Interview: TVF Tripling Cast Gets Chatty About Their Rocking New Web Series
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The lead cast of TVF Tripling is currently basking in the glory of their new show which has been received enormously well by fans and viewers (the premiere episode released on Sunday, August 28).
The web series, produced by The Viral Fever (Permanent Roommates, TVF Pitchers), features Sumeet Vyas, Maanvi Gagroo and Amol Parashar as distant siblings who take off on an unplanned road trip.
This one is definitely a more novel take on the whole ‘road trip’ genre which usually includes friends (Dil Chahta Hai), with a bit of romantic interest thrown in at times (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara).
“Road trips are usually between friends – banter, romantic interests and sexual tension are obvious plot devices. When you put siblings on a road trip, you suddenly rule out all of these,” explains Amol while talking about the series’ unique concept.
Ahead of the show’s online premiere, TubeScoop got the cast to share some pretty awesome and insightful details about the series, their characters, behind-the scenes moments and more…
How and when did you get involved with Tripling? What was it about the project that interested you most?
Maanvi: So I had heard the concept of the show when they were writing it. I loved the idea so much that I literally hounded Sameer [Saxena] and Arunabh [Kumar] to let me read the script. Once I read I knew I just had to play Chanchal. So more hounding later, I was on board.
What drew me to the show was the fact that a) it was such a novel concept and b) some of my favourite people were involved in it and c) it involved travelling.
Sumeet: I got involved in this project 6 months ago, as a Writer. Then I met Akarsh Khurana, a dear friend and a very senior and prolific writer, asked him if he can come on board and if we could collaborate and write this. He agreed and we wrote this.
The one thing that really pulled me to the project was the word ‘RoadTrip’. When we were discussing ideas, I once suggested if a road trip with your siblings would sound interesting. And everyone loved it. So that was it.
Amol: I was involved with the project through its inception. Sumeet and I had been trying to develop a couple of ideas together – finally Sumeet came up with this idea of a Road Trip with siblings which instantly got everyone excited. I think we were meant to play siblings sometime somewhere in any case because I have known him for a long time, and apart from sharing a great camaraderie through the work that we have done in the past, we have been told a lot that we look like brothers.
Sumeet and Akarsh wrote it together and I used to listen in on the narrations of the episode. So unlike a usual scenario where the whole script is on paper, and is then given to the actor, I had the privilege of having seen the story and character develop in front of my eyes (or ears in this case).
I think the core idea of the series is very interesting. Since road trips are usually between friends – banter, romantic interests and sexual tension are obvious plot devices. When you put siblings on a road trip, you suddenly rule out all of these. It seemed like a blank canvas – and an intriguing one to explore. Sumeet and Akarsh have done a great job at painting that canvas with a story that is touching, amusing and all sorts of crazy in its own way.
Tell us about your characters.
Maanvi: Chanchal is your typical middle child. She’s extremely private as a person but outgoing at the same time. She’s an adventurous, instinctive person but is now in a situation she finds very restrictive and suffocating. Chanchal is also very close (which they all realise during the course of the show) to her brothers, being the only sister.
Sumeet: Chandan is a very systematic person. He does everything with a lot of planning and clarity. He’s a Lawyer, he was working in the US, got married to his boss, and started living with her. And one day he discovered that his wife was having an affair with another man. He was heartbroken, they fought, he got a divorce, and he got some money in Alimony. Which he’s not very proud of, but reluctantly keeps.
Amol: Chitvan is the youngest of the Sharma family. He is a drifter, he is laid back and doesn’t take life too seriously. He is amused by the strangest of things and is always on a tangent during a conversation. While on the surface it seems like he has nothing going for him, he turns out to be the most comfortable out of the 3 with where he is in life.
How was your experience of shooting this series? Tell us about your most memorable off-screen moment.
Maanvi: This was definitely one of the most difficult shoots for me. The temperature in Jodhpur, where we shot most of the series, was soaring high. To add to that, I had these elaborate costumes that added to the physical discomfort. For this reason and many others, I feel I’ve learned many lessons on how to maintain my calm and focus only on my act, no matter what the conditions. To borrow one of my favourite lines from Pitchers, ‘Sar jhukao aur kaam karo‘.
My most memorable off screen moments are again from the Jodhpur schedule. We were all staying in the same hotel and our rooms were together. So every day, post shoot, we would all get together and hang. We would listen to music, RK (Rajesh Krishnan, director) would play his guitar and just generally unwind.
Sumeet: Sometimes I feel, I become part of certain projects so I get to work with my favourite people. And here I got to travel with them, party with them, sometimes argue with them, it was lovely. I’d cherish it all, for the rest of my life.
Amol: With regards to the team, it was an amazing experience. Knowing both Sumeet and Maanvi from before was an added bonus because that meant that there was less effort required to get the chemistry going – which is necessary when you are playing siblings. Rajesh Sir was an absolute pleasure to work with, a legendary adman and a lovely madman. I think our off-camera conversations and chilling sessions will be the take away memory that I will cherish for long.
Sumeet – As a personality, how is Chandan different from Mikesh [of Permanent Roommates]?
Chandan is poles apart from Mikesh. He’s not Goofy at all. He’s actually very close to Sumeet.
Maanvi – Did you get any big/younger sister-like treatment on sets?
[Laughs] Not really. Although being the only female actor for most part of the show, I did enjoy the attention. Having said that I think the comfort level we shared with each other as well as that with RK and Sameer made everything all the more smooth.
Amol – How did you find working on a web series (your first) different as compared to acting in other mediums (film, ads, theatre)?
In terms of shooting schedule, this series was very much like working on a film. We shot approximately 2 hours of content in just over a month – with only a few days in the middle for breaks.
In terms of acting, I think there is slightly more pressure in a web series on an actor than there is in a film. I say that because films come with a lot of elements that comprise it – the music, the style, the scale, the star power etc. In a web series, there is constant focus on the characters and their instant relatability with the audience because that is the only thing that the audience has to latch on to. If you don’t get them by the balls (I mean eyeballs of course!), their going away to watch something else is just one click away.
You can click here to watch episode 1 of TVF Tripling, online.