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How Mrinal Dutt shot for Arati Kadav's 55km/sec

The upcoming sci-fi story also stars Richa Chadha 

Published: 06th January 2021

Actor Mrinal Dutt stars in Cargo director Arati Kadav's next 55km/sec. Mrinal, who is known for his work in Pawan and Pooja, Upstarts and Cold Lassi Aur Chicken Masala, will appear alongside Richa Chadha in the film. 

55km/sec is a sci-fi story, which revolves around a time just before a meteor is hurled towards Earth. The story explores human connections in times of distress.

Mrinal says, "Working in 55km/sec has been an amazing experience. The film was purely done under lockdown. It was shot at different locations around where I live. I had to execute the entire film all by myself. A friend helped me shoot it virtually. It was done during the first stage of lockdown when we had no idea where all this was headed. We shot the film remotely and worked on the character and did readings quite extensively."

He goes on to add, "Arati and I wanted to do something together for some time and then Richa also joined us. Arati is a great mind and a wonderful director and Richa is a great co-star to work with. I wish we had scenes in person but whatever we did was amazing. It became an enriching process. I really enjoyed playing this part."

Elaborating on his character, he adds, "I play a guy who is very withdrawn from the world, reticent and fatalistic in nature. He is someone who sees the world crumbling down. It was very interesting to play this part as Suraj (the character) has lost all hope in humanity. We, as human beings, have a very subjective view of everything..and more often than not function for our betterment and that is where it gets chaotic."

Talking about Mrinal's character, Arati says, "For this role, specifically, we wanted someone to portray the emotions well, without being gimmicky. As the world ends, Suraj is initially a detached observer, yet there are parts of him that hurt, the bleak landscape outside mirrors something within him. I really felt that Mrinal could bring it out the best."

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