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Angad Bedi: Did five days of mime workshops

Updated on: 26 September,2022 07:53 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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With The List depicting how our lives have become mechanical, Angad Bedi discusses his prep to pull off the robotic act

Angad Bedi: Did five days of mime workshops

Angad Bedi

The List, which dropped online over the weekend, has a simple premise — through the lead couple essayed by Angad Bedi and Kirti Kulhari, it shows how people are so busy in the rat race that they have adopted a mechanical and mundane life devoid of any emotions. While writer-director Gaurav Dave’s script immediately caught Bedi’s attention, the actor says it was far from easy to translate the thought on screen. 

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To make the process easier, the director set the film’s tone by having an unadorned set-up. “You won’t see any painting, or the couple’s pictures anywhere [in the frame]. It’s all futuristic where the couple does not need to make memories as everything is available digitally. The only painting is of Charlie Chaplin, the master of silences. Silence is integral to the movie. There are no dialogues in half the film,” says Bedi.

He reveals that the actors had to undergo workshops to pull off the robotic act in the Amazon Mini TV short film. “In the film, we had to socialise with a straight face, and even dance like that. We did five days of workshops where we had to mime instead of showing emotions. For instance, as an exercise, I had to make a smoothie without looking at the ingredients, and while maintaining a straight face. I come from a Punjabi family, and have colour in my personality. But here, we had to wear a sanitised look,” he says. In keeping with the theme, the characters’ outfits too are monochromatic.

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