Shreya Dhanwanthary on A Viral Wedding: To be able to direct, write and act was creatively satisfying


What is next for you? At present, we are not sure when theaters will open and when people will start going to theaters. Who inspired you to take this plunge? Recently, Shreya went LIVE on the Facebook page of The Indian Express to talk about the made-at-home series A Viral Wedding. Every time I see a director now I am like – how is he healthy and how is his hair still black? That is one of my favourite episodes. In the interview scene with the pandit, was it difficult to strike a comic timing with everyone acting separately? How are they as directors? We prepped in advance before the shoot. This is the first show/series scripted and released during the lockdown. Lots of people. I had an idea for the outline of the story and the next day, I ended up writing the whole show. Their set is incredibly fun. The way we shot it was not easy. Yes, I admit it was because I got a chance to do something which has not been done in India before. I don’t even think I want a wedding at this point (giggles). Was it creatively satisfying to write and direct your own series? To go along with all that and have the shoot completed was a bit of stress. If I did not have the show, I would have been going crazy. They liked it from the script and that is why they supported me. Like how you use different variety of moisturisers for different body parts, it is kind of like that. How did that particular scene happen? The first episode of A Viral Wedding, which also stars Sharib Hashmi and Amol Parashar, is on YouTube and the rest of the episodes are streaming on Eros Now. And abroad, it is Phoebe-Waller Bridge, Matt Damon, Sylvester Stallone, Olivia Wilde and so many more. Actor Shreya Dhanwanthary has turned director and writer for the Eros Now mini-series A Viral Wedding. Written by A. It is so difficult to do that. How did the show happen? Plus, the show kept me completely occupied. Sometimes we had internet issues or someone’s building got sealed, so we did have our struggles. I worked with them in The Family Man and they guided me on A Viral Wedding too. Anything which keeps me on my toes. Going forward, will films be made with smaller crews? Also read | A Viral Wedding review
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Updated: May 13, 2020 11:15:40 pm

A Viral Wedding is streaming on Eros Now. Meanwhile, OTT will see a big boom because people are consuming online content. I have huge respect for anyone who creates anything. It was difficult because Sharib Hashmi has the tendency to not give us time to speak (laughs) but we ended up coordinating pretty well. Yes, smaller crews are easier to work with but we have to see how things will change. I have Scam 92 directed by Hansal Mehta and Nikkhil Advani’s Mumbai Diaries. We are grateful to Eros Now for giving our crazy effort a home. That is how we have shot it. Later, I called up some of my friends and asked them if they will be interested to be a part of it. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. I spoke to my cast. And I must say, during the lockdown, it was not easy to do any of these roles. That will decide if there will be a second season. Was it difficult to shoot? This show was completely created during the lockdown. I showed (the script) to Raj and DK and that’s how we got the show rolling. You have full freedom to be yourself and to explore where your character can go and discuss the scenes and how you want to play it out. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd What was Raj and DK’s reaction to the series? I have acted the longest and been writing for quite some time but this is my second time directing. Anything that challenges me will be interesting to do. Directing has turned out to be intensely mental. How was it to write, direct and act? What sort of projects do you want to do? We would discuss the costume and the angles of the house. They are pretty awesome. I think it depends on how the industry moves forward. I wrote the script after two days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the lockdown. I love the idea of creating your own opportunities. The show, which has been made during the lockdown, revolves around a couple Nisha (Shreya Dhanwanthary) and Rishabh (Amol Parashar) who have an online wedding amid the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic. Depends on the love the show receives from the audience. The post-production took a lot of time because there is a lot of process involved in it. Would you have an online wedding? Like Konkona Sen, Radhika Apte, Farhan Akhtar and many here. People were not living in the same city. Was there a difficulty in the post-production of the show? 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram.