Popular TV actress Sanaya Irani is making her debut in the short film genre with film director, producer and entrepreneur Akash Goila’s Dum Dum Dumroo. The film releasing April 9 on Filmeraa Shorts, the YouTube channel with 6 million views worldwide, also stars actor Anil Charanjeet. After its Mumbai premiere on April 1, the makers have planned a second premiere of the film in Dubai today (April 6).
While promoting it, Akash says that Dum Dum Dumroo is a black comedy on a social cause. “It’s about a female child specialist who joins a new hospital only to meet a weird peon Dumroo who kind of makes her feel uncomfortable. What is the motive of the peon? Is he planning to commit a crime? Or are his intentions not so bad?” Akash says.
Ask him about the inspiration behind the film and he says, “I can see a lot of men being accused of misbehaving with women, so I wanted to share more perspectives of the same.”
Dum Dum... is Akash’s second film after Vinay Pathak-starrer Dark Brew which got 1.5 million eyeballs across all platforms with seven award nominations and one Best Film Award.
The leading lady of TV shows known for her work in serials like Miley Jab Hum Tum, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?, Chhanchhan, Rangrasiya says that the experience of being a part of the film was something new and different. “That said, it’s acting at the end of the day. I take any form of acting seriously and take as much interest in it as anything else,” she says.
But how different are the two mediums — shorts and TV? She replies, “Honestly, I didn’t feel any difference. It was pretty much the same — it was like how I shoot for television. I have been on a film set before, so I knew how things work.”
Short films are being screened at different venues. So how are shorts getting big in India? Akash, who will begin his journey as an independent and feature filmmaker with films like Abar and Zille-Ilahi, says that short films are always being included in major film award shows. “In India, any format — be it long or short — is big if the emotion of the film is in correct place,” he adds. But do you see these films becoming commercially viable anytime soon and he replies, “Yeah, they are commercially viable already. It’s just that they need theatrical collection too all over the world, which can be done easily if we can club four to five new movies together and play them worldwide in theatres. They will make huge collections. Plus there are many new ways in which short films can earn.”
Before signing off, we ask Sanaya why haven’t we seen her in daily soaps post Rangrasiya, which went off air in 2014 and she says that lack of interesting scripts have made her stay away from TV shows. “Honestly, in a long time I haven’t heard an interesting story that will make me go out and hear more of that story. I hope to do more work on the web because I see a lot of interesting things happening there and there’s a lot of scope too. I am a greedy actor so I want to do diverse kind of work,” she says.