Tell us a little about your character figure slave?
The actors say that in the OTT space they can really bite their characters because they have been given enough time to settle down. How does the image develop in the case of the Mumbai Diary? Because the series takes place in a few days.
The image goes from the position of weakness to the position of strength. Those who are brave are actually timid people. It’s a choice to be brave because it’s not a big deal if you’re not scared. But if you are scared and you are weak, and then you go to the position of courage, it requires courage and so does the image. In a show like this, which is over in just a few hours or a few days, there is not much time for character development. I mean, you can show character details etc but it’s not a character drama. It’s almost like a thriller because here the events unfold simultaneously. And that’s the extreme event. So, in a sequel, you usually have space to characterize, enter peripheral characters, and go into more detail but here, because we chose time stamps on everything, it’s a different kind of show. It’s a character-based show, it’s a medical drama where there’s a thriller feeling.
On the show, doctors are working on the victims of terrorist attacks and also on the terrorists responsible for such destruction and devastation.
When Kovid-1st struck, medical professionals were on the front lines, hoping to fight a virus that no one had ever heard of.
I am someone who comes from a very privileged background and has access to the best medical care but that is not the case in most parts of the country. The situation is quite bad in government hospitals, even in big cities like Mumbai. So, you have a lot of crowds, huge lack of beds, lack of medical supplies, equipment and infrastructure and this is very difficult only for those patients who do not have access to first aid. But it is very difficult for doctors to work in this situation and doctors are not gods. We sometimes think of them but they are not gods who can create miracles every day, they need this kind of support to strengthen them. This is something that is very lacking and it is a tragedy – and a reality in this country. Also, on top of that, if you have a situation like 26/11 or the epidemic, it’s so challenging for frontline staff. Our show is also working on that. And you know, even though I survived the 2/11 attacks – I wasn’t in Mumbai but I was in Mumbai at the time – I didn’t really see it from inside any government hospital. And how they worked in such an extraordinary situation… it was a very new subject for me.
Lately, we have also heard that two people of doctors have been attacked by tragic relatives who unfortunately could not save …
You know, that’s why we need to raise awareness of how difficult it is for doctors. They are not geniuses or gods who perform miracles every day and also, they cannot perform in emptiness. They can’t just create magic from thin air. They need to have equipment, they need to have nurses and teams. We need to support the front line staff and first responders so that they are able to do their job.
After every horrific incident that happened in Mumbai, people talk about the “soul of Mumbai”. It is your acceptance.
Okay, you know this is a very convenient thing where something happens and you can expect the consciousness of Mumbai to continue but what do people actually like? If they have to drive home, they have to go to work. And when there’s a crisis, it’s not like people can decide, “Oh, we can’t go on now.” They still have to run their house and put food on the table. So, they really have no choice. I mean, it’s an amazing thing that the day after 26/11, the next day local trains were running and running. It’s crazy and admirable too but I don’t know at any cost. And it shouldn’t be like that, that’s what I’m saying.