Producer-actor Ritika Anand on JL50: ‘Parts of our hearts broke when we decided on OTT release’

Actor Ritika Anand, who makes her manufacturing debut with net collection JL50, has mentioned the Abhay Deol starrer was made with an purpose to create a really desi, Indian science-fiction movie and create a style, totally different from how the west makes science fiction movies.

Ritika performs a pilot within the collection that was initially made as a movie with Abhay Deol, Panja Kapur and Piyush Mishra essaying the lead roles. JL50 lastly launched on Sony Liv final week and has obtained extensive crucial acclaim. Crediting her writer-director for the idea of fusion between science fiction and Indian mythology, Ritika mentioned in an interview with Hindustan Times, “The concept is all his (Shailendra Vyas) – I only told him that I wanted a sci-fi and a very desi one at that.”

Elaborating on the thought of introducing Emperor Ashoka to the idea, Ritika mentioned, “There was a point in the story where he (Shailendra) wanted to associate Indian mythology but we could not think of anything. He wanted to bring this aspect because we believed people can identify with the film as their own and feel a sense of pride if we bring in some Indian-ness to the concept. While researching, I came across a few lines about emperor Ashoka and I told him about it. He found a way to fit it into the story in the right manner.The way he has presented this is all his vision.” 


Asked about her response when JL50 was slated for an OTT launch, Ritika mentioned, “I wish the whole planet could time travel and get rid of this pandemic. With the pandemic adding to it all, every filmmaker can now share the stage with the bigwigs and that is a great thing to happen. I am grateful it is releasing now. I am relieved of that pressure – where the weekend ticket collection decides whether I have made a good film. Theatrical releases are like having your school exam results displayed on the notice board for everyone to see while OTT is like receiving that result in your personal email.”

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JL50 was initially made as a movie 4 years in the past and was just lately launched as an internet collection.  “Parts of the entire crew’s hearts broke when we had to release it on OTT because it was made as a  film but given the circumstances, it was the best decision to release it on online,” she added.

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Ritika additionally elaborated on a chance of a sequel and mentioned, “When we wrote it, we wanted to leave it open ended as we are taking this bold step of introducing desi sci-fi. why not end it on a note where if someone wants to take it up – a prequel or sequel can be built. Now with all the responses, that can be thought about, this time it will be written and conceived as a series. That end was created with this to keep the possibility open.” 

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Reference: HT

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