Actor Ayush Mehra, who played the protagonist in the latest short film titled “Recommended for You”, says avoiding social media and video game addiction is difficult, especially for young people who live alone and that the problem is real.
The film’s story revolves around a young man who keeps to himself and is quite addicted to video games; One day, he received an online gambling suggestion which he began to enjoy and eventually encountered a frightening experience that changed his outlook on life.
In a chat with IANS, Ayush said, “When I was in college I played a lot of video games, you can tell I was addicted to that.”
“Now, for me, the addiction has gone from video games to TV series, mainly to binge. It’s a real problem, social networks and video games are becoming addictions that we all know. Even if we talk about it and of the importance of social media detox, we can’t stop doing it. It also intensely affects people who are left alone, because there is nothing else to distract you, and social media becomes a best friend in alone time.
The actor has previously appeared and been appreciated for his acting skills in web series such as “Operation MBBS”, “Minus One” and the Netflix series “Call My Agent”, among others.
When asked if the increase in opportunities on OTT is somehow reducing the chances of slice of life movies on the big screen, Ayush explained his thoughts on the matter.
“Yeah, lately most of the movies that have run in theaters are larger than life films than slices of life. And yes, like many aspiring actors, my dream is also to be part of a big budget Bollywood movie. But what kind of film works on what medium totally depends on the times we live in. What currently works on the big screen may well change after 5 years, as the trend keeps changing. So instead of predicting that, I rather take the opportunity to do roles that are difficult; and I hope that one day I will also have my big Bollywood movie! Ayush signed.
“Recommended For You,” directed by Shamik Sen Gupta and produced by Drishyam Films, is streaming on Amazon miniTV.