We get in touch with Anud Singh Dhaka who is seen playing Angad’s character in web series Taj Mahal 1989 which is streaming on Netflix. Anud Singh is easily the finest performer of the young cast in this series.
The audience has seen you on screen in movies like Super 30, Qarib Qarib Single. From movies to web-series, how has the journey been so far?
Quite honestly, in movies like Super 30 and Qarib Qarib Single, I had very minor role; they were you blink and you miss parts. I was hardly there in any of these films. But, after transitioning to web, I’ve started playing lead roles, and the journey has been nothing but beautiful. The web is bringing so many opportunities for actors, creators, directors, writers and everyone! People have their own qualms about web but I have been part of two web-shows, one is Dice Media’s Adulting and the other is Netflix’s Taj Mahal 1989. They have a very no- compromise approach and there is definitely nothing different than a film set, everything is pretty much the same. My journey so far from movies to web shows is that people have got the opportunity to see more of me. And I have received love in abundance!
Which medium do you enjoy working the most Film / Web Series / Short Film. Why?
I think I will be a little partial to short films, because that is how I entered this industry. We made short films during my college years and had all aspiring film makers working on them. Quite honestly, what excites me the most is the script and the people I will be working with. Collaborating for a film is exciting, and so is working for a web show! I don’t have any bias towards any of these mediums. It’s just that when you’re working for films or web shows, you’re shooting for more number of days, there are more things that you get to do, there is more to the story, whereas for short films, it’s just a short affair.
How was your experience working on your latest project Taj Mahal 1989?
The experience was splendid; we were shooting in the beautiful city of Lucknow. Paras, Anshul and me, we had most of the scenes together. So, when you’re always with a young bunch and people of your age, you obviously end up having a lot more fun on set. Taj Mahal was really, super fun!
Are you excited about this release on 14th Feb? What are the expectations from the viewers, how do you see them respond?
I think there couldn’t be a better day for the show to release. I have two reasons – First, it’s a love show and it’s Valentine’s Day. And second it’s also my Bua’s birthday, who is like the most important person in my life. It’s just God indicating that all things are going to go well; it’s like a good omen for me. Besides that my expectations from the viewers is whatever they see, I hope they enjoy it. I have a feeling that people who weren’t even born in 1989 or who haven’t seen those times where technology wasn’t as dominant as it is today, would feel little more nostalgic about it, they would want to be a part of it, they would want to live that era and that’s what Taj Mahal 1989 effortlessly encapsulates. It will transport you to that time, it will make you live and it will leave you begging for someone.
Tell us more about ‘Taj Mahal 1989’and how did you come to decide on working on this project? Tell us your most memorable scene from ‘Taj Mahal 1989’and how the shooting experience with the cast was?
Like I said it has a wonderful cast, and I bonded so well with Geetanjali Kulkarni Maam, I met her for the first time on sets, we were they and we shot together at Taj Mahal as well. The most memorable scene is the library scene, where Dharam tries to threaten Mamta and I’m there trying to pacify the situation and how things turn around, like an entire ceiling falls on our head (laughs)…so, shooting for that scene was exciting in its own unique way.
Why should people tune in to watch ‘Taj Mahal 1989’
People should watch Taj Mahal 1989, because it’s reminiscent of those old classical times where people had time for each other, where people were patient…where people were in love.and stayed in love. Secondly, because we have only heard of these stories from our parents about their struggles like how they crossed the rivers, swam the waters, fought with crocodiles, sat on and Ox, walked 100 kilometers and used to go to school. But they don’t share or speak about their love life much, how they confessed their love for each other and many such hidden stories. It’s a very beautiful show, it will make you fall in love, it will make you believe in love, and I strongly believe there’s no better time than now.
Share your experience working with Dice Media? Anything you would like to add?
It’s been amazing working with Dice Media. And, I think more than Dice media it’s the people in the company; they are so talented, creative and so approachable and honest. I only shot with the team for two days, yet the experience was memorable; the director knew what she wants, my co-actors Yashaswini and Aisha were amazing on and off screen.
I just hope people watch our show; it’s a very different show for today’s times where people are churning out content aggressively and where everyone is trying to leave an impact! Everything is so fast paced, -the thrill, the excitement, the drama. The love story in our show Taj Mahal 1989 takes its own time, things are gradually happening and the story progresses with much more simplicity than what we see in shows these days and I hope it will be a breath of fresh air, and I hope that people like it and when people watch it they realize what they are missing out on, that’s all.