Zoya Akhtar's 'Made in Heaven' not a satire on weddings

Friday 01st March 2019 07:26 EST

Zoya Akhtar seems to have moved on from her critical success 'Gully Boy' and is now focused on her project 'Made in Heaven' which had its world premiere at MAMI last week. The filmmaker co-created the Amazon Prime Video's latest India original with longtime collaborator Reema kagti. A Q&A session followed the premiere, during which, Akhtar called it a satire on the “hoopla” around weddings in India.

“It's not as much a satire on marriages as it is on weddings because in India, people give prominence to you wedding day, there's a lot of projection involved. It can be a beautiful and a sacred union if you are with the person you want to spend your life,” Akhtar said. She added, “But I don't understand the hoopla around it. It's behind the scenes for the event that we borrow momney for, go into debt... It's more that than actual marriage.”

The drama reflects the lives of upscale modern India, narrated through the eyes of two wedding planners, set against the backdrop of quintessential Indian weddings in Delhi. The series stars Arjun Mathur, Sobjita, Dhulipala, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghuvanshi. 'Made in Heaven' will be directed by Zoya, Nitya Mehra, Alankrita Shrivastava and Prashant Nair. Shrivastava said working on a series is far “more collaborative” than a film, though at the end of the day it is all about “telling a story to the best of your ability.”

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