Actor Emraan Hashmi, who made his Digital debut with Bard of Blood, has responded to critics panning the Netflix series and said the aim for the series was to connect with the majority. Emraan included in the thriller close by Shobhita Dhulipala and Vineet Kumar Singh. It was directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and depended on Bilal Siddiqui’s book by a similar name.
Talking with Mid Day in a meeting, Emraan stated, “One has to understand the agenda behind the show. It was made to penetrate into the mass segments while maintaining international standards. Because of this brief, there was exposition in the show, which didn’t sit well with the elite audience. Only five percent of the audience shot holes in the series.
If we would have tried to appease them, we would have lost the masses. If we [designed it] to appease the metro audience, we’d lose out on a major chunk of, say, North India. Netflix doesn’t give out numbers, but they are happy to have penetrated into segments that they weren’t able to, six months back.”
“As an audience, I genuinely liked the show. The [initial] work has begun. We don’t have a date yet, but we’ll probably start shooting sometime mid-next year. The first season was entirely inspired from Bilal’s [Siddiqi] book. But now, we will go beyond the book, using the cliffhanger of the final episode as our cue,” he included.