Filmmaker Ram Madhvani says he was constantly on his toes while working on the second season of his hit show Aarya as he didn’t want to “disappoint” fans.
The Disney+ Hotstar drama, featuring Sushmita Sen in the titular role, is created by Madhvani and Sandeep Modi. It is an official remake of the popular Dutch crime-drama Penoza. The Indian adaptation revolves around Aarya Sareen (Sen), a happily married woman whose world turns upside down when her husband, pharma baron Tej Sareen (Chandrachur Singh) is shot dead.
The first season, which released in June 2020, amassed praise for its taut narrative and performances.
Madhvani said creating the world of Aarya for the upcoming second edition was a no mean task, given the challenges he faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were always on our toes especially during scripting, shooting, editing, etc. Filmmaking is about choices. Like, the choices that you make, you have to question yourself, is this correct, will people like it? All these things become questionable especially when you have the burden of success,” Madhvani said.
“In filmmaking and in life nothing is a cakewalk, everything is a struggle. There was COVID-19 difficulty, safety was one big issue and apart from that, we have new characters in season two, so to integrate that has its own challenges,” he added.