Filmmaker Anand Gandhi Reveals How The Idea Of Creating The Sci-Fi Comedy 'Ok Computer' Came About

Shubanka Sridhar , 11 Mar 2021
nand Gandhi; poster of Ok Computer (Source: Instagram | @memewala)
nand Gandhi; poster of Ok Computer (Source: Instagram | @memewala)

The noted film-maker, Anand Gandhi has finally released the trailer of his first dark comedy sci-fi thriller titled ‘Ok Computer’. While the trailer is earning tons of rave reviews, what’s more intriguing for the viewers is the man behind producing the project — Anand Gandhi, and how he came up with an idea like this.

Sharing his thoughts with an ardent fan of his, Anand shared:

Gary Kasparov (Russian Chess Grandmaster) lost against Deep Blue (IBM Super Computer) at chess, and Gary Kasparov couldn’t believe that a computer can beat him at the game of chess! This was 1997! And Kasparov was absolutely unwilling to imagine at that point in history that computers can become so smart as to beat him at the game of Chess as he had been the greatest champion for so many years. Now here’s a thought worth considering that we are closer to 2040 than we are to 1997, which means that we have witnessed, in the last couple of decades – the true potential of computers and AI in our lives and how it has resulted in a huge number of human enterprises being replaced by computing and AI. By 2040, not only we are going to see AI perform basic tasks for us – like in finance, administration, logistics but we are really going to see AI surpass human imagination. So, the question that’s been lingering around for about decade has been – how do we reconcile with this new intelligence that we are creating and how are we going to continue improving it and I don’t think we are going to pause anymore because it does solve so many human problems. It does make redistribution of resources possible, easier and faster. AI is going to provide us with pools of longevity and wellness. But an important question here is what kind of legal frameworks are we going to create around this relationship between our organic species and this cloud based intelligence system that we have invented?

He shares that he and his friends – Pooja, Neil, Zain, Khusboo and Vinay – have, for the past 6-7 years delved into this very question at his production house – Memesys. He says that they really started approaching this question with all the imagination and insights they could gather and while they were at it, decided to have a ball and have as much fun as possible. He says that’s how Ok Computer was born.

 Sharing a special message with his ardent viewers, Anand Gandhi said:

We have seen our peers at the West share some great ideas and insights about AI, our future, what life and living would be like in the future and that’s been very incredible, insightful and inspiring but we really do want to be a part of the dialogue, we want to speak back in that conversation and this is really an ice – breaker! Like my projects in the past, Like ‘Ship of Theseus’, ‘Tumbbad’, ‘SHASN’, this ‘OK Computer’ is also an ice breaker, it’s just the beginning of a conversation, it’s not the end of the conversation.

Helmed by the makers of Ship of Theseus and Tumbbad – Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar – and produced by Anand Gandhi, OK Computer boasts a talented star cast that includes Radhika Apte, Vijay Varma, Jackie Shroff and Rasika Duggal to name a few. The series is going to release on 26th March, 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar. 

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