Web series are the flavor of the season. Sony LIV’s Love Bytes that stars Kushal Punjabi and Sukhmani Sadana in lead roles released its second season some time. Sukhmani is an actress and a writer. She was seen on Sony TV’s show Khottey Sikkey and is writing the script of Vikram Bhatt’s upcoming flick, 1921. Love Bytes is about a couple in a live relationship and is a urban tale. Bollywood Life caught up with her for a small chat. Excerpts…
What makes Love Bytes different from other web series?
Well to begin with, it was one of the first fiction web shows of India and Sony was bold enough to take that step when no one had delved into the digital space. Now, we have endless web shows out there. What's different about Love Bytes is that there was not much of a script in season 2 and the camera was just placed. We gave bytes based on our real opinion on relationships. A girl’s true and unscripted take on love and live-in relationships. Similarly for Kushal Punjabi, it was from a man’s point of view. This format worked very well for our audience as they could sense how real it was.
Sadly, web series are showing lot of erotica. Do you feel it is disservice to story-telling?
Yes, I do feel that way. Just because there are no censors on digital content maybe some makers are using that path for subscribers. I feel that a good story makes a show a winner in the long-run. Having said that, there is an audience for erotica too and I don't judge that because that's a separate category all together. To each his own, but I being a writer myself I never dismiss the fact that a story is the backbone of everything.
A lot of TV actors have forayed into web. What brings them there?
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Well it is work that happens faster and gets released faster. It gives you more opportunities and a lot of visibility as most people now are scrolling on their phones. It's the next gen thing. TV actors also know that television is restricted and maybe still a little old school but web content is unapologetic and a lot more realistic for viewers. So, it is a smart move to move to the web for sure.