Dingo and Khanna Interview Part 1: Ladies Room actresses Saba Azad and Shreya Dhanwanthary on how it all began
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The season finale of Y-Films’ quirky and popular web series, Ladies Room, is out and with it the hilarious misadventures of Dingo and Khanna come to an end…well, maybe not.
Saba Azad and Shreya Dhanwanthary, who play Dingo and Khanna in the web series, want to take the mad ride to the big screen. “It will be so much fun to see these two get into trouble in like a road movie or something like that,” says Shreya.
Ahead of the show’s finale episode release, TubeScoop spoke with the two lovely ladies who breathe life into Khanna and Dingo. Talking to the fun, talented and absolutely mad(!) protagonists of the show felt more like a great conversation among friends in the ladies room rather than an interview.
Here is part one of the excerpts from our chat with Dingo and Khanna. You can read part two here.
So, 2 women and 6 loos – how was this theme sold to you and what was your first reaction?
Shreya: Well, to be really honest, employment as a concept in the entertainment industry is very, very rare, you know? And when Yash Raj [Films] calls you up with work that they say is interesting, you take the call. You take the call, you listen to the subject, you frown a little bit and then you get confused a little bit and then you jump in immediately. Come on, it’s novel, it’s never been done before. ‘Why not?’ was my first reaction.
Saba: Ashish Patil [Business and Creative Head of Y-Films] called me to tell me about this and he basically said, ‘You know, Saba…it’s [the show] totally wacko.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, that’s a nice way to start.’
He told me that it’s about these 2 chicks and 6 loos and ‘it’s absolutely nuts,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay, elaborate a little more.’ I think once I read the script, it was pretty clear that there was no way I’m letting this one go. It’s hysterical, tongue-in-cheek and it’s kind of to-the-point. It just shows women the way they are. It uses humor to say some pretty poignant things, I think. And they’re relevant to women today…especially young independent women. Once I read the script I was completely impressed by the writers… Ratnabali Bhattacharjee and Neha Kaul Mehra.
Shreya: See, this is why you to talk to Saba because she actually mentions the people who made this happen.
How long have you both known each other?
Shreya: Oh, we met for the first time during audition! [for Ladies Room].
You seem to share really great on and off screen chemistry – the friendship comes across as very natural on the show.
Shreya: I know. People have been actually congratulating us on the fact that we’ve been connecting really well and everybody asked us if we knew each other before. But yeah, the first time we met was at the audition and we hit it off the bat.
Saba: Yes! You know, instantly after we met we were like, ‘let’s go for a holiday.’ By the end of the evening we were already planning holidays in Europe.
So this is a genuine friendship…
Saba: [Laughs] Yes. Thank god for Shreya. Because, when you’re acting with someone who’s good, you get that much more to play off and you don’t stagnate. The other person doesn’t let you.
Shreya: Excuse me, ladies. I am going to go cry in the ladies room [Fake cries]. But same– right back to Saba actually. That’s so true. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Saba: Also, we held each other’s hands through the whole thing and it was that much more fun because she was a part of it. I can’t imagine doing it with anyone else. There could be no other Khanna.
Shreya: Or a Dingo.
Saba: I know; I’m going to cry.