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Cutting Chai is very close to my heart, says director Nupur Asthana

The short, which stars Arshad Warsi and Chitrangda Singh, is part of the Amazon Prime Video anthology series Modern Love Mumbai.

Roushni Sarkar

Nupur Asthana’s Cutting Chai, one of six short films that comprise Amazon Prime Video’s anthology series Modern Love Mumbai, stars Arshad Warsi and Chitrangda Singh.

One of the very first of their forty recently announced originals, Modern Love Mumbai, was released on 13 May. The series is an adaptation of the American romantic comedy anthology series Modern Love, based on the weekly column of the same title in The New York Times.

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The other five stories have been directed by Hansal Mehta, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shonali Bose, Dhruv Sehgal and Alankrita Shrivastava. These six anecdotes of people’s lives transcend all boundaries and stereotypes of caste, religion, age, and gender and promise a heart-warming portrayal of true love.

The Chance Pe Dance (2010) and Bewakoofiyan (2014) director said, “Cutting Chai is a story very close to my heart, and I enjoyed making every bit of it.”

Asthana revealed that the story is about a woman who’s caught up in the humdrum of everyday married life and has lost sight of her dreams. While projecting her dissatisfactions onto her partner and her choices, realizes that all the answers lie within her.

“I think this movie is an ode to all the lovers who are trying to figure out who they are really in this rapidly changing world and can they do it while keeping their loved ones close,” said the director, “I am so fortunate that Arshad and Chitrangada shared my vision and I really look forward to viewers enjoying Cutting Chai and having a warm cuppa along with it!”

The anthology also stars Masaba Gupta, Ritwik Bhowmik, Sarika, Danesh Razvi, Tanvi Azmi, Tanuja, Pratik Gandhi, Ranveer Brar, Meiyang Chang, Yeo Yann Yann, Wamiqa Gabbi and Naseeruddin Shah.

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