Our next internet sensation from across the border, Amol Parashar faced the camera for the very first time in the Ranbir Kapoor starrer, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year and went on to work alongside Manoj Bajpayee in the critically acclaimed Traffic. However, what made him a breakthrough talent was TVF’s hit web-series, Tripling that saw Amol play the happy-go-lucky protagonist, Chittvan who sets out on a road-trip with his siblings.
“For me, it was not very different from the work that I’ve been doing previously, perhaps slightly more interesting because of the content that is being produced on web,” he tells us from the sets of his next, as I begin our chat by asking him about his shift from the movies to the web. “As an actor, I looked at it as another opportunity; to me what matters is the story, the character and faith in the people one’s working with.”
Believing that the web has several advantages, including the “flexibility of showing whatever that suits the story without thinking twice” the lead that web has over other mediums is that it caters to an audience that has been neglected for the longest of time – the youth. “We’re showing characters that the youth can see in their lives, tell stories that they relate to. Television has evolved into a very different medium, the youth at some point stopped watching TV since there’s a very different audience for it,” he noted.
“That leaves them out of the loop and that’s why they turn to the west for Game of Thrones or Big Bang Theory. But, it’s so much more fun to watch something in your own language that reflects your culture and something you can relate to stronger since it’s happening around you,” the actor further adds. “It depends on how people perceive it,” he says as I ask him to comment on the responsibility of putting yourself out there. Case in point: Tripling that deals with self-discovery and concludes on a free-from-care note.
“The idea was to say that you can take life easy sometimes. When I was discovering Chittvan, from the very beginning you realize that he has nothing going in his favor, but at the end of the day if he’s at peace with life, it’s not all that bad,” he adds.
The young actor also stared in TVF's most-recent series, Bisht Please! and is currently shooting for two Bollywood films – Disco 82 based on the “underground party culture in Bombay” and the lighthearted, Apkay Kumray Koi Rehta Hai with his Tripling co-star, Sumeet Vyas.
Had Tripling been made in Pakistan, we would’ve loved to see Ahmad Ali Butt play a slightly older version of Chittvan. With his witty self off-screen entertaining and tickling our funny bones at all times, we’re sure the character would fit Butt like a glove!