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'Making out with Sarah was like doing an action scene with John Abraham'


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They don't deny the allure of the big screen, with each having Bollywood films to his/her credit. But graduating to the digital platform is a natural transition for Sarah-Jane Dias and Tahir Raj Bhasin - the latter even points out how "everyone is gravitating towards the web series." Excited about their new show on Voot, Time Out, the duo talks about working together and the exacting nature of the digital medium.

Edited excerpts from the interview:

What made you give your nod to Time Out?
Sarah: I got a call about auditioning for the project. When I met Danish [Aslam, director] and auditioned with Tahir, it sealed the deal for me. Tahir: I took it up because I wanted to work with Danish Aslam. Plus, the concept - talking about what happens after the happily-ever-after - appealed to me. Also, webisodes are the cool thing these days.

Sarah-Jane Dias and Tahir Bhasin and
Sarah-Jane Dias and Tahir Bhasin and

Right. Do you think they will outshine cinema?
Sarah: I think they will share equal importance. Cinema is everlasting.

The story of Time Out seems familiar to Farhan Akhtar–Vidya Balan's Shaadi Ke Side Effects.
Tahir: It deals with relationships. That would be the only common factor between the show and the movie.

How was the experience of working with each other?
Sarah: Tahir is a thinking actor. He compels you to question any interpretation you had of a scene and makes you think about it in another way. We did a lot of workshops, and it was annoying that he never forgot his lines (laughs). Over and above, he has a great sense of humour. Tahir: She is particular about certain things. If someone gives her a script, she will scribble her name on the page and underline important things. She's a good girl, like the teacher's pet. I also love her commitment to fitness. If the call time is 9 am, she would wake up early and go to the gym.

Can you higlight some of the challenges you faced while shooting?
Sarah: Shooting a web series is strenuous because you don't have the luxury of time. It's like shooting an entire feature film. Trying to jump between so many different emotions in a restricted period can be demanding.
Tahir: I had to make out with Sarah. Given the environment, it's as hard as doing an action scene with John Abraham. You are supposed to get intimate, but it is an impersonal scenario where 50 people are watching you. It's a choreographed stunt, which reminded me of an action scene. So, I have a newfound respect for actors who pull off such scenes effortlessly.

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