Purbi Joshi has done it all – from comedy shows to films. She will now be seen in Metro Park as Payal Patel, a NRI who lives in a foreign country and tries hard to become a part of the society, along with her Indian husband.
How did you become part of Metro Park?
They first approached Ranveer Shorey. Ranveer and I go way back. We have worked in The Great Indian Comedy Show. Ranveer suggested that they should contact me, he thought I’d do a good job with the role. They knew about me, the fact that me and Ranveer were comfortable, we have worked together.
What made you say yes to Metro Park?
I liked the fact that the subject hasn’t been tapped yet. There never has been a series made about Indians living abroad. And it’s not like we shot in India and tried to pass it off as a foreign locale. We shot on location, in New Jersey coffee shops. We worked with the locals in NJ. One of the homes here, it belongs to an NRI. What ultimately drew me to the series was that it had a comedy tinge to it. The characters were interesting, the ensemble cast was very exciting for me to be a part of.
Tell us about your character in the series?
I play Payal Patel. I play Ranveer’s character’s wife. What I liked about her is that she is not a caricature. She has an accent and all that, but she still tries to be cool and tries to fit in, keeping their values. She’s cool, she has her parlour, but for her, her husband is the best man around.
How long did you shoot?
We shot for more than a month. We did a lot of stuff before that. We had rehearsals, we had sittings so we had a hang of the whole thing. It was a great experience. We were shooting on location, in the shops, in the Metro. Metro Park is an area in New Jersey. The moment you get down at Metro Park Station, you know this is India town. So, we had an interesting, authentic experience. There’s nothing artificial about this show.
How would you describe the humour in Metro Park?
I would not call the humour high brows, I wouldn’t call it slapstick. It’s everyday humour. There are good and bad days in everyone’s life and then there are those ugly days. We are talking about the fact that we have kids, the kids are growing up, etc. I wouldn’t say Metro Park is handling just one genre. It’s a slice of life, everyday humour.
What’s your take on the double entendre humour that Indian content creators are famous for?
I feel that the audience is smart enough. These are adults we are talking about. If you choose to watch and indulge in something that I don’t like, it’s not my problem. We are a mature audience and a mature country. If I don’t like something you like to indulge in, I shouldn’t mind.
Do you think the streaming platforms are good for humorous content?
The streaming platforms is giving an opportunity to all kinds of genres. Earlier, we only had network cable that was only dishing out a certain kind of entertainment. Now, we have a platform where we can give diverse content and do stuff. That’s wonderful. Television is bigger than films in the US today. Audiences are getting the different choices now.