“It has everything to do with the creative space”

Dibyendu Bhattacharya talks about web series and TV
Dibyendu Bhattacharya Talks ‘Loop Lapeta’, ‘Rocket Boys’ (Photo Credit – Instagram; Poster)

With two of his projects – ‘Looop Lapeta’ (Netflix) and ‘Rocket Boys’ (SonyLIV) – coming out on Friday, Dibyendu Bhattacharya says a web series is more interesting than a TV soap because of the creative freedom it offers each character from the story that neither TV nor a feature film does.

After graduating from the National School of Drama, Divyendu made his film debut with Mira Nair’s “Monsoon Wedding,” followed by roles in “Maqbool,” “Black Friday,” “Dev D.” and ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Doel’.

However, Dibyendu Bhattacharya gained more visibility in the recent past through web series such as ‘Criminal Justice’, ‘Delhi Crime’, ‘Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega’, ‘Lalbazaar’, ‘Mirzapur Season 2’ and ‘Ray’.

Dibyendu Bhattacharya elaborated on his transition, telling IANS: “I think that has everything to do with the creative space. You see, things that you can’t do extensively in a feature film, you get a chance to do them in a web series, but when it comes to TV series, the kind of content created in the recent past, we can see how limited they are as a medium for actors to express themselves.

“I like cinema and theatre. As a theater actor and student of NSD, my approach is different and what I realize is that a web series is an extended version of a well-made movie. That’s why it’s interesting and actors like us get their money’s worth.”

The actor plays an antagonist in the Taapsee Pannu starrer ‘Looop Lapeta’ and also plays a pivotal role in the story in ‘Rocket Boys’. His ‘Rocket Boys’ character, Raza Mehdi, is an amalgamation of the scientists who collaborated with Vikram Sarabhai and Homi J. Bhabha.

“Since it’s a thriller I can’t say much about ‘Looop Lapeta’, but I have to say that ‘Rocket Boys’ is a story worth waiting for. It is based on the life journeys of Vikram Sarabhai and Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, who assisted in space research and nuclear power in India at a time when technology was not so advanced in our country. It is an entertaining story that is also instructive,” said Bhattacharya.

At the same time, Dibyendu Bhattacharya is also shooting for three new seasons of web series — ‘Undekhi’, ‘Jamtara’ and ‘Khuda Hafiz’.

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