New Delhi, Feb 09 (PTI) Actor Kunal Nayyar says his latest series “Suspicion” makes a social commentary on how certain individuals are spotlighted because of social media, a phenomenon that often makes him anxious.
Nayyar, best known for playing Raj Koothrappali in the classic sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” said social media provides good entertainment, but it’s a tool that should be used responsibly.
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“I definitely have some anxiety when it comes to social media and I at least try to do my best to make sure I use it for good. And then another part is that I also like to post selfies when I’m looking good.
“It’s like this very fine line between being kind of a voyeurist, but also wanting to do something good for society. I’m not saying one has a better idea than the other. There’s a certain pleasure that also comes from social media. But there should also be some responsibility so that the two can go hand in hand. That’s definitely a question I constantly ask myself and more,” Nayyar told PTI in an interview. Zoom.
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“Suspicion,” which debuted on the Apple TV Plus streamer with its first two episodes last week, follows five people – three men and two women – as their lives are turned upside down after being identified as possible suspects by police. of London in the kidnapping.
Nayyar stars as Adesh Chopra, a cybersecurity expert who yearns for a better life but is forced to work at his father-in-law’s company. He is one of five suspects identified in the case.
The 40-year-old actor said the show deals with a variety of contemporary issues, including class disparity and the power of social media.
“There’s definitely an element of the little guys versus the big guys, which is why it’s so powerful. There’s also an element of the power of social media and how viral videos can change your life from day to day. the following day.
“(In the show), these people go from unknown to literally becoming celebrities for being involved in a kidnapping. That means they’re famous for doing something illegal,” he added.
His co-star Elizabeth Henstridge, who appears on the show as Tara McAllister, an Oxford professor who also becomes a suspect, thinks “Suspicion” also deals with the issue of surveillance.
“You can feel quite helpless at times. There are laws being passed and you have no idea. When you realize that London is the most surveilled city in the world, and you say to yourself, ‘I lived here for a while.’ Personally, it doesn’t fit into my life, I don’t want to have my breakfast worrying about it.
“And I think for me, something that really drew me to this show is that we kind of meet people who are trying to do something about it,” she said.
Actor Tom Rhys Harries, who stars Eddie Walker on the show, added that the show asks broader questions about society on a “micro-level”.
“What I love about the show is that it asks you a lot of questions on a micro level, just about these characters in the world they inhabit. Hopefully that translates into macro questions about the world we live in and how they are applicable and relevant to society as a whole,” he said.
What the actor liked most about the series was the social commentary that was woven into its basic plot.
“Social commentary is sort of intertwined throughout the show and that’s definitely what interests me the most. Holding people in power accountable is very prevalent, while it also deals with how you are reviled by one sector of society and idolized by the other,” Harry added.
“Suspicion,” a show directed by Rob Williams, also stars Uma Thurman, Noah Emmerich, Georgina Campbell, Elyes Gabel and Angel Coulby.
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