How did you become a part of the series?
I got a call from the writers. They sent over the script and I found it very interesting. I said yes and that’s how the ball started rolling. I was interested from day one. I had an opportunity to work with Purbi, who I know for a decade or so now. She was in Jersey, she’s settled there after marriage – so it was good times.
Tell us about your character in the series?
I play Praful Patel, an Indian who stays in New Jersey and owns a corner shop. The series is about the day to day life of Praful and how his experiences. There are many Indians who tend to live out of India but bring a little bit of their culture wherever they stay.
How was your experience shooting for the show? Did you have a bound script or were open to impromptu changes?
I had a good experience. We did have a bound script, but we were also open to impromptu changes to the script. The actors were given complete freedom to improvise. So, we very organically became part of the project.
How was your experience with Pitobash?
This was the first time that I worked with him. It was a great experience working with him. He is seen in foreign productions. So, I asked him how to get an agent to get work out of India.
What kind of humour would you find in Metro Park?
See, in India, there’s three kinds of humour that are lapped up. There’s slapstick, there’s innuendo and there’s mimicry. Metro Park doesn’t have either of these. It’s a very clean, good comedy that will impress anyone who tries to watch it.
What’s the most memorable sequence for you?
Well, the series is filled with so much humorous scenes, it’s difficult to pick one. But if I really must tell you, I’ll go with the ‘rectal’ scene, the one they have used in the trailer.
Why do you think more and more mainstream actors are going to streaming?
That’s because more and more audiences are going streaming. My film Sonchiriya is in the theatres right now. Everyone is thinking that they will watch it when it comes to the streaming platforms. Streaming is taking away the cinematic experience, but that’s not essentially a bad thing. I think that the streaming platforms will be the game changer for entertainment.
How open would you be to do a short viral video?
To be honest, that format of story telling doesn’t interest me much. I wold rather do the long form kind of storytelling.
What’s next for you?
I am doing a black comedy with Vir Das for Applause Entertainment. Once again, that’s a very rarely done genre. I am looking forward to that one.