Apoorva Lakhia: Crackdown is a simple, clean and contemporary show

Crackdown is a contemporary show, unlike the other shows set in the interiors of rural India. He then gave me his script, where in the first scene itself, people were getting shot. Crackdown’s basic plot is similar to Disney Plus Hotstar’s Special Ops. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. So, there was a conscious decision to hire me as a director and bring back my films into the OTT space. I went to a big producer with the script. Apoorva Lakhia with Saqib Saleem and Shriya Pilgaonkar during the shoot of Crackdown. We have based our show in cities. So, this is what I get and this is what I make. Most of your films have been action thrillers. I can just treat it differently. Crackdown also has all of these. Ever since he stepped into Bollywood, film director Apoorva Lakhia has been associated with action thrillers (Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Mission Istaanbul, Zanjeer). Would you be interested in working with me?’ Once I got a heads-up from them, I started researching more on them and getting their flavour into the script. We have tried to take actors who fit the roles. @bachchan @amitabhbachchan @suniel.shetty @duttsanjay @alwaysramcharan @shraddhakapoor @priyankachopra @vivekoberoi
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So far, you have made films for the silver screen. What thought went behind casting every actor of Crackdown? In Divya (the character Shriya plays), we wanted a simple Maharashtrian woman who is believable. That’s when Crackdown started. Now, Lakhia is bringing his expertise and experience in the action genre to the OTT space, with Voot Select’s web series Crackdown. My show is a simple, clean show. You have been very particular when it comes to the casting of your projects. Actually, this is all people offer me. About a year ago, I met the people at Voot. #CrackdownOnVoot directed by @lakhiaapoorva streaming now only on @vootselect. If we had a different girl, the simplicity that Shreya brings to the screen wouldn’t have come out. (Photo: Apoorva Lakhia/Instagram)
I’m a big fan of Shriya Pilgaonkar. That’s why I decided to move to the web to see how it works here. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Saqib Saleem

Shriya Pilgaonkar While we were working on the script, the characters started developing, and I called up a couple of people like Rajesh Tailang, Iqbal Khan and others. And I honestly enjoyed making it. We really worked on how to attract them to the second episode after the first one and subsequently to the third and fourth one. They wanted to do something that looked different from the bouquet of shows they had. It’s an espionage thriller which does not have much family drama. Special Ops, Bard of Blood are in my category. Was it difficult to develop story and characters for the web? Do you have some fondness towards the genre? He asked me for a narration and after hearing it, laughed on my face. It was a very conscious decision that we were not going to have any episode over 30 minutes. He says this is because action is all he is offered, even if he goes to a producer with a romantic script. But it’s about what nuance can you bring to the story. For us, the hook points and the peeling of layers was important. View this post on Instagram

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Updated: September 24, 2020 1:38:30 pm

Apoorva Lakhia directorial Crackdown is streaming on Voot Select. Apu saaaar you have made a kick ass show. And Rajesh Tailang is the Amitabh Bachchan of the web space. But there’s always that urge to do something different. We wanted to make sure our audience is glued for four and a half hours. Do you fear comparisons? The basic plot will remain the same: there is a threat, your country is in danger and how you are battling the threat. In a recent interview with indianexpress.com, Lakhia talked about Crackdown, the casting for the web series and the digital medium. As far as Saqib is concerned, we needed a rough and tough guy with a cocky attitude. So we started talking, and then Suresh Nair came up with this basic storyline which we decided was a good way to go forward. I wouldn’t say that my show is any different from anybody else’s, but I would say that the treatment of the show is different from everything else. They were in talks with various directors, and they thought if I made an action drama kind of a show, it might fit in their plan. So is Crackdown. The elements of thrill, crime, suspense, terrorism are dominating the web space currently. It’s not something in which you have to think and put your mind to. Excerpts from the conversation.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
How and when did the idea for Crackdown originate? People kept saying Iqbal Khan is a TV actor. But how does that matter if he’s a good actor? đź“Ł The Indian Express is now on Telegram. So, what about the web series makes it different? I told them, ‘I’m doing my first web show. I wanted to try a romantic film.