Actor and author, Dhruv Sehgal resents the ‘cute’ quotient related to Little Issues, his Netflix present a couple of millennial live-in couple, Dhruv and Kavya (Mithilia Palkar) navigating the contours of labor, relationships and existence in Mumbai. “The first season was much more than ‘adorbs’. The treatment was light but it was also about freedom and generosity in the relationship. Dumbing it down to Mithila and Dhruv’s cute moments kind of unsettled me. I was aiming for authentic, not for a greeting card,” he says.
The title of the present belies weightier points that the third season makes an attempt to grapple with – the fluid thought of house, identification and the act of gently taking your dad and mom off that pedestal and seeing them as flawed people who tried their finest. However above all, it’s in regards to the delicate dance between intimacy and independence. “If lovers have their individual aspirations that don’t feature their partner, can they still be a unit? That question was far more interesting to me,” he explains.
Sehgal shouldn’t be large on the grand sweep of affection tales however is drawn to the smaller intimacies which he says are his canvas. In Little Issues, meals is just like the third wheel in Dhruv and Kavya’s relationship. “I labored on Jaideep Varma’s documentary Baavra Mann. We as soon as talked about how our typical Bollywood hero and heroines don’t eat or sleep or go to the bathroom. Who’re these folks? I like meals. You might be by no means suspicious of an individual when he’s consuming on digital camera. South Indian movies weave in meals superbly however Bollywood largely solely options chaat,” Sehgal elaborates.
Citing Lena Dunham’s Ladies as a reference to the present, he says, “It’s been my biggest learning when it comes to TV series because I loved the first, fourth and fifth seasons, hated the second and was indifferent to the third one. But when I finished the show I realised that I loved these characters. And they don’t care whether I like them or not. They are just living their own lives. I have disagreed with them so many times but you have to respect the characters’ evolution,” he opines.
Two episodes within the third season delve into Dhruv and Kavya’s relationships with their respective dad and mom, unearthing on a regular basis familial resentments. He attributes it to his private pining, “My parents are diplomats. Every three years we would shift. I was in London, Delhi, Kuwait, Muscat, Pune and Bombay. I ask myself, often, where is home? I have been able to answer that question after a very long time. This (Mumbai) is my home, because I have my partner here and a cat comes to my house every day. You find home in bits and pieces. That leitmotif connected with a lot of millennials.” At a time when so many Mumbaikars are falling in love with the town over again, Sehgal has additionally been part of the spontaneous protests within the wake of the JNU, Jamia and AMU violence. “It’s so amazing to see Bombay being Bombay. I don’t believe in the whole spirit of Bombay but I believe it is the most energetic and compassionate city. Like Dave Chapelle looks at the Trump era, there is so much solidarity and empathy in such dark times. These protests just prove that.”
On the lookout for the political
Sehgal shouldn’t be as involved about being typecast within the slice-of-life zone as he’s about shedding the chance to study one thing new due to his cussed outlook. “I am an ardent admirer of Noah Baumbach and Alexander Payne. I would mostly read books about suburban America and the Russian working class. But now I want to broaden my horizons. I want to understand how a character, unlike me thinks. But the ‘everyday-ness’ of things is still my forte,” he emphasises. He would love to put in writing a narrative within the detective/thriller style. “I’d like to fuse the political with the mundane in my work,” he continues.
When requested to call a sequence he wished he had written, he’s fast to answer, Lakhon Mein Ek. “I even auditioned for the second season, but didn’t get the part,” he laments. Sehgal got here to Mumbai harbouring aspirations of appearing however held on to Jaideep Varma’s recommendation like a talisman, ‘You have an eye of a storyteller. The only way you’ll survive as an actor is if in case you have the ability set to create your personal materials.’
He prefers writing over appearing. “That moment between action and cut is very exciting but I have to be careful about things. I can’t eat pasta at night and that’s a problem,” he jokes earlier than he reveals that he has nervousness. “I really enjoy the process of writing. On bad days I can choose to not write. I can go out for a long walk or not be in Bombay. But when I have anxiety and I have to act, those are the worst days. I get sweaty palms and my heart starts racing. Many scenes involved holding Mithila’s hands and my palms poured out a river. But till date, she hasn’t said anything. I think she understood.” Sehgal credit the crew on set for serving to him get by means of anxiety-ridden days. Whereas reminiscing about artwork that saved him, he mentions two books, Catcher within the Rye and Lust for Life. Sehgal admits that he’s much more productive when he’s anxious however goals to have a more healthy and a extra aligned life in 2020.