Neeraj Pandey on his films, Special Ops: Want to push the envelope as a storyteller

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Neeraj Pandey on his movies, Particular Ops: Wish to push the envelope as a storyteller


Filmmaker Neeraj Pandey determined to provide you with an “in between” season of his widespread net sequence “Particular Ops” as he was eager to discover the again story of protagonist Himmat Singh regardless of it being a time-consuming and costly course of. The result’s “Particular Ops 1.5”, a present with three episodes of 45 to 50 minutes to fill the hole between the primary and the second season, which is able to arrive in 2022.

The 47-year-old director mentioned he was one of many first artistes from Bollywood to foray into the digital house as he was at all times involved in exploring newer methods of storytelling.

“I take a look at myself primarily as a storyteller. Upon getting that perception, it turns into simpler so that you can decide the way you wish to inform your story. We lean in direction of newer issues, newer methods of presenting our content material.

“Whether or not we succeed or fail is immaterial, however we wish to carry on pushing the envelope and I hope that this doesn’t cease at any juncture of my profession,” Pandey informed PTI.

“Particular Ops”, created and directed by Pandey, with Shivam Nair as co-director, featured Kay Kay Menon as Himmat Singh, a member of Analysis and Evaluation Wing (RAW), who varieties a crew of 5 brokers to trace down the mastermind behind the phobia assaults in India.

Pandey, who not too long ago launched the poster of the brand new season, mentioned Menon was elated with the prospect of exploring the adolescence of his character.

The director mentioned they’d briefly explored the concept within the first episode of the sequence and it had turned out properly, encouraging them to discover it additional.

“It is time consuming and costly… When the provide got here to take the story ahead, we felt that as an alternative of doing that conventional template of season two, we must always attempt to take a special path to the entire thing and create a universe the place we get to know much more about protagonist Himmat Singh, one thing that will be difficult in a standard season format,” he mentioned.

Pandey mentioned he thought it was a “extra prudent” resolution to attend for the proper time to start work on a full-scale season, one thing that will not have been potential amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“1.5 method additionally helped us as a result of it’s simply three episodes. It does assist us in preserving the curiosity concerning the characters concerned going and bridge the hole between season one and two,” he added.

It isn’t for the primary time that Pandey, identified for his movies similar to “A Wednesday”, “Particular 26”, “Child” and “Aiyaary”, has explored the again story of a personality. He has beforehand made the spin-off “Naam Shabana” (2017), based mostly on Taapsee Pannu’s character from “Child”, the 2015 motion thriller.

“Particular Ops”, a streaming success which launched in March 2020, was Pandey’s first net sequence that he offered and directed through Friday Storytellers, the digital arm of his manufacturing firm Friday Filmworks.

His filmography gives the look that the director is especially fascinated with tales referring to nationwide safety and espionage. However he believes it’s extra to do with the individuals, reasonably than the style.

“Sure individuals, sure persona varieties and people have at all times attracted me by the best way they assume, how they go about executing their plans… It’s extra to do with the people reasonably than the entire style per say.

“Most of those people belong to this area of labor, possibly that is why it might come throughout as a style liking for me. However basically I am extra interested in individuals and the way they go about doing their jobs,” he mentioned.

Pandey is in the meantime trying ahead to directing interval drama “Chanakya” with Ajay Devgn within the lead. The filmmaker mentioned the crew hopes to begin filming by the tip of this 12 months.

“‘Chanakya’ goes on flooring by the tip of this 12 months supplied all the things is in restoration mode because it appears now… It’s an out-and-out interval piece… We’re nearly to get into the capturing of 1.5 and get within the prep for ‘Chanakya’,” he mentioned. 

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