Sandwiched Forever actor Kunaal Roy Kapur: Everything that’s offered to me is in the comedy space

And, because of the lack of such simple comedy on OTT platforms, I am hopeful that Sandwiched Forever will work. But, honestly, I’m fortunate to do what I love doing and making a living out of it. However, I feel the lines are blurring. So I’m not complaining. Actors were still without masks while they were shooting, but the poor makeup artist and hairstylist had to be in the PPE kit. What do you think about its growth? The line between the quality of OTT content and the content in films is almost blurred now. If I never get a serious role in my life and only get comedy roles, I’ll be fine since I will still be getting work. I don’t think there’s any married couple who hasn’t experienced getting stuck between their parents or what father-in-law wants or what mother-in-law wants or what the husband wants or what the wife wants. So, that’s why Sandwiched Forever. You too are married. These dynamics play out in everyone’s homes every day. I don’t think we have a lot of comedy on OTT platforms. How do you think it justifies the theme of the show?×1.png
The title is justified because of the situation that this couple finds themselves in. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


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You were among the first few to explore the digital medium. Then, the characters that we created had their own sort of quirk and strong character traits. All the actors who are a part of it have had theatre experience, and I think that was a big appeal because to execute this format, you need people with a slightly different skill set. Still, it was tough to work in that environment. Can you relate to the show? Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. He tells why he is ready to do comedy forever, and what made him say yes to Sandwiched Forever. One is that the format is very unique. That’s why we’ve had this sudden outburst of such stuff on the digital medium. I try to give them some depth, and they have some resonance and relevance to the story. Going by the trailer, Kunaal seems to be at his comedic best in the series directed by Rohan Sippy. Ultimately, what appealed to me was the well etched out characters, a unique setup and format, which we haven’t explored enough in India. Though he has returned to the comedy genre after successful stints in series like Bandish Bandits and TVF Tripling, Kunaal doesn’t mind doing comedic roles repeatedly. Everything that’s offered to me is in the comedy space. Kunaal Roy Kapur in Tripling. For him, the format of the sitcom is unique, and every character has been etched well. They do it abroad all the time with shows like Big Bang Theory, Friends and Seinfeld, where they rehearse for a few days, and then they perform it in front of a live audience. Even web shows have film level production. How did you come on board? It’s pretty much shot live in front of a live audience, and that was the intention with Sandwiched Forever as well. Written by Arushi Jain
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Updated: December 24, 2020 11:54:15 pm

Sandwiched Forever is streaming on SonyLIV. That’s why the opportunities for good actors on OTT have grown so dramatically in the last few years. The series, also starring Zakir Hussain, Divya Seth Shah, Atul Kulkarni and Lubna Salim, promises to offer a humorous take on modern Indian families. So, the Sony team arranged a separate agency whose only job was to make sure everyone is following COVID-19 protocols. To be creative, productive, free and fluid in such a situation where people are looking like astronauts around you is not the easiest thing. No, it’s just the stuff that is offered to me. Lately, the audience’s taste in web series has been dominated by crime thrillers. Ahaana Kumra and Kunaal Roy Kapur in Sandwiched Forever. Was it challenging? Every prop which was given to us, every costume that was given, everything that we were interacting with was sanitized. So, even though my character may be comedic, he is definitely an important part of the plot and the whole story. You have been loved in the comedy space. Everyone was tensed. And, how was it shooting amid the pandemic? Do you feel like you end up gravitating towards to it again because it is like a safe space for you? It was very challenging. Money is being spent on the right areas. I agree there has been a lot of stuff out there which is dark, gritty and hard-hitting. They can showcase all their talent on an OTT platform, and I think that’s wonderful. Sandwiched Forever seems to be a very quirky title. What was appealing about the series? Everyone has been through that. They thought they would be living life on their own terms and will have their own space, their own house, but this is what they have been struck with. Their life turns upside down when their respective parents become their neighbours, and start interfering in everything, from their food to home décor preferences. Even with my comedic characters, I try to make them not just comic fluffs. Everyone is not just waiting for those film opportunities now. It’s important and great that such content is being made, and things will get more and more refined as we go along. SonyLIV’s latest web series, Sandwiched Forever, follows the story of newlyweds Sameer (Kunaal Roy Kapur) and Naina (Ahaana Kumra). Nobody is scrounging on budget. But unfortunately, when we were just about to start, coronavirus and the lockdown hit. Of course, we had to drop the live audience idea. The growth of OTT platforms was inevitable. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Of course, I would love to do more drama and maybe play an antagonist. They set out to make a life on their own and be this nuclear family only to find that they are sandwiched between both their parents. Then, we had to pick it up a few months later without the live audience, but the format stayed the same: rehearsing it and shooting it in a flow. Are you apprehensive about Sandwiched Forever striking the chord? With almost everyone having access to the internet, it’s going to get even bigger and bigger. Do you also feel married couples get sandwiched between their parents? But that stuff doesn’t get a voice on a normal television. The focus now is on the material. Of course, it played out in my home as well, and they’re small, trivial things. But still, there were so many people together in a closed environment. There are a couple of things. Comedy, however, has been more of a television thing. So I really enjoy playing these characters, but it doesn’t mean that that’s the only thing I have to offer.