“I tried a little bit of everything like I helped my sister in cooking. She didn’t allow me to do it, but I cleaned my closet. I kept my room really neat and clean. I guess that counts. I decorated my Christmas tree with my sister,” she quipped. Spending time with family, of course, makes it to her good memories list.
“I got to spend a lot of time with my family. I got to watch a lot of movies and do a lot of stuff,” she said. The time off made her binge-watch shows on OTT. “I finished watching ‘Mirzapur’, both the seasons, in three days. I was obsessed with it. I think it’s such a cool show. It’s so well shot and all the performances are amazing,” said the actor.
“I also watched ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story’, which I thought was really interesting. Pratik Gandhi and Shreya Dhanwanthary’s performances were amazing,” she added. Another show that she simply loved was Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives, which revolves around the day-to-day lives of Bollywood wives including her mom Bhavana Pandey, who is actor Chunky Panday’s wife. “I was in the show and I thought that when it would come, I wouldn’t watch it, but I couldn’t stop watching it. I binge-watched it in one night. It was really fun,” she said.
Ananya’s upcoming films include an untitled Deepika Padukone co-starrer directed by Shakun Batra, and Puri Jagannadh’s directorial with Vijay Deverakonda. She wouldn’t mind doing a web series. “I watched a lot of content online. There is so much freedom to tell different stories, so I would love to do something like a web show. I am just waiting for the right one,” she said.
With cinema halls shut during a lockdown, her film Khaali Peeli got a digital release. “The initial reaction was… we were definitely disappointed because we wanted to watch it on the big screen and wanted others to watch it in theatres as well. But we understood the situation too. As long as people are getting to watch it, even if it’s at home, it’s fine for us. We just want people to watch the film,” she said.
“You get to see so many amazing performances and different kinds of stories on OTT, so I feel that it has its own space,” she said. “But I don’t think anything can ever replace the feeling of walking into a dark theatre, eating popcorn and sharing that collective experience like when there’s something funny, everyone laughs together, when there’s something sad, everyone cries together.
I don’t think that feeling can ever be replaced. I really miss that. I want to go back to theatres once it’s safe,” she shared. The young actor feels there is room for both – OTT and films – to co-exist. “Both make me equally excited,” she said.