‘Your siblings are the first friends you make’

Amrita Prasad
Sunday, 17 March 2019

Chatting up Maanvi Gagroo who will be seen in the second season of TVF Tripling  alongside Sumeet Vyas and Amol Parashar 

Although she was noticed and proved her acting chops in The Cheetha Girls: One World, and No One Killed Jessica, she rose  to instant fame through TVF Pitchers. Her character as Samriddhi in Amazon Prime Videos’ Four More Shorts Please is every other Indian girl who is fighting issues of body shaming, struggling to find love and coping up with a dictating mother. As Chanchal, in TVF Tripling, Maanvi Gangroo created a place in everybody’s heart. And she is back with another crazy trip that she is taking with her siblings Chandan and Chitvan (Sumeet Vyas, and Amol Parashar) on the second season of the popular webseries  on TVFPlay and SonyLIV. Directed by Sameer Saxena and written by Akarsh Khurana and Sumeet, the series also stars Kunal Roy Kapoor. 

Tell us about the new journey you will be taking the audiences on. 
The general theme of the show is the same— it's about three siblings coming together and taking a road trip. Of course the reason why they are taking the trip is different this time and for that you have to watch the series. The three characters have evolved a little bit and grown for the better or worse and are in different phases of their lives. The theme of the journey being more important than the destination is there and that’s what we are emphasising on. It also stays true to it’s message that no matter how many kaands (goof-ups) you do in your life­— you could commit as many mistakes as you want— but at the end of the day,  you can always go back to your family.  They are still going to accept and love you for who you are.

What are your thoughts on the sibling bond that the web series focuses on? How much do you relate to your character and circumstances in the series? 
The sibling bond is lovely, the warmth that it portrays is so organic. The reason why it has clicked with people is because the bond is so universal and everyone could relate to it. Even those who do not have a brother or sister, have a very close friend who is a like a sibling. Your relationship with your sibling is hot and cold— sometimes they get on your nerves and you fight with them, but you always miss them when they are not around. When you talk to them you are reminded of your childhood and all the beautiful memories that you have shared with them. Your siblings are the first friends you make and they are the connection to your past. 
Speaking of how much I relate to Chanchal, there are a few similarities and  many dissimilarities. Just like me, Chanchal doesn’t reveal her emotions much, she’s always thinking about others and never wants to burden anybody with her own problems. She is always keeping her worries to herself, so in that  way, I am a lot like her. However, Chanchal puts up with a lot for her partner in season one, I don’t think I would ever do that. Having said that, it is easier said than done, because I have never been in that kind a situation.

You have done TV, but the web has brought out the best in you. How has the platform changed your career? 
I have actually done one show for Disney when I was a kid and web has completely changed the game. There is so much new stuff that’s happening on the web and people are trying to experiment  with new themes. Another aspect is that the target audience primarily is between the age group of 18-35 years, so the characters in web series speak their language, face the same issues and try to deal with them in the same way that today’s youth do. It is nice to see people like you and me onscreen. Also, web series have a lot  of content related to friendship that clicks with the youth. We didn’t have many movies like that, except Dil Chahta Hai which became a cult film because that age group could connect with it. I think that is what web is doing today.  

What are your upcoming projects? 
A film  called 377 Ab Normal is releasing on March 19 which talks about the journey of these five petitioners who fought the battle over many years and challenged section 377, which finally led the Supreme Court to revoke the section of the IPC. It is a great film to be a part of. People should go and watch it. 

All the episodes of TVF Tripling season 2 will go live from April 5 on SonyLIV and TVFPlay

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