Director Krishna Bhatt who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming Web series ‘Maaya 2’ has said that there is nothing bold and challenging for her to do next than to do ‘Maaya 2’.
When asked Krisha what prompted her to direct ‘Maaya 2’, she said, “When I heard the idea of making Web series on lesbian love-stories, I was blown as I wasn’t sure whether we will be able to make Web series of it and will audience will be able to accept it but when I gave 10 minutes of thought to it and I thought there was no better than this to tell because we have watched lots of rom-com stories and we have made lot of jokes on LGBT community. We have made fun and frolic stories on them but there is never been a sensitive love-story about two people in love who are women so, I thought there is nothing bold and challenging for me to do next than to do ‘Maaya 2’.”
‘Maaya 2’ revolves around lesbian love story so when asked Krishna Bhatt whether Indian audience are ready for watching lesbian love stories, she said, “No. I don’t think it’s bold for Indian audiences because I think we underestimate Indian audiences. They are not stupid, backward or orthodox that we think that they are not ready for all this. They are actually very ready. The comments which I have read on YouTube for our show, they are so encouraging. There are so many people who want to talk about this openly but they cannot so, I think it’s not too bold. I think we don’t underestimate how intelligent Indian audiences are”
When asked Krisha Bhatt whether she was inspired by Deepa Mehta’s film ‘Fire’ which also revolved around lesbian love story, she said, “No.. I wasn’t inspired by anything except the fact that two people can be in love no matter who and what they are. You should not make a definition of normal based on what you think is normal. Love is love no matter with whom, when and where”
When asked Vikram Bhatt how he influenced to make lesbian love stories as normally he is known for exploring horror genre, he said, “I don’t know what should I do as I have been known for making horror film only but if you see our app ‘VB On the Web’ then you will realize, we haven’t explored horror genre on it. ‘Untouchables’ was court-room drama. We have made two seasons of ‘Maaya’ and two seasons of ‘Twisted’ so, as a director, I might be interested in making horror films but on my app, we give opportunity to directors to make different kind of stuff so each of them has different interests and I feel we have created app for all kind of audience and not for a specific section of audience”
Revolving around two main characters Simmi and Ruhi, Maaya is the story of acceptance of one’s sexuality. Starring two reputable television faces, Leena Jumani from Kumkum Bhagya and Priyal Gor, the story revolves around Simmi who’s a closeted lesbian woman engaged to a man hiding away from her truth and Ruhi, a far more liberal out of the closet girl.
The second season of the show will premiere on VB on the Web on 30th May.