Zeishan Quadri is an Indian screen play writer, story writer, actor and director who has written the story and co-written the screenplay for the Bollywood crime genre film Gangs of Wasseypur, directed by Anurag Kashyap. Quadri has also acted in Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2. Apart from that currently he’s finally making his acting debut in digital space with a webseries called ‘’Akki Vikki Te Nikki’’ directed by Vipin Sharma and produced by Sunil Bohra.
Zeishan you’re making your acting debut in Webseries in digital space with Akki Vikki Te Nikki so what was that one thing which tempted you to say yes to this?
The script was so amazing and the way Vipin Sharma narrated us the story and the world in which the entire story and characters are set was just fantastic. We all were so much involved and we could really relate ourselves to those characters like I am not only talking about myself (I play the character of Vikki) but about Akki and Nikki as well so after hearing the script we all were really very happy and we all then decided that lets just do it.
Do you feel that the story of this webseries is new and fresh?
Yes, definitely I feel that the story of this webseries is very new, fresh, out of the box, interesting and intriguing as well. This type of a story and concept is very new for the digital webseries space and on webseries platform no one has ever tried to explore this type of a bollywood based story yet. I am sure that audiences who’ll watch this webseries will just love it and instantly connect themselves to it.
You’ve also written screenplay for ‘’Gangs of Wasseypur’’ and many other films so how has your journey been like from screenplay writing to acting?
See I’ve acted in Wasseypur, Revolver Rani, etc. I’ve also acted in a film called ‘’Banana’’ which will be releasing somewhere around next year and recently I’ve acted in a film called ‘’Hotel Milan’’ which will release in January 2018. So it’s okay as it’s a part so writing or acting totally depends on what’s coming my way so if I love a concept as a writer I just take it to write a screenplay and I if I love the script as an actor so I say yes for acting that character in the films so it totally depends on what kind of things are coming up to me.
You’re now acting in a webseries so do you feel that now webseries in digital space has got an edge on films and TV?
See I don’t think that I can answer this question but yes, I know that definitely yes there’s a lot of audience now who wait for new and interesting fresh content in web either on youtube or facebook so I feel that it’s a very good platform for the actors and directors. So it’s a good platform for creative people and when it comes to production there are big companies like Netflix, Amazon and Alt these companies are there to make bigger and star studded webseries with new concepts but people who don’t have that much money but still make webseries with new stories and fresh faces which are also watched by people on youtube channels as well. I know some actors who are doing films from webseries like Sumeet Vyas so there are few pretty good actors who’re doing very well in this field. So it’s a very good platform for the actors and directors.
Do you feel that will people like this webseries as well?
I feel that may be when people would watch it they would also like it as well. I know that people love to watch things on web as it’s a short thing which can be watched while travelling and you can even watch it before going to sleep at night on your bed so now a days yes people love watching such things on web but it totally depends on time duration of the webseries like if it’s a 4 to 5 or 8 minutes duration webseries people love to watch it so I am not sure if producers will watch or not, film industry will watch it or not and if they watch it how will they take it. But I am confirmed that when audiences will watch it they’ll surely end up liking and loving it as well and may be my followers and fan base can increase due to that.
Apart from this are there any other screenplays that you’ve written for films or any other film that you’re directing?
I’ve written the screenplay for Luv Ranjan production house which is going on floors by next to next month may be i.e. by the end of the year in December 2017. I’ve also written a film for myself called Romeo Juliet which is a rom com that I am also directing where the script part is written by me so that is done now I’ve to narrate my script to the actors, directors and production house as well you know how everything in film industry is step by step.
Are there any other upcoming future film acting projects coming up?
Yes there are as I’ve acted in a film called ‘’Banana’’ which will be releasing somewhere around next year and recently I’ve acted in a film called ‘’Hotel Milan’’ which will release in January 2018 apart from that I’ve also written the screenplay for Luv Ranjan production house which is going on floors by next to next month may be i.e. by the end of the year in December 2017. Besides that, I’ve also written a film for myself called Romeo Juliet which is a rom com that I am also directing where the script part is written by me now only finalizing the actors, and production house for the same is left.
Any message that you want to give to people who would be watching your webseries?
The message to the people would be that if you’re a so called bollywood struggler in real life then never think that you’re not good as you’re a warrior and always be brave no matter what the situations are as you need to fight your own battles and things yourself as no one will help you for the same except you yourself.
How was your experience of working for the webseries?
The experience of working for the webseries was very good just because of Vipin Sharma the director and Sunil Bohra the producer of the webseries as they were very co-operative with me entire time due to which things became very easy for me as well. Script was written in such a way that I felt like it was written for me only so I loved to play the role of Vikki in the webseries and I assure you that you’ll just love to watch that character of Vikki.
How is your character Vikki in the webseries?
My character Vikki is educated from national school of drama and now is struggling very hard to prove himself in the film industry as an actor and in all this what are the problems and difficulties that he faces is the main plot of the webseries. You’ll love each and every scene of the entire webseries. Even if Vikki watches world cinema you’ll see in webseries that he watches those films dubbed in Hindi so it’s such a funny and comical character that you’ll love it.
Tell me something about your first meeting with Producer Sunil Bohra?
Actually Sunil Bohra sir had called me and said that there’s a character which I think is perfect for you to act in webseries and Vipin and I were sitting together so we thought that why don’t you do this role in the webseries. So after that I went to their office and they narrated me the script and I thought that it would be a good fun to work in a webseries and such a character as well so I then said yes.
By Vrinda Mundara.