The world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it’s filled with a murder mystery and a society full of suspects! On this note, Zee 5 announces a web series titled Sunflower, a thriller laced with dark humour, which is set to release on June 11. The title takes its name from the society they live in, but the roles are not so flowery! In other words, there’s much more to it than meets the eye.
With Sunil Grover playing Sonu Singh, who stands out in the trailer, the cast includes the likes of Mukul Chadda, Ranvir Shorey, Ashish Vidyarthi, Girish Kulkarni, Radha Bhatt and Sonal Jha.
While they do not get along on reel – pointing fingers at each other while making the job of inspector Digendra (Ranvir Shorey) and his associate Tambe (Girish Kulkarni) harder – in real life the entire cast enjoyed their time together, be it on the sets or virtually, in what we call a press conference in pandemic times!
“Sunil was the first person to reach the sets and the last one to leave,” comment all. To which Sunil replies, “I like to be on the sets and meet everyone. I miss everyone. We have enjoyed and laughed together. Each one of us is confident about the series and cannot wait to get back on the sets for the second season; only we would not like to jinx it.”
Last seen in LOL-Hasse To Phasse on Amazon Prime video, Sunil has always been admired for his comic timing but his acting prowess in serious roles such as Tandav has landed him with dialogues only he can deliver, such as, “In friendship, no sorry, no thank you and no loans. I have added the last one.”
Written by Vikas Bahl, he has also co-directed the web series with Rahul Sengupta and it would be his next big project after Super 30. He says, “Casting was fun and the most important part in the making of this eight-episode series. Since it is a character-driven plot, we made sure everything fits as the missing pieces of a puzzle. All in all, it is a roller-coaster ride wherein they come together to form a melting pot of weird, yet relatable characters that hold the series together.”
Playing a cop
Adds Girish, “And yet again I was trapped into playing a cop on screen. I still cannot believe that he (Vikas Bahl) talked me into this with the best cliché line ever, ‘that this one is different’. It was after Ugly (2014), that I was typecast into playing a cop, which I consciously refuse now. But, as far as this latest one is concerned, it’s different! You would not find such a police officer in real life. It’s the work of Bahl’s imagination.”
Ranvir Shorey and Girish have worked together in Sacred Games earlier, but did not have any scenes together. Ranvir says, “He was the closest thing to a partner that I have got in the series.”