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Film content around marijuana usually turns preachy or belongs to the dark humour category. But debutant director Sugan Jay’s SonyLIV series Accidental Farmer and Co, about a person who accidentally finds marijuana in his land, is an all-out comedy. The series is set in a fictional village called Manmadha Gramam, and the weed sold by the hero goes by the name, Rathi. As you can imagine, director Sugan Jay comes from a family of farmers and is fascinated about agriculture. “I grew up around farms. This series is my attempt at recreating the life of characters I saw while I was a kid,” he says, and clarifies with a laugh that they, of course, were growing legal crops.


Vaibhav, on the other hand, chose this series as it takes him back to the villages after Chennai 600028 II. “The character Chella (protagonist) is innocent and casual, just like my real-life persona. I thought that the writing of Sugan was extremely rooted,” he says. Vaibhav’s Chella ends up accidentally cultivating marijuana on a land he inherits from his grandfather, and the simpleton that he is, sells it as a medicinal herb. For lack of references to base such a unique character on, Vaibhav stuck to following the instructions of the director. “Sugan was particular about what he wanted. Of course, there were some improvisations too. Badava Gopi and I would brainstorm ideas in between to enhance the impact of each scene.”

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