While the series’ will be in genres like crime thrillers and romantic dramas, one will be focused on children.
Sachin Gupta with Shweta Tiwari during the shoot of Dry Fruit Ka Halwa
Writer, theatre activist and filmmaker Sachin Gupta, who has made films like Pakhi, Mansukh Chaturvedi Ki Atmakatha and Mango Talkies, among others, many of which were made in collaboration with London Players, has just inked yet another deal with them. The writer-director will make five series in different genres for his banner Chilsag Pictures. “As of now, there’s just an agreement to do these series; we haven’t finalized anything else. Pre-production and casting should happen soon. What we have decided, though, is that apart from crime thrillers and romantic dramas as genres, we will also make one show for kids. If you see the content for children on most OTT platforms, it’s very limited, so we will have one show focused on children,” says Sachin, adding that he is hopeful of getting the first one rolling by early 2022. “Some of these shows are being written with the potential of being developed for further seasons as well and should be 10 episodes each. They will be shot in Hindi and dubbed at first in Tamil and Telugu, with the possibility of adding more languages later,” he adds.
Meanwhile, even as plans are afoot for the web series, Sachin is currently in talks with OTT platforms to stream the anthology series of four short films that he has written and directed, called Dry Fruit Ka Halwa. “We are hopeful of streaming it on a platform that supports short films by November or December. This is an anthology of independent stories that do not interconnect, but have common elements of love and relationships; all the fun and conflict included. These stories feature actors like Dharmendra, Zarina Wahab, Rana Rushad, Kunal Jaisingh, Shwetha Tiwari, Shubhangi Atre, Pooja Banerjee, among others,” he says. Sachin adds that his banner is also planning more feature films, official announcements of which will happen soon.