Pushpdeep Bhardwaj, director and screenwriter of ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi’, talks about the creative challenges of the golden age of the 70s : The Tribune India

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Chandigarh, January 17

Director-screenwriter Pushpdeep Bhardwaj, best known for his writing and directing in the 2018 film ‘Jalebi’, is currently garnering accolades for his web series ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi’, starring Tahir Raj Bhasin, Amala Paul and Amrita Puri, currently streaming on Voot. The story, based on a restless director caught between a devoted wife and a sizzling superstar, is written and directed by Pushpdeep Bhardwaj and executive produced by Vishesh Entertainment.

Set in the 70s, it explores a passionate love triangle between Shankar (Tahir Raj Bhasin), his wife (Amrita Puri) and a Bollywood starlet (Amala Paul).

Speaking about the challenges of creating a world of the 70s, Pushpdeep says, “I took on this challenge electrified and motivated. I was not born then, so I had to create many points of reference in order to to recreate that era. I had to watch a lot of movies from the 70s, meet people from the industry of that decade. I learned a lot of stories from all of that. Then I created a fictional world that touches and is inspired by the life of Mahesh Bhatt but not based on his life.

Talking about the preparations and research leading up to the series, Pushpdeep says, “Fortunately, I got some very good actors thanks to our casting directors Nishant and Vaibhav. I was very clear from the start about what I wanted to do and the actors in my unit were phenomenal. It’s half the battle when you have good actors because good casting is very important. I didn’t want to create a melodrama show, the plan was to keep it real and at its own pace.

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With an influx of thrillers and crime dramas, Pushpdeep says “Ranjish Hi Sahi” is “a breath of fresh air” and audiences will get to see the genre shift. “It was really difficult considering the kind of cinema people watch today. I knew I was going against the grain but I wanted to take the risk and in the end it worked. Plus everyone showed that he believed in me. I did a lot of homework, from costumes to cars and everything about the 70s. So the whole unit was on the same page during filming. Also, when you write it yourself, the procedure and the vision come out clearly.”

Talking about how he found a balance between real-life events and fiction, he concludes, “Bhatt Saab gave me complete creative freedom and entrusted some of the events of his life to me. The plate -form web is a space where you can play with multiple tracks, unlike a fixed length movie.Alongside the love story, I had the opportunity to create a parallel track and a whole world unfolding at I didn’t keep any character black or white, everyone is gray because the situation can be bad but not a person, so with this aspect I defined each character.”

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