After having owned the OTT room with Lootcase, Mirzapur Season 2, A Suitable Boy and Out Of Love Season 1, Rasika Dugal is waiting for an international audio company to release. The eclectic actor, who aims to represent India on the global front, signed a Channel X production for BBC Radio 2 entitled “The Empire”, written by Anuvab Pal and directed by Ed Morrish. Said production is a comedy audio series due out on March 7th.
The empire is located in Imperial India, where the new district judge of Darjeeling, with the help – and sometimes obstacles – of his colleagues, grapples with the responsibility of his new post. Dugal will speak out for the character of Sapna, a protorevolutionary. In addition to Rasika, the voices include the bigwigs of the acting world such as Stephen Fry, Alexander Owen, Anuvab Pal and Michelle Gomez.
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The character Rasika will investigate is a wise and intelligent woman in Darjeeling in 1911 who defies the new British judge and this leads to things no one expected. The series marks the actor’s second comedy attempt after the digital hit Lootcase. Interestingly, The Empire is part of the BBC Festival of Funny, a previously announced celebration of comedy.
Rasika says, “Anuvab Pal’s script split me when I read it. I had a three month shoot for an intense drama series and comedy is exactly what I needed. It was an absolute honor to work with actors like Stephen Fry, Alexandra Owen and Michelle Gomez. We all signed up on a Zoom call and recorded from studios in different parts of the world from different time zones. It was a pleasure to see so much talent and to hear such beautiful voices! I can’t wait to dive into the rest. “