Social stars Abdul Razzak, Moin Khan on performing in digital space, working with Rana Daggubati
The cast of Viu's latest digital series, Social, is currently basking in the glory of their intriguing show which has captivated viewers nationwide. Directed by Shashi Sudigala, the show features young actors Abdul Razzak and Moin Khan in crucial roles who offer a healthy dose of humor laced with typical Hyderabadi culture.
Available on Viu, the first ever bilingual social media thriller directed by Shashi Sudigala, revolves around the lives of four individuals played by Naveen Kasturia, Priya Banerjee, Moin and Abdul. We caught up with the trending actors to discuss their latest projects and how social media is the crux of their show.
1. When did you begin your acting career? Could you explain?
Abdul: Since childhood, I wanted to try my skills in acting but it never really worked out. I started my journey in acting when i was 18 years old with a theatre group calles ‘Koshish Theatre’ in old city Charminar. I trained thoroughly and eventually performed in various riveting plays like Rikshe Wale Ka Sapna and Biryani Aur Haleem. My career in the film industry started with Leeches, a National Award-winning short film by Payal Sethi. Since then, I have worked in multiple short films and The Ghazi Attack by Sankalp Reddy.
Moin: I grew up in Eluru and studied at CR Reddy college where revered stars like Krishna, SS Rajamouli, Ramya Krishna, Kota Srinivasarao and Murali Mohan are part of the alumni. I was deeply inspired by them throughout my college life. After completing my education, I started my journey in the industry and debuted with Prema Ishq Kadhal which led to my break in the hit Cheekati Rajyam, featuring Kamal Hassan.
2. What is your character about in Social?
Abdul: I am playing the role of Chaand, a typical old city guy who owns a hardware store. He dreams of moving to Dubai but doesn't have the money or verified documents to apply for a visa. So he takes Neelesh’s (played by Moin Khan) help who promises to sponsor Chaand only if he helps in finding the missing girl. Reluctant but intuitive, Chaand is a loud and humourous.
Moin: In Social, I am playing Neelesh, a local Hyderabdi guy with a dream of becoming a legend in the social media technology industry like Vikram Sampath (portrayed by Rana Daggubati in the series). When his childhood friend’s sister goes missing, he gives his all to help find Veda. The character comes with a fair dose of humour and is always trying to impress the lovely Myra (portrayed by Priya Banerjee) with cheesy acts.
3. Abdul, you have worked with Rana in The Ghazi Attack before. How was your experience working with him again?
Abdul: Rana Daggubati makes people around him very comfortable and welcomed. Coincidentally, this is my second project with him and he always ensures that he creates a very healthy environment that helps everyone focus on delivering the best the script deserves.
4. Moin, This is your third web series with VIU. How has your experience been so far?
Moin: It has been a great experience working with Viu. I have previously worked with Viu on Pilla and Pelli Gola in great roles that allowed me a lot of creative exposure in the industry. It is also good to be a part of such amazing contemporary content by Viu that the masses can connect with. I hope my creative journey with Viu is a long one.
5. Apart from 'Social', what are your current projects?
Abdul: I am currently working on two bilingual films and two bilingual web series. My YouTube channel Real Hyderabadiz is also keeping me quite busy.
7. What are your future plans?
Abdul: The goal is to be part of projects that the viewers cherish and connect with. I also want to connect mainstream Bollywood to local Hyderabad as I am sure people will love it!
Moin: The ultimate goal is to become a versatile actor and showcase a diverse body of work to my audience.