CityLights Actress Patralekha Talks About Working In India’s First VR Web Series

Arjun Varma

Arjun Varma

Arjun is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who, before stepping into the glamorous world of entertainment reporting, assisted acclaimed filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron and Christopher Nolan.
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With VR (Virtual Reality) being the hottest new technology in entertainment these days, it’s only a matter of time before movies start releasing in VR format in theatres worldwide. While we wait for that to happen, production on India’s first VR web series is already underway.

Starring CityLights (2014) actress Patralekha, ‘Cheers,’ touted as India’s first virtual reality web series, is a ‘slice-of-life’ story about 4 friends who meet in Goa several years after passing out of college. The reunion is marked with trips down memory lane, and talks about the uncertain future.

Patralekha is currently in Goa for a month-long schedule of the upcoming 5-episode series. Talking about the new and interesting format of the show, the actress told Times of India, “The makers [SpectraVR, a Mumbai-based virtual reality media production company] specialise in virtual reality content and when I saw what the show would look like, I was amazed and I just had to be part of this one.”

She also shared some details about her ‘coming-of-age’ character who makes a transition from the tumultuous teenage years into adulthood. “The show documents all the changes I go through and will have me sporting two dramatically different looks – the first is slightly rebellious and wild, the other glamorous.”

The release date for ‘Cheers’ and the platform on which it will be streaming, is yet to be announced. However, it is slated to release sometime in November this year. Watch this space for more updates.

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated 3D environment. It basically means that instead of viewing a screen in front, you will actually find yourself inside a 3D world of the video/films/series, using VR goggles.

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