Tamannaah Bhatia: I'm not your typical web consumer
As a web consumer, actor Tamannaah Bhatia says she has a "short attention span," something which helps her stay attuned to the needs and expectations of the audiences. And, it was the engaging script of the upcoming Tamil crime thriller November Story that attracted her to the seven-episode series. Here are more details on this.
I had been listening to a lot of scripts: Tamannaah
"Pre-COVID-19, I was listening to (the scripts of) a lot of web shows because I was interested in exploring the webspace. But I'm not your typical web consumer because I have a very short attention span," said Tamannaah. "If I'm watching a series, I'll either shut it in 15 minutes or finish the whole thing," Tamannaah said in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.
The actor plays a girl next door in 'November Story'
In the Disney+ Hotstar VIP show, the 31-year-old actor plays Anuradha, an ethical hacker. After she finds her crime novelist father Ganesan (GM Kumar), who has Alzheimer's, with the dead body of a woman in their abandoned house, Anuradha claims his innocence and embarks on a journey to unveil the truth. Tamannaah describes her character as an "authentic" girl next door.
Webspace is all about two things: Tamannaah
There are two things that matter in webspace. "Firstly, you have to connect with the protagonist. You should want the people to go through with you on that journey. Secondly, you have to be intrigued about what's going to happen next," she said.
Tamannaah believes crime stories work well in digital space
"For us content creators, we need to make sure that you want to watch the next episode. You need to get hooked on to the characters or the narrative, otherwise, people will lose track," she said. While the Mumbai-born actor said she is not an avid fan of the whodunnit formula, she believes crime stories work well in digital space.
'Was on board from the moment I heard the script'
The series is helmed by Ram Subramanian and produced by Ananda Vikatan Group, and Tamannaah said she was on board right from the moment the director narrated the story. "When Ram came along, I didn't know what to expect because he had not done any work before. But he was the writer of this web show and Anand Vikatan produced it," she recalled.
Want to give my audience more universal content: Tamannaah
"I'm really changing myself as a performer. I'm trying to move away from what I've done before, not because I'm not happy with what it was, but because I have already done that. I also want to give my audience the content that is more universal," she said. Tamannaah said she is happy that November Story is a valuable addition to her filmography.
'November Story' will also release in Hindi and Telugu
"The language barrier is getting a lot more blurred than it was before," she said. Slated to start streaming from May 20 on Disney+ Hotstar VIP, the series also stars Pasupathy, Aruldass, and Vivek Prasanna. November Story will also be released in Hindi and Telugu.