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Malayali filmmaker Jay Janardhan’s Australian comedy series ‘Howdy’ is all about multiculturalism

The pilot episode of ‘Howdy’, which options an Australian forged, releases on Zee5 on October 7

The lifetime of an immigrant in Australia is one thing Thiruvananthapuram-born filmmaker Jay Janardhan is aware of by expertise. Having landed in Brisbane in 2002 to review engineering, he has since made the Australian metropolis his base. After working as an engineer there for a number of years, he enrolled within the Queensland Faculty of Movie and Tv to comply with his ardour. Now, Jay’s Australian comedy drama collection Howdy, which revolves across the theme of multi-culturalism, is about to launch on OTT platform Zee5 on October 7.

“Multiculturalism and racial variety are a lot talked-about in Australia, much more so now. Usually, they’re fairly delicate subjects too. Many migrants take their time to get used to the brand new life however it is usually an thrilling part. Howdy makes an attempt a droll tackle this,” says Jay from Thiruvananthapuram.

The collection incorporates a forged based mostly in Australia. “Howdy follows the goof-ups of an area millionaire, performed by theatre actor Shaun King, who loses his fortune and is now down and out. He’s compelled to maneuver in with three migrants and share their frequent residence. One in all them is a Malayali, performed by Thiruvananthapuram-born actor Naveen Simone who’s settled in Brisbane. One other is a Chinese language man and the third, an Afghan. We get to see the huge cultural variations between the characters and the way they address one another,” says Jay.

Jay Janardhan

The script of Howdy, which has eight episodes, is written by Australian creator Dirk Flinthart. Jay says he went for comedy as he felt that it was a superb medium to deal with such a theme.

The taking pictures, carried out completely in Brisbane, had been accomplished final 12 months and Jay moved to Kerala to work on an unbiased Malayalam mission. Then the pandemic struck and the post-production of Howdy was accomplished through the lockdown interval. “That was difficult because the crew had been based mostly in several cities. I used to be in Thiruvananthapuram whereas my editor, Christy Sebastian (Stand-up, Mangalyam Thanthunanena) was in Mumbai,” says Jay.