The second season of the Dice Media show on YouTube Operation MBBS has already garnered a total of over 50 million views and counts, and we are only three episodes. Not surprisingly, given the first season, which came out last year during Lock, with almost 80 million views in its five episodes.
The series follows three friends as they try to navigate the turbulent world of medical college, with many life lessons, crippling pressure and heartfelt friendships along the way. Before the release of season 2, stars Anshul Chauhan, Ayush Mehra and Sarah Hashmi told us about the pressure of the second season and the fight against the pandemic in the show.
What would you say is the challenge to move to the second season? Is there pressure to experience the first season or is it easier now because you know what the show is so you can go straight into it?
Ayush Mehra: This is a little of both. Obviously, there is always the challenge of making it bigger and better. You don’t know what to expect with the first season, but with the second season you already have a built-in fan base. But I think we managed to do it really comfortably this time because there are so many things that happened last year that made us appreciate the doctors a lot more.
Anshul Chauhan: There was pressure for me because this is the first “season 2” I make from the shows I’ve done. After the first season, the audience naturally has expectations and in the end they will be the judge. So until it comes out and people watch it, I honestly can’t say how it will turn out. But we have obviously done our best and we believe in that.
In the show you play medical students for whom you have to learn very complex medical terms. What is the most complicated thing you had to remember?
Sarah Hashmi: Yes, I bore the brunt of this for sure, because my character is the most careful and has to remember all the different experiments and words. Which is funny because I’m worst with memorable lines (laughs). Anothing to remember, the second one is deleted after we shoot a scene. The second second our director Amrit says “okay, I get it,” I just forget the words just that second.
Ayush Mehra: My character is very pushy in life, so he doesn’t have to remember things, so I was fine with that.
In addition to shooting during the pandemic, this season you also dealt with the pandemic as part of the story. Was it weird to navigate this show while it’s still happening in real life, and still make it a light fun series?
Anshul Chauhan: It was not a good feeling to go back to that. It’s been almost a year since COVID was blocked and released back to that and the experience was not pleasant.
Sarah Hashmi: But I think because we faced the pandemic in real life, it was somehow easier to take advantage of those energies and emotions when we had to show something about it.
Ayush Mehra: It was also easier for us to portray the pandemic in the show. At least it was easier logistically, because otherwise getting access to empty shooting locations is usually quite difficult, but since we shot it earlier this year, we managed, so everything worked out.