Featuring popular Gen-X actors Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Gautam Mehra, Tanya Maniktala, Elnaaz Norozi and Kshitij Chauhan, ‘Chutzpah’ is all set to release on July 23.
OTT platforms have become most famous since the time of lockdown. After that the popularity of their content has become such that now it has become an important part of the life of the audience. Sony Liv also got the opportunity to reach the audience the fastest during the lockdown itself. Many shows were launched one after the other. Now the trailer of the web show ‘Chutzpah’ has been released on Sony Liv. It has created a sense of curiosity among the audience.
Living up to its title, the trailer of the new age web show that captures the attention of the audience has captured the relevance of internet and social media in everyone’s life. Featuring popular Gen-X actors Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Gautam Mehra, Tanya Maniktala, Elnaaz Norozi and Kshitij Chauhan, ‘Chutzpah’ gives a glimpse into the digital transformation of human identity in today’s era. In short, it’s like a piece of cake, bundled with a fine cream called ‘Internet’ with 5 different flavor stories.
Video calls planning
Sharing his experience of shooting the entire show during the lockdown, Simarpreet Singh says, “We started discussions and preparations for the show with the cast, costume and set designers over a video call. We did script reading sessions with actors only on video calls, in which we also faced internet issues. Faced with this challenge, Mrigdeep (co-writer) and I realized that we have to be every character for him.
Virtual Shoot Challenge
For example we had to pretend to be the girlfriend of Varun Sharma romancing his character in the show who is played by Tanya Maniktala. The story between the characters of Manjot Singh and Elnaaz Norouzi was the toughest. We were the screen for these actors while acting. Even during the shooting, no one could meet anyone. But everyone did a great job on the video call and it’s a miracle that everyone was covid negative when I shouted the wrapup. “
Watch the trailer here
Simarpreet said, “The challenge was also to ensure that the backdrop of each character did not look the same. No live location was available in Mumbai or Goa due to COVID. We had to make 6 big sets for each character. Being able to build the set and not be able to shoot was another challenge. For example, Manoj and Elnaaz’s set was built side by side and they were separated by a wall and that wall became a screen for the show. It was an eye-opener as there were a lot of restrictions but we managed to stick to it. All the artists never came under one roof. We started shooting for the show in October, January and February as there were restrictions on locations. The show has been shot mainly in Mumbai and Goa.
According to co-writer Mrigdeep Singh Lamba, “Since the show talks about the internet and social media, the point is that we are connected to each other, yet different. We don’t want to comment on whether the internet is good or bad, but we want the audience to experience and relate to the stories depicted in the show.
Viewers will be able to resonate with interesting characters as it really comes from all of us. The actors in the show are shown talking on their computer screens instead of talking to the person sitting next to them. Interestingly, the show got its green signal online with Sony Liv itself. About the internet, this show has got approval on the internet itself.” Produced by Dinesh Vijan, Amit Babbar and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba have written the show around the strange and wild universe of the web. The show is composed by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba and directed by Simarpreet Singh.
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