Akashdeep caught in a web
Actor-producer-director Akashdeep is overwhelmed with the response to BREATHE, the Amazon web series for which he collaborated with Vikram Malhotra and Abundantia.
“A journey that goes back more than two years”, he says. And worth every bit of it. He is also super thrilled at the massive promotion by Amazon. Akashdeep will also collaborate on Men Who Killed Gandhi, Dangerous Minds and of course Breathe season 2 with Abundantia and Vikram Malhotra.
“Vikram’s passion is unmatchable. There is no one better than him. His contribution in curating from an idea to a finished product is unmatchable.” Besides these shows, he is also in advanced talks with two other platforms for other long format shows. When asked what other exciting stuff is he doing, he smiled and mentioned that he is getting some exciting offers as an actor!.
“I’ve just done an ad campaign for a very very very big world brand. The ad film hits the stands around February. Wait and watch. We can’t reveal anything as yet. It was great fun working with an international crew”.
I’m regularly getting TV and film offers and I’m amused at this sudden interest in everyone looking at me when they want to cast a fat-rich 50 year old punjabi!!!
Akashdeep is also back at doing what he has done all over the world for over a decade in the 90s, Events.
He curated the Sonu Nigam act in the just concluded Reliance founders day event and is doing some more mega events in 2018.
When asked what brings him on all NEWS platforms so regularly these days, debating on various headlines, he says “I’ve been India’s top debator in my college days and I guess that germ still exists somewhere.
When my favourite news anchor Arnab Goswami asked me to join him on a debate post the Sikh issue with Santa Banta, I jumped with excitement. I guess I must have done a good job of it because soon I started getting calls from every news channel on various issues.And I am enjoying every bit of it. Does that leave any time for directing a film post Santa Banta, we asked him.
“See making a movie has become very tough these days. Most of us ended up making the middle kind of cinema as I call it. Neither a film with an A lister, neither an outta box experimental film. Hence I call them middle kinda films. That time and stage is incidently over now. It’s gotcha be a Big film, or an out of the box kinda film. Like Newton, Lipstick under my burka, Anarkali Of Aara kinds. I’ve worked out what I want to do next and hopefully will do it in the later part of this year, time Permitting. And yes, that too hopefully with Vikram whom I trust blindly. I allready have enough on my plate for 2018”, says Akashdeep.