20 October, 2020

‘Why Must The Protagonist Always Win?’

‘Why Must The Protagonist Always Win?’

Dibya Chatterjee, co-writer of the black comedy Afsos, in conversation with Lachmi Deb Roy

What is Afsos about?

It is the story of a man who wants to die, but is unable to because he might be immortal. The germ of the idea was to write a story where nobody gets what they want. Anirban Dasgupta (co-creator, writer) and I used to often discuss why people don’t write stories about the loser—why is it necessary for the protagonist to win at the end of every story? In real life, that’s not the case.

Where did you get the idea from?

I got it from a Bengali novel, Golper Goru Chaande, which means a cow can be on the moon in a story. Everyone who has watched the show should read the book.

How did you choose the cast of Afsos?

We were sure of Gulshan Devaiah as Nakul ever since we started writing. The...



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