Expiry Date is the latest web-series in the town. Madhu Shalini has played a key role in the thriller that also features Sneha Ullal, Tony Luke and Ali Reza. Directed by Shankar K Marthand, it has been produced by NorthStar Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
The Telugu-Hindi bilingual show is currently streaming on ZEE5. The Telugu version released on October 9, a week after the Hindi version’s release on October 2. Madhu Shalini expresses her happiness with the web-series drawing applause all over.
“Since most of the artistes and technicians are from south India, it was perceived by many that it’s a southern series. But those who have watched the Hindi version are finding it to be ‘beyond south Indian’,” shares Madhu when asked about the feedback she received for the series.
Talking about her role, Madhu shares, “I play a woman named Sunitha, who enters the scene in the fifth episode. She is always conscious of what the society might think if she does or doesn’t do something. This is a one-of-its-kind role for me. I have never played such a role in the past. It felt new to play the role.”
“Sunitha is quite unlike how I am in real life. I watched a number of web series as part of homework for the role. I referenced not only female but also male characters,” she adds.
Crux of ‘Expiry Date’
The series mainly revolves around a married man who discovers his wife is cheating on him and accidentally kills her — what ensues is a series of unexpected plot twists. “The story is totally fresh. Four different characters come to cross paths with one another. The narration is quite gripping, thanks to director Shankar Marthand. He has narrated the various relationships quite well,” shares Madhu adding that the series has a high chance of a sequel.
Shooting during pandemic
With the industry is slowly getting back to the new normal, and shootings being scheduled, actors are back on sets while adhering to the safety precautions but yet on a fearful note.
“It was nice working with all the artistes. Tony Luke has worked in Hindi and Malayalam in the past. As Vishwa, he is realistic.
We used to discuss every scene before giving a take. I don’t have many scenes with Sneha Ullal. Ali Reza is quite natural. We were gearing up for the last schedule when the industry-wide lockdown was announced in March. Tony was stuck in Kochi, while Sneha remained in Mumbai. The last schedule was shot with a lot of caution and a sense of fear about coronavirus. We took all care of ourselves,” says Madhu.
“Every relationship comes with an ‘expiry date’. The title of the web series doesn’t signify just the end of a relationship but a lot of stuff that happens in our lives. Every character has got a certain start and an end in the story. That’s why the title,” concludes the actor.
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