Starring Kay Kay Menon in the lead role, ‘Special OPS 1.5’ examines the origin story of Menon’s Himmat Singh and how he came up in the intelligence agency R&AW. In an exclusive chat with News24, the actor finally revealed the secret behind the 1.5 and not 2.0 in the name of the series.
New Delhi: Starring Kay Kay Menon in the lead role, ‘Special OPS 1.5’ examines the origin story of Menon’s Himmat Singh and how he came up in the intelligence agency R&AW. In an exclusive chat with News24, the actor finally revealed the secret behind the 1.5 and not 2.0 in the name of the series.
The Neeraj Pandey series dropped its first season in 2020, days before the lockdown came into effect, and soon became one of the most engaging Hindi web series in the Indian OTT space.
Menon replied with utmost confidence: “Kyunki iss baar dedh-guna maza aane wala hai (Because this time, viewers will have 1.5 times the fun than the last time). Do guna maza, agle part mein (two times the fun in the next part.). This will keep the fans connected and curious for the next part.”
Talking about his script selection, Kay Kay said, “What I see in a script is ‘ruchi’ (interest). I never take a script to snatch a part from anyone; have never done it. As an artist, if I like the role, the script, I take it. When I heard ‘Special OPS’, I was shocked that such an issue will be raised on an OTT platform and I was super happy. This is why I immediately took it up.”
About his character in the series, ‘Himmat Singh’, Menon said, “I brought my real emotions out, connected to my youth. I have also lost a bit of weight for the character. The best part is that less work was required to show me in my older avatar as I presented myself the way I am now!”
When asked about the comparison with foreign-produced series, Kay Kay quipped: “This is something that only those people think who analyse a lot. In total there are only 8 concepts in India, the way you present them has to be different. There are many love stories, right? But, the way we show it is different every time. The same is with spy series; people are doing it, but the plots, twists are different. In our’s as well, the story is quite different and I really hope that everyone will like it. “
Kay Kay turned down putting a finger on his “favourites”. “It has always been very difficult for me to answer these questions. Favourite, best, special, most favorite… I don’t have just one actually! I have a broad spectrum, not a narrow one. I like many actors, series, movies, as everyone has a different story, a different character. ”
Talking about shooting during the lockdown and following COVID19 protocols, the actor said that it was difficult, but the production managed well and completed the shoot with best efforts. Also, he revealed that he loves ‘Virtual Promotions.’ He doesn’t like to go from studio to studio as the Mumbai roads are chock-a-block and it wastes a lot of time in traffic.
“Enjoying them a lot as have to be at one place and promote the projects. In Mumbai, traffic is bad and the studio-to-studio drive is literally hell. Here, we are saving time and having a good conversation with you without any problems or distraction.”
“The way you loved the first season, give the same love to this one as well. As, this season brings many new twists, many new plots and it will amaze the audience and hoping that everyone will love it for sure,” he concluded.
Special Ops 1.5 starts streaming on Disney+ Hotstar from November 12th, 2021.
first published:Nov. 2, 2021, 6:04 p.m.