realised that there’s a lot noise round which was fully pointless. Working for this brief was so calming. For these few days, I didn’t need to discuss to anybody although I’m fairly talkative. Nevertheless it was so superb and I really need to pursue studying signal language now,” stated Shah. “I’m speech impaired within the movie and I do know the signal language whereas Shefali’s character’s proven studying the language and therefore the requirement of my character Kabir is to be completely flawless with the language. Once I was doing the scenes I by no means felt the necessity to say one thing as a result of signal language turns into part of you and you actually don’t want to talk so many issues in phrases. I really feel the signal language is a delight for an actor as an train additionally,” added Kaul.

Each Kaul and Shah agreed to do the movie immediately. “It’s a love story and I’m a hardcore romantic. It’s such a good looking story of two individuals speaking with their coronary heart and never their phrases. I simply had to do it,” stated Shah, who can’t cease speaking about her and Kaul’s on-screen chemistry. “It was magic; the primary time they meet you already know there’s a spark. It might not be romantic or sexual however these two individuals join straight on.” “I didn’t even blink earlier than saying sure, or earlier than the makers modified their thoughts. It was simply that I was not very assured in regards to the signal language and therefore I wished a while. I had to see if I may do it or not. However the director was very assured that I may do it. I’m dying to see the reactions. Movie goes to my coronary heart. There has to be half two of this,” stated Kaul.

Khilauna, directed by Raj Mehta, presents the darkish and twisted story of a housemaid (performed by Nushrat Bharucha) struggling to make each ends meet. “We have now offered imperfect characters, very similar to actual life with no clear blacks or whites. It’s solely in your perspective and hopefully, the movie will depart audiences feeling perplexed but entertained,” stated Mehta.

Ghaywan’s Geeli Pucchi starring Konkana Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari in the primary lead explores the intersectional realities of two girls from disparate worlds. “They’re each eager for an emotional connection which they find yourself discovering in each other. It was actually inspiring to see Konkana and Aditi convey these characters and their relationship to life. The movie is a fancy trip of feelings and I’m very excited to see the viewers’s response to it,” stated Ghaywan.

Ajeeb Daastaans will premiere on 16 April.

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