A love triangle coupled with obsessive love, Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein is yet another crime drama to have hit the OTT space. What makes it different, however, is that the baazigar in this show is a woman! This gender-bender thriller is written and directed by Siddharth Sengupta. Anchal Singh, Shweta Tripathi and Tahir Raj Bhasin, the lead cast, share excerpts from their journey.
Tu ru ru … tu ru ru
Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein (YKKA) takes one back to 90s! “When we first heard about Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein, our instant reaction was Tu ru ru… Tu ru ru. What we loved even more was its Spanish rendition,” says Shweta, claiming each time the song is played her heartbeat goes faster. “We thank Anuj Danait and Shivam Sengupta who have given us a phenomenal song. I know it’s a big challenge to give your own rendition of such famous number, but they have given it their own flavour. Add to it, any reference to Shah Rukh sir, it’s a big compliment,” adds Anchal. Baazigar happens to be the favourite film of Tahir. “Baazigar is my favourite film from the 90s; thematically YKKA matches masala films of the times. But also, Kali Kali Ankhein refers to the power structure watching you constantly.”
Stalking, a crime?
While 90s was the era when stalking was ‘normalised’, times are different now. The show explores the theme. “Whatever is seen on screen is the reflection of society. As much as the makers, the audience is equally responsible,” says Shweta, who wanted to live the character of Shikha. “Vo pyar hi kya jisme pagalpan na ho. This is a beautiful story in which one is ready to kill and another ready to be killed.” Anchal is glad that Purva happened to her! “This role gave great scope to portray different shades.” And Tahir feels privileged to be romanced by not one, but two talented actresses! “Romance as a genre is what I had not explored earlier. A man as object of desire is one new-age theme.”
Love for Chandigarh
“Chandigarh resides in my heart and soul. Not because my family members live there, but that I have gotten so much love from the city,” says Anchal. In fact, Tahir also lived in Chandigarh for three years as his father commanded Air Force 21 squadron. “I studied at St. Stephen’s 45. Those were the formative years when I took the first steps on stage.” Not that Shweta feels any less for the city. “Food is extremely important in my life. If love is the guiding force for my character, in real life it is food! Not unhealthy but good, delicious food. And, Chandigarh mein kya khaana milta hai!”
While YKKA is fetching a good response on Netflix, work-wise all three have their hands full. Tahir still wakes up to thousands of messages on social media. “Going from a non-cricketer to playing someone like Gavaskar took seven rigorous months. The film relives such an iconic moment.” He is also seen in Ranjish Hi Sahi, and his next is the film Looop Lapeta. Shweta has Gone Game Season 2 and the film Kanjoos Makkhichoos lined up. Anchal has Undekhi Season 2 up next!