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There’s no storyteller in the country who is not charmed by digital platforms, says Samit Kakkad on Indori Ishq

After dabbling in various genres in Marathi and Hindi cinema, the filmmaker has made his first Hindi web-series. 

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After dabbling in various genres in Marathi and Hindi cinema, Samit Kakkad has made his first Hindi web-series, Indori Ishq, which is being streamed on MX Player. 

Starring Ritwik Sahore and Vedika Bhandari, the show explores the concept of unrequited love and delves into the modern-day dynamics of commitment and fidelity in a  relationship. The nine-episode show, which was launched on 10 June, narrates "Kunal’s [Sahore] story of love, heartbreak at the hands of his lover Tara [Bhandari], and its dire consequences.”  

Speaking about the show, Kakkad said in a statement, “With Indori Ishq, I could delve into a young couple’s psyche, which was fun for me. I had a great time shooting this show in Mumbai and Indore, exploring untapped locations with an extremely dedicated team. We had extensive schedules, and we’ve tapped both the cities in shades that have never been seen before.” 

The filmmaker debuted with the Marathi dance drama Aayna Ka Bayna (2012) and followed it up with Half Ticket (2016), the official Marathi remake of Kaaka Muttai (2014)

Speaking about trying different genres, Kakkad added, “I’ve never been the sort of person who chases money. If I’m dipping my fingers into so many different pies, it’s because I love the content I have on hand. I enjoy the process of being able to bring stories to life without compromising on quality, tonality and technique. Whether it’s Indori Ishq, my previous films, or my next films — two in Hindi and one in Marathi — what has worked in my favour is that I don’t use any crutches whatsoever. I think and act independently, and do what is right for the project.” 

His film Ascharyachakit (2020) was one of the earliest Hindi features to be released directly online. “There’s no storyteller in the country who is not charmed by digital platforms. One of my earlier films, Ascharyachakit, was a direct-to-digital release on Netflix when people were still warming up to the idea of watching content on platforms in India. As a filmmaker, I’ve honed the art of crafting stories in an edgy and realistic style — the emotions, the pain, the pleasures are all as real as it gets,” he said.  

Kakkad credits his father filmmaker Amar Kakkad for taking baby steps into the world of films. “I’ve grown up to believe that there’s no better film school than a set and the post-production set-up where you truly learn how a story comes to life. Years ago, my father paved the way for me when he started making experimental content in his workspace. I’m striving to ensure that the same quality drives my company, Samit Kakkad Films,” he said. 

One of his upcoming Marathi films is titled 36 Gunn, which is an experimental film based on true events. It has been shot in Central London, New York, Glasgow, Edinburg and Mumbai. 

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