After writer, director and producer Samit Kakkad brought four impressive, dark and eccentric stories to life, he painted his first nine-part, finite series for the OTT room, entitled Indori Ishq, A Hatke Love Story, in shades of red. The Samit-style show explores the concept of unrequited love and explores the modern dynamics of engagement and loyalty in a boy-girl relationship. The nine-part show, which started on June 10, tells Kunal’s story of love, heartbreak in the hands of his beloved Tara and their dire consequences. The show’s teaser and trailer went online two weeks ago and were very much appreciated by the young audience.
Samit has previously directed films such as Ashcharya Chak It, Aayna Ka Bayna and Half Ticket, all of which were delighted by audiences for their technical brilliance and extremely realistic narrative. The filmmaker chose Indori Ishq to jump into the space of finite shows in the OTT realm, drenching it with heartbreaking pain and extreme emotions presented in a raw form, and employing indie music to get to the point.
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The writer-director-producer, who has a two-film deal with filmmaker Sanjay Gupta’s company, says: “There is no storyteller in the country who is not charmed by digital platforms. One of my previous films, Ashcharya Chak It, was a direct-to-digital release on Netflix when people were familiar with the idea of viewing content on platforms in India. As a filmmaker, I’ve honed the art of writing stories in an edgy and realistic style – the emotions, the pain, the joys are as real as it gets. With Indori Ishq, I was able to immerse myself in the psyche of a young couple, which I enjoyed. I had a great time filming this show in Mumbai and Indore, exploring untapped places with an extremely dedicated team. We had extensive schedules and tapped into both cities in unprecedented shades. “
Samit’s previous films, Aayna Ka Bayna and Half Ticket, have toured numerous prestigious film festivals and received many awards, including the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 57th Zlin International Film Festival 2017. The filmmaker is about to film his first Hindi film launch Over the next several months, he’s also been adding the finishing touches to his upcoming Marathi project 36 Gunn, a real-life experiential film, with a passionate crew of nine in Central London, York, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Mumbai.
Watch Indori Ishq’s trailer here:
When asked what drives him to choose such diametrically different projects each time that lead to a repertoire that can only be defined with the word unique, Samit says: “I’ve never been someone who chases money. When I dip my fingers in so many different cakes it’s because I love the contents that I have on hand. I enjoy the process of bringing stories to life without compromising on quality, tonality and technique. Whether it’s Indori Ishq, my previous films, or my next films – two in Hindi and one in Marathi – what has worked in my favor is that I don’t use any crutches. I think and act independently and do the right thing for the project. I grew up believing that there is no better film school than a set and post production where you really learn how to bring a story to life. My father paved the way for me years ago when he started creating experimental content in his workspace. I strive to ensure that the same quality drives my business, Samit Kakkad Films. “