The chronicle of relationships – Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain (KKHH) is back with its SO3 (third season). Starring Mona Singh, Ronit Roy and Gurdeep Kohli, KKHH 3 is streaming on Alt Balaji and ZEE5 from today June 6, 2020. In further interaction Director Abhijit Das shares his learnings on relationships, during the lockdown, the future of OTT, the OTT v/s theatre debate and more.
During the process of making Kehne Ko Hai Humsafar 3 what have you learnt about relationships?
Relationships are like delicate China cups. If you pour something warm into it, it feels nice to hold. If it’s kept for too long, it goes cold. You must make conscious effort to heat it up. And if it cracks, it can always be repaired… But the scars show forever. It will never be the same again
How are you coping with the Corona Covid – 19 scare?
By telling stories of positivity during the pandemic. I have been writing and directing short films and web series about the lock down. I have collaborated with actors, editors, writers from across the world to create these stories. These keep me busy and give a sense of purpose. I also feed about 100 stray dogs in Madh Island who have nothing to eat due to the lock down of shoots.
Your discovery during the lockdown?
We all need a breather. The earth. Human body. If we don’t take and the required break to rejuvenate, nature will find way to force the break on us.
How did you shoot the teaser?
It sounds easy to shoot and direct on phones from the actor’s home. But after shooting almost 4 shorts in this format, I realised how tedious it is. We do a virtual recce of the house. Then I specify how and where to shoot a scene. Specify the magnification. Once they shoot, we need check the footage and finally upload. The edit is another challenge. To explain little details to the team without seeing the screens. It’s the new order of the day. And it’s exciting.
Your take on OTT revolution in India – movies, series etc?
We are yet to see the big wave. We are still making television content for the internet. Just more skin, more expletives… We are yet to discover the true power of streaming content.
Your take on the debate on movies starring A – listers like Gulabo Sitabo, Shakuntala Devi going directly on OTT, creating a concern, triggering a debate between producers distributors and theatre owners?
It’s completely justified. This pandemic has flattened lots of notions. Borders are what we created and believe in. The virus does not follow anything. Borders. Race. Caste. Creed. Social status. Nothing. In the same wave of flattening, film distribution has also been swept. For years small budget indie films have begged and cried to halls for a half decent release. The halls have stayed away because it supposedly didn’t make enough money. Whereas the OTT platforms took up so many indie films and stories of varying sizes. They became the voice of the indie world. Today it is a level playing field for the biggies and the indies. The same number of screens for everyone. The strength of the story will decide everything.
When do you see normalcy returning and people coming out for shoot?
I believe the govt has allowed shoots with lots of guidelines. But I don’t think it’s wise. Though I know it’s necessary, we need enough civic sense to create and maintain a risk-free environment.
How has the threat affected your work?
Lots of our work force are migrants from UP, Bengal, Odisha, and Bihar. These people have all gone back because we couldn’t take care of them. Lack of purchasing power means low sales. Which means lesser advertising. Which means TV and web series budgets will be hit first. Everybody will have to take pay cuts. Tough times ahead. But hopefully it will also give birth to newer ideas and out of the box thinking.