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Celeb recommends: Top films, shows actor Anuj Rampal of Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar fame loves watching

The actor also spoke about all the fun he had with his colleagues while working on the Amazon Prime series. The series is the last directorial of Raj Kaushal and was released on the streaming platform on November 2

Akhila Damodaran
Nov 23, 2021
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Anuj Rampal is basking in the glory of the success of his debut series Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar. The actor plays the role of Siddhant Rastogi who plots the conspiracy to open India's first fake bank with his close friend Bhargav in the Amazon Prime series, directed by late Raj Kaushal. Rampal has been receiving great responses for his performance, comic timing and chemistry with Vicky Arora, who plays his best friend Bhargav. "Raj sir used to tell me that you are the life of the scene, so please keep the energy high. There was a lot of drama and layers to Siddhant's character," he says. But he adds he never lets success get onto his head by never being completely satisfied with what he does. 

He also opens up about his experience working on the sets. He says he made some really good friends. In an exclusive interview with OTTplay, he says, "We had a lot of fun and used to laugh a lot. There is a scene where Vicky and I drink and laugh in a farmhouse. After I watched the scene, I could say it was our off-screen chemistry that's reflecting on screen as well," he says. 

Rampal further shared the following list of shows and films that he has been binge-watching and would like to recommend to the audience. Check it out:

1
Squid Game
8.2OTTplay Rating
Squid Game is the most-watched series on Netflix so far. The South Korean survival drama was watched by more than 142 million members within a month of its release. The show is created by Hwang Dong-hyuk. It stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung.
2
La La Land
8.3OTTplay Rating
The 2016 musical romantic drama is directed by Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The film is popular for its musical numbers, witty comedy, romance and screenplay. The musical numbers have got Anuj Rampal grooving. He says, "I used to groove while walking in the house, listening to its music. It keeps you in a happy mood. It is magical and I am always on my feet when I listen to it." The film revolves around a jazz pianist (Gosling) who falls for an aspiring actor in LA (Stone). As they strive to achieve success in their respective fields, they also try to reconcile and work on their relationship alongside.
3
Tabbar
8.4OTTplay Rating
The thriller series is directed by Ajitpal Singh and produced by Ajay G. Rai. It stars Supriya Pathak, Pavan Malhotra, Gagan Arora, Kanwaljit Singh and Ranvir Shorey in lead roles. "The series is raw and intense," says Rampal. Its dark story is about a Singh family who shares a great bond with each other. It shows to what extent can one go to save his family from the repercussions of an unfortunate event.
4
Wild Tales
8.5OTTplay Rating
The Spanish drama is a black comedy anthology, comprising six short films. Written and directed by Damián Szifron, it stars Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa, Diego Starosta. The stories of each film are about revenge and violence. The film received the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language in the UK and the Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film in Spain. It was also nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
5
Sardar Udham Singh
8.7OTTplay Rating
Anuj Rampal is in awe of the Vicky Kaushal starrer historical drama. He says, "I liked the pace and the efforts of the entire team can be seen. Bahut dil se banayi hai ye film aur wo screen pe dikhta hai." The drama is based on the revenge of the revolutionary who avenged the deaths of several unarmed Indians during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The film has become the talk of the B-town ever since its release and received a 9.2 IMDb rating. The Shoojit Sircar directorial also stars Banita Sandhu, Amol Parashar, Shaun Scott and Stephen Hogan. Rampal recalls how the film reminded him that he had missed adding Sircar's name to his list of filmmakers he'd like to work with.
6
Panchayat
8.5OTTplay Rating
The Viral Fever comedy series, available on Amazon Prime, features Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta, Biswapati Sarkar and Chandan Roy. Directed by Deepak Kumar Mishra, it follows the journey of an aspiring engineer who takes up a job as a panchayat secretary in a remote village. The series is shot in an actual panchayat office in Madhya Pradesh. Rampal says, "The series is again raw and real and that's what catches my attention."


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