Actor Manu Rishi says the web offers more creative freedom than cinema in today's age
Actor-writer Manu Rishi Chadha talks about his new web series and forthcoming film Rajma Chawal
Actor Manu Rishi Chadha, the man who is known as the dialogue writer behind the hit black comedy, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (OLLO), is back on the web in a new role. The man who gave audiences a true feel of Delhi through his dialogues in OLLO, stars in the upcoming web series Babbar Ka Tabbar.
The show produced by Mango People Media goes on air on Zee5, Zee’s digital platform. It showcases Manu as a middle-class Delhiite. “The story is of a Punjabi family that lives in Delhi. I play the father. The plot is about how he deals with the tensions of middle class life along with his family of two teenage children and wife. Our story is told through comedy and we are certain that most middle-class Indians will relate to it,” says Manu who was last seen in the popular web series Inside Edge in 2017.
While the actor is known for his onscreen roles, few know that Manu has also evolved from being a dialogue writer to a sought after script writer for his unique style of storytelling. Though a few of his films were shelved, Manu has been working on his craft and has grabbed every opportunity that has come his way. “After four films, I realised that I could take the responsibility of the sole writer. I like to call myself a professional writer and I am confident of transforming a 20-page story into a full screenplay with dialogues,” he says.
Manu has co-written the upcoming film Rajma Chawal, along with the critically acclaimed filmmaker Leena Yadav. The film stars Rishi Kapoor in the lead role of a father. “It’s a beautiful story about the relationship bet-ween a father and a son. I am also acting in it,” offers Manu. While he writes for cinema, the actor highlights how the web is evolving as a progressive medium. Manu concludes by saying, “There is not much difference bet-ween the two media. Of course, cinema creates a bigger emotional impact. But the web is now offering more freedom for expression.”