In his short acting career of four years, Rohit Suresh Saraf has already shared the screen with the who’s who of Bollywood. Fresh off the success of Ludo and Mismatched, the young actor talks about OTT releases, travelling for work, and holiday bucket list. By Sushmita Srivastav
Ludo was scheduled to be in theatres in April. But due to the pandemic, it was released on Netflix in November. Was the wait unnerving?
Just five days before the trailer release of Ludo, public gatherings got banned. Things changed fast after that. I heard about the film’s OTT release sometime in April, and honestly, it was a bit unsettling. Over two years of shooting, I had dreamed of seeing it on the big screen. But the wait, however unnerving, turned out to be in our favour in the end. Had it been a theatre release, it would have been released in just a few countries. But now, the film is streaming in over 190 countries with millions of viewers watching it.
How different is an OTT release for the cast and crew?
Usually, we travel to different places for promotions, and hundreds of people come together to watch the screening. But things worked differently with the pandemic in the picture. Everything was done from home! But our passion towards the craft and the love we’re receiving have remained constant.
You are getting a lot of love for Mismatched. What did you enjoy most about making it?
While shooting for it, we had no idea that Mismatched would turn out to be so big. We never thought about the end product—the entire crew was just having fun! And the credit entirely goes to both the directors (Akarsh Khurana and Nipun Dharmadhikari). They made sure we enjoyed every bit of it without the quality of work getting hampered. So, what I loved most about the show was the amount of fun I had shooting it and how real it was.
Do you enjoy travelling for work? What’s your favourite shoot location?
I absolutely love travelling! In the last three years I have been to places like Toronto for its film festival, London for The Sky is Pink, Scandinavia for What Will People Say, and many places in India for different projects. I loved it all—London, the Andamans, Rajasthan—it’s hard to pick a favourite!
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Most memorable holiday
The mountains of Uttarakhand for New Year’s Eve.
A Suitable Boy, and Schitt’s Creek makes me happy after a long day so I keep going back to it.
Films and shows that inspire you to travel
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.