Amazon Prime Video Unpaused’s new offering is an anthology of five short films shot during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nitya Mehra, through her film Chaand Mubarak, wants to convey the message of learning to trust people.
Played by Ratna Pathak Shah and Shardul Bharadwaj, Chaand Mubarak is the story of a rich single middle-aged woman who makes an unlikely friendship with a young rickshaw driver, from whom she is forced to ask for help during the lockdown. As they slowly move beyond their preconceived notions about each other, they realize that they aren’t all that different after all – both alone in the big city of dreams.
Nitya said he never knows if its content will resonate with the audience. “If so, I hope they get a little taste of an unlikely friendship. If two unlikely people meet, a certain amount of judgment is involved. If you leave a little room for conversation, you will understand a lot more about who the other person is and you will realize that there will always be common ground. “
If the public were to take something away from Chaand Mubarak, it would be learning to trust again. “I think the world was entering a different kind of polarization that I had never seen before. There is a great divide between the people who live in the ivory towers and those who are not. Social structures created that division and it has only increased in these times. Covid-19 is also a mind game, so to speak. It has created such chaos that trusting each other will be a whole new thing. When you look at someone wearing a mask and sneezing, it’s like, ‘Oh my God, does that person have Covid-19? Will he give it to me? I think I was trying to unite Covid-19 and the social structures that existed before Covid-19 and say, “Listen, go out there and get to know the person you’re talking to before you choose not to trust them”, “she. She said.
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Shardul said, “It’s about people like you and me, and it’s recognizable in terms of the situation these people are in and the preconceived feelings they have against each other.”
He also talked about the “wonderful” experience of filming with Ratna. “She’s not just an expert, a lot of people are seasoned. In one scene he only knows where to push me a little and where not. As a young actor, you feel comfortable because there is someone working with you in the scene who will take care of you, ”he said.
Prior to signing, Nitya provided an update on the long-awaited second season of Made In Heaven, which she co-directed. “We will start shooting early next year. We are thrilled to be back on set because it’s been a while. I have no idea about the release dates, so don’t ask me, but I know we will start our work early next year, “he said.
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