Tanya Maniktala, who had two simultaneous releases last weekend – Feels Like Ishq (Netflix) and Chutzpah (Sony LIV). Detailing more about her role in Sony LIV web show Chutzpah, where she plays Shikha who’s in a long-distance relationship with Vikas (Varun Sharma), Tanya said, “Chutzpah is a very unique concept. It is a show about the new age digital world, and how this long-distance couple braves through it after the internet joins them as a third party.”
Chutzpah has Tanya doing a lot of crazy things while seducing her partner virtually to keep the spark alive in her relationship. Tanya agreed that she was a bit uncomfortable doing all those things on screen. “I laughed and thought they were joking. But Simarpreet Singh (director) was adamant in pushing me out of my comfort zone. It is a very important part of keeping the relationship alive and from going monotonous, especially if you’re in a long-distance relationship where you lose that close proximity with your partner. It was tough for me, I won’t lie. I did feel a little uncomfortable. But the team made me so comfortable. This time I was in for a challenge and I’m so glad I did that.” Tanya added that though she did not get to physically share screen space with co-star Varun Sharma, real-life zoom calls with him became an icebreaker and that rapport got reflected on screen too. “We all know the potential of Varun as an actor. He’s such a nice human being. So, whatever limited zoom interactions we had, we’d always be laughing and having a great time. That’s how we hit it off and kind of build on our chemistry,” Tanya said.
Tanya’s character in Feels Like Ishq is poles apart from Shikha. The actor says she’s lucky to have had two releases on the same day on different platforms. “In Feels Like Ishq “, you’ll see a different shade of Tanya. Meher is a young student who’s very vocal about her beliefs. It’s a story that’s set in a protest and centered around the theme of love. I feel very vulnerable towards both Shikha and Meher. I’ve given a part of myself to them and I love them both dearly,” Tanya shared.
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