Shooting ‘WAKAALAT’ was more complex than acting: Sumeet Vyas

Sumeet Vyas last seen in TVF Tripling street is now back with another web-series “Wakaalat From Home” on Amazon Prime streaming from September 10. It is a 10 long-episode directed by  Rohan Sippy and written by Anubhav Pal.

Due to this pandemic the whole series was shot at home which seems to be a difficult task for the production team. “The fact that we managed to shoot an entire series during the lockdown is great,” says Sumeet Vyas.

The teaser was launched on September 4, 2020. It seems to be a crazy show from this time of pandemic.

The trailer opens with Sumeet Vyas and her co-actor from Permanent Roomates, Nidhi Singh having a heated argument over a Zoom call which leads to their Divorce.

Two lawyers played by Kubbra Sait and Gopal Datt joins the call to settle the divorce. All the proceedings take place through zoom calls including terrible network and tech glitches. A judge also makes appearances via Zoom calls for hearings. The comedy plays out in 10 episodes of court sessions that will decide both couple’s fate.

In coversation with Indian express Sumeet Vyas talked about how they did shooting at home through zoom call and describe about his upcoming web series.

Sumeet said the writer got this idea from a court hearing he read about in a newspaper that was taking place from home. He put forward the concept and ask many of us who were interested in doing it.

He even talked about the difficulties in shooting and the hardwork done by cinematographers and lightmen.

As an actors we always complained about time taken to set up shot but this time we had to do it ourselves and we realized the pain these people take yo set up a shot. It took us time to get use to this type of medium.

He even said that this show might come with hope and as arelief for the viewers. Through this lockdown his wife (Ekta Kaul) who was pregnant had nothing watch apart from film that would be full of violence, very intense and dark. He said ” There’s no comedy now, everybody wants to kill each other, I don’t know why!”.

Talking to director he said ”  “The concept and the story of Wakaalat From Home is new, yet very relatable and riveting. It is a fun twist to the work-from-home culture that we all have embraced because of the nationwide lockdown.

With this show, we have presented one such WFH scenario where the court/legal proceedings of cases of lesser importance have moved online via zoom calls. There are moments in the show that you relate to, as well as make you laugh out loud. Wakaalat From Home is a lighthearted take on the new normal that we have to adapt to.”

This show might come up as a fun and entertaining  series that will make everyone hurt their belly.