Cyrus Sahukar stars in SonyLIV’s upcoming family drama Potluck, starring Jatin Syal, Kitu Gidwani, Shikha Talsania, Harman Singha, Saloni Khanna and Siddhant Karnik in lead roles. The show chronicles the lives of the grieving, yet healthy Shastri family, who come together after their father suffers a heart attack. However, there’s more to it than meets the eye, and parents are hiding a big secret from their kids.
In conversation with News18, Cyrus opened up about the interesting premise of the show, what her character brings to the table and her experience reuniting with Ira Dubey after 2010’s cult favorite Aisha.
Talking about getting on board for Potluck, he said, “It’s one of those stories that doesn’t have a big plot. Dramas are interesting because they are a piece of life, a part of our existence. There are a lot of shows where a huge storm is brewing and people randomly die. And then there are other shows that are based on life and everyday events. It is one of those shows which follows the day-to-day ups and downs of the Shastri family.”
He added, “I thought it would be fun to work with these people. I had worked with Ira Dubey in the past and I thought it would be great to work with them again. We did a bio-bubble in Delhi after the pandemic. I think it helped the cast get to know each other better. During the last year, I shot two shows in Bio-Bubble. I must say, it’s a completely different vibe ‘
Talking about his character in the show, the actor said, “I am playing the character of Vikrant, who is the eldest son of Kitu Gidwani and Jatin Syal. He is a man who knows exactly what he wants, just what he wants doesn’t always bode well for his father. His father is more of a straight-up, corporate man who did what he did his whole life. Vikrant wanted to do things a little differently. He didn’t want to take up a job and wanted to invest in a start-up. When the start-up started doing well, he decided not to expand his business because he had twins and wanted to spend time with them because he felt that his father was not there for him. So the thing with Vikrant is that he has never been the great son his father wanted him to be. So he is a person who is always fighting for his personality in a subtle way.
“The constant fight is not to let anyone down, but it’s not like he cares too much about it. I found this role very interesting because he is who he is when the parents are fighting. Same goes for the individual. I think it’s a good role reversal when, as an older child, he becomes the parent’s parent.”
One of the most exciting facts about the show for fans is that Cyrus and Ira also play a couple in the potluck. In Sonam Kapoor-starrer Ayesha, Cyrus and Ira played Randhir and Pinky, two very unlikely people who eventually fall in love. Talking about her activism, she said, “Ira recently put out a post and in a very cute way she got a lot of messages from so many people around. Randhir Gambhir and Pinky Bose were such a couple that people had a lot of affection for. It was so much fun working with Ira again, in completely different circumstances and in a completely different story. So I hope people like it, I hope they enjoy it.”
Cyrus also saw her career spanning television, films and web shows. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of them and it’s actually very rare to be employed in all these mediums. Sometimes it’s difficult, because they’re really opposing each other in some way or the other. One As the host, it’s all about you. And at times, it’s also about being louder and stronger because you’re the one person running a show. Your totally different set as an actor- There’s the up, you get to play a character. I absolutely enjoy them all. Honestly, if you get into any art-form, you can spend your whole life finding one of them. So at some stage, you’re always the kind of student who has to keep practicing the art. You just have to pray that you keep getting opportunities where you keep getting opportunities where you can play different kinds of things and can do more.”
Potluck streams on SonyLIV from September 10, 2021.