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Sushmita Sen is lockdown specialist

Ram Madhavni’s ‘Aarya’ has emerged as one of the most gripping crime thrillers. An official adaptation of the hit Dutch series ‘Penoza’, the Sushmita Sen-starrer is returning with its second season.

The lead character will become more fierce after spiralling into dark alleys of the crime world. Interestingly, both the seasons were shot during the pandemic with the entire crew shielding themselves inside a bio-bubble.

Sushmita recently spoke about the experience of working during lockdowns and how everyone pulled off both the seasons with clinical precision, she said, “We’ve become lockdown specialists now! We either release during a lockdown or shoot during it, that’s our new thing. When we completed the shoot for ‘Aarya 2’, on our farewell, we said how blessed we were to be working during the pandemic.”

She credits the incredible teamwork behind the successful culmination, as she adds, “There were so many people who had to sit at home, but this is also a nice culmination of teamwork. We had Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani, the entire crew and the cast together. Everyone just pulled in following the rules and making it possible.”

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Sharing her experience of working in a bio-bubble, the actor says, “My God! The very definition of a bubble is now etched in my mind forever. For any crew member to work in a PPE kit, covered from head to toe for 10 hours a day is seriously tough.”

She says that “constant tests” and living away from family “initially seemed difficult” but, soon they got acclimatised to the process. She says, “In the bigger picture, we were full of gratitude to be working at such a time and being able to create something that you love. I mean ‘Aarya’ Season 2 is a big leap from the first season.”

“So, working during the lockdown period was amazing, we had to shoot in Jaipur which is Aarya’s hometown and of course patchwork was executed in Mumbai, so our schedule was executed pretty much through the lockdown,” the actor concludes.

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