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Netflix, Goa, and a scare fest

‘Typewriter’, a Netfix original series directed by Sujay Ghosh with the storyline based in Goa is set to release on July 19. The series has Palomi Ghosh playing an important role alongside Goa’s own Meenacshi Martins. NT BUZZ gets
you the details

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Staying ahead in the market of entertainment streaming, Netfilx boasts of several originals which have managed to keep viewers fixated to the screen. Goa too has a niche market for this content that includes a large group of youngsters and working population.

On July 19, an original miniseries ‘Typewriter’ directed by Sujoy Ghosh of ‘Kahaani’ fame, and based in Goa, will be released. Ghosh had previously directed a short film ‘Ahalya’ starring Radhika Apte which was well appreciated three years ago.

The horror thriller set in Goa is about a haunted house and a haunted book that captures the imagination of a group of aspirant ghost hunters who want to capture an evil spirit in ‘Bardez Villa’, their neighbourhood.

The series was shot at Vagator, Amona Bridge, Revora, Parsem, at photographer Prasad Pankar’s house, in the Mapusa Market, at a pub on the CHOGM road and several other locations in Goa. However, the ‘Bardez Villa’ that you see in the series is a set that was created in Film City, Mumbai. 

The series stars Palomi Ghosh who was first seen as Donna in ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’, and later in ‘K Sera Sera’. The cast also features Purab Kohli, Sameer Kochhar, Aarna Sharma, Mikhail Gandhi, Palash Kamble, Aaryansh Malviya, and Goa’s very own Meenacshi Martins.

Palomi in conversation with NT BUZZ

Q. It seems like you have a never ending connect with Goa through the silver screen.

(Laughs) Yes I know. What’s with that? In fact, I acted in another short film which was done with the intention of it being made into a film, but it didn’t release. Something or the other keeps taking me to Goa.

Q. So can you tell us about

It’s a Netflix original series which will have five episodes. Alongside the co-stars I worked with, there are four other children also. I was in Goa for a month. We shot across the state as the story is about a Goan family and is extensively about Goa. It is my second movie with Meenacshi Martins and it was exciting to share the screen with her again.

Q. From the first look of the series it seems like ‘Typewriter’ is a horror mystery. Were there challenges this time because of the genre?

Yes, it is a horror mystery. But, I can’t say if it’s difficult or easy to shoot- because it is as it is with every project. And thus the ease and difficulties are there in playing any character, but the good part about this series was that it allowed me to play a wide range of things.

Q. Sujoy Ghosh is a preferred director to work with. What was it like working with him?

He is absolutely great to work with. He is one of the calmest, coolest directors I’ve worked with. One always wishes that they can work with a director of his caliber. When I got this chance I was very glad. He has great clarity in terms of what he wants from his actors.

Q. So what’s next then?

A couple of things actually… I am shooting a film with Drishyam which is called ‘Tryst with Destiny’ that is being directed by Prashant Nair who directed ‘Umrika’ in 2015. And there is another commercial feature film ‘Satellite Shankar’. I am also shooting for a web series right now. It is based on the Mars Mission conducted by the women from ISRO where they put a satellite into Mars.

Q. Post ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’ you decided to also move ahead with singing?

Music is currently thriving parallel to the acting work I am doing. And I am singing more than I was before I did playback for Kajol in the movie ‘Helicopter Eela’. I am currently working on a music project which is a collaboration.

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