‘Hostel Daze’ season 1 managed to take the OTT platforms by storm after its premiere in 2019 and now season two of the Amazon Prime Video original is getting positive responses, too. The comedy-drama starring Adarsh Gourav, Ahsaas Channa, Ayushi Gupta, Luv, Shubham Gaur, and Nikhil Vijay in the lead roles, has immediately struck a chord with the young audience and their unvoiced struggles.
The show revolves around four friends and their first year in college. Ahaas and Ayushi who play the character of Akanksha and Nabomita in the show respectively, share some behind-the-shoot fun, their instant connection, and their own hostel life memories.
Opoyi: How much do you relate with your characters
Ahsaas: I don’t want to reveal much about the character because there are a lot of surprise elements to it but there are definitely some instances where I read the script and I was like ‘ I get what she is saying’. But I feel Akanksha is much cooler than Ahsaas. Akanksha is somebody I aspire to be as she is more confident and fun. I think she is cooler than Ahsaas for sure.
Ayushi: I don’t think I can really relate to Nabobita’s character. She is a really different kind of person with very different fears and life choices. But I can relate to her when it comes to emotions because there are certain emotions that you pick up. There are some aspects of Nabomita that are really bad and I was like I would never be able to do this.
Opoyi: The weirdest thing you did during your hostel days
Ahsaas: I have never been to a hostel in my life but while doing the show, I was able to experience some of these things and live a hostel life. Having said that, what I actually remember is that I always feared going to the hostel because my sister had gone to a hostel. When I used to do something wrong, my mom used to tell me that ‘ tune yeh kiya toh mein tujhe hostel bhej dungi’ . I always feared going to the hostel because for me, it was like a jail for some reason but now that I actually watch these shows and I have been part of these shows, I realize that it’s a whole different experience and wonderful life.
Ayushi: I did my engineering but I didn’t go to the hostel because it was in Pune where I am from and I really have close friends in the hostel. Also, in Pune you wear a scarf and cover all your face when you are on the bike and that’s how you used to enter the hostel so yeah.
Opoyi: For Ahsaas, being a child actor, do you have an edge over other young stars?
Ahsaas: This is something I have never given a thought. I forget that I have worked in the past or I have been working since a young age. Any project or whatever I do, I have a different approach towards it. I am as nervous as anybody else is. I am trying to do my best. I am always impressed by others.
Opoyi: The first person in the team with whom you connected instantly
Ahsaas: The reason I connected with this person is that I have known him for a very long time. I have worked with Adarsh in the past so that connection was there only. Even in the first season, I was shooting, I think he was the only person I was close to but here I got a chance to connect with everybody. Ayushi and I have had the maximum time so after Adarsh, Ayushi is somebody I connected with really well.
Ayushi: It’s uncanny but I think the answer is the same. Ahsaas and I got to spend a lot of time together so that was a lot of fun. We were chilling in vanity together for a lot of time so I was like what a cutie.