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Sunny Hinduja on working in India’s 1st OTT series shot during lockdown

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Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) India’s first micro web series shot during the COVID-19 lockdown will be out soon. “Mardaani 2” actor Sunny Hinduja, who features in the series, says the project was challenging as well as fun to work on.

Titled “A Viral Wedding”, the series had its pre-production, shooting and post-production work done entirely during the lockdown, with none of the individuals who are involved in the series stepping out of their homes.

The series is directed by Shreya Dhanwanthary, Sunny’s co-star in the 2019 OTT show, “The Family Man”. It tells the story of a social media influencer who refuses to cancel her wedding owing to the lockdown.

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“We had our shares of fun on video and phone calls during the making where people were located in different states and cities. It also brought along shares of struggles with it. But I must admit it was harder than we anticipated, we had nobody to help us, no equipment, no setup, we had to become the lightmen, cinematographers, art directors and everything,” said Sunny, who is playing primary part in the series,” said Sunny.

“Taking care of the sound was another task, as people would be cooking so there were cooker whistles at random times, sometimes there were birds, crows making noise. But with all this, we still managed to complete the shoot in just a week. From start to finish everything was done during the lockdown period. It’s a light-hearted attempt to make people smile during this time,” he added.

On working with Shreya Dhanwanthary, he said: “When Shreya asked me, I said a yes without thinking. The idea in itself was so unique that it was difficult to say no. We even discussed various ideas about the character and worked together to come up with something real and very different to my own personality. But after reading the script which was penned in 24 hours, I was bewildered at how good it was.”

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“Even if it wasn’t for the lockdown, I would have agreed to do it. The cast and crew are based in different cities and they are working at different timelines, knowing the kind of hard work put into it, feels like a humbling experience to be a part of a first-of-its-kind web series,” added Sunny.

Besides Sunny and Shreya, the show also features Amol Parashar, Aishwarya Chaudhary, Aritro, Sharib Hashmi and Mohit Raina, among others.

The shoot is over and the team is giving final touches to a few episodes. The series is likely to come out later next week.

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–IANS

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