In case you missed it, Adi Tantimedh and Sendhil did a Talks For Google to promote Her Nightly Embrace.
Greetings Sendhil Fans!
We trust that all of you have ordered Her Nightly Embrace but if you haven’t yet, click on the photo above and grab your copy! If you haven’t seen our interview with author Adi Tantimedh, please check it out here.
As promised, here is Sendhil’s exclusive interview with us – Enjoy!
SR.net – Sendhil, first of all, thank you for again granting us an exclusive interview about this incredible project! In the four years we’ve been doing this, we’ve seen your work on television, film, producing and now there’s a new aspect to your experience in the entertainment business with the Her Nightly Embrace: Ravi P.I. project.
Did you bring any personal experiences to the character of Ravi?
Sendhil: I didn’t consciously bring any personal experiences to the character, rather I tried to find different areas in my acting that I wanted to explore through the character. In particular, the comedic aspects to the character were my focus. Ravi has a dry, sometimes morbid, sense of humour that I wanted to play with.
SR.net: Were you involved at all in the development of the character with the author?
Sendhil: I was/am very involved in the development of the character. I would fly back from Toronto while I was filming Beauty & The Beast to meet with Adi. We would bounce ideas off of each other and Adi would send me pages as he wrote them and I would tweak little things. Luckily, Adi and I have been pretty much on the same page with RAVI from the beginning.
SR.net: I don’t know if the audience realizes how far back your involvement in this project goes. Your collaborative relationship with Adi seems quite unique. How and when did he pitch this project to you and what piqued your interest to encourage you to take this leap?
Sendhil: Leopoldo Gout who is our fearless producer on the TV project side, pitched the show as a vehicle for me to my London agent, Roger Charteris, in mid-2013. Originally the plan was to only do a TV series, but as we went through the different stages of development, it seemed natural to also have a book component since Adi is such a strong writer. It was also a way to protect the IP (Intellectual Property).
Getting Ravi to the point where I felt he was the character I wanted to play was a slow but steady process. There were so many drafts I can’t count. But finally, we got it to a point where it felt right. Adi and I had A LOT of meetings at Soho House going over notes, drafts etc. Me, Adi, & Leo pitched the book to Simon & Schuster (Atria) in NYC right before I started Season 1 of Lucky Man and they loved the idea of the book and the fact that there are plans for a TV series and podcast. Everyone there really saw the potential and they signed on for a book deal straight away.
As far as what piqued my interest, first and foremost, it is the fact that I have been involved from the ground up and have a voice in the character I will be playing from the outset. Second, I loved that the project is set in London because I love London and love living there. Third, I thought Adi had a really great take on the crime fiction genre with RAVI P.I. There is social commentary, mixed in with dark humor, messy romance, and original, and downright bizarre cases. I think when people read the books, their minds will automatically drift to a TV series. It is eminently and hopefully imminently deserving of TV adaptation.
SR.net: What characteristic of Ravi stands out to you as something you hope the audience appreciates most?
Sendhil: I hope they appreciate how flawed this character and all the other characters in the project are. I didn’t want this piece to be a highly polished TV project where everyone is perfect and the “hero” always makes the right decisions and gets the bad guys in the end. Even when Ravi “solves” a case, there is sometimes the question of whether he did more harm than good. I don’t like TV or characters in general where everything is black or white. Grey, whether it be moral or otherwise is far more interesting to me.
SR.net: With your past experience on the production end of projects, what has it been like taking on different mediums with the Ravi project?
Sendhil: We are just getting started so my answer to this may change, but in general, you usually start out having to compromise from the very beginning. Sometimes it’s for budgetary reasons, sometimes for reasons of time, but with Ravi, I hope we won’t have to compromise AS MUCH. If there is something we simply can’t cover in the TV series, it can be covered in the book, or in the podcast. The different mediums enlarge your canvas and that is what I am most excited about- to be able to create as complete a world as possible for the audience to enjoy these characters.
SR.net: What did you learn from the process of recording the audiobook?
Sendhil: I learned to try not to drink so much water while recording because you have to get up to pee all the time. Other than that, I was surprised by how much I learned about Ravi just by reading out loud. I felt like I really started to find his voice. I was also surprised by how much I learned about my character by reading aloud what the other characters say about Ravi. What they say about Ravi and how they interact with him was very, very helpful.
SR.net: Since your first ‘performance’ of Ravi that audiences will be exposed to will be the audiobook, will that impact the way you play Ravi in the upcoming television series? Did you get more insight to the character by performing the audio book?
Sendhil: I don’t know how much the audio book performance will affect my TV performance. The script hasn’t been written yet so much will depend on that. I definitely gained more insight as I said, but scripts are a different beast. Hopefully the dialogue captures the essence of the book. That’s the goal as we discuss writers.
SR.net: Speaking of television, you’ve spent a great deal of time lately on UK TV screens, where you got your start. Was the experience of making Lucky Man different coming into it after working in American network television?
Sendhil: It’s funny because I have acted in US, UK, and Indian productions and the process of acting and interacting with other actors is always the same. No matter where you are. People may have different techniques of arriving at the end result, but in general the way we interact with each other is the same. The big difference is budget. There is less money so crews tend to be smaller in the UK and India therefore the scale of the projects tend to be smaller. In the end, it’s all about the script. If the script is bad, it doesn’t matter how much money you throw at it, you can’t polish a turd.
SR.net: Has the UK television experience changed since the days of Casualty and Ultimate Force?
Sendhil: I will say this, the TV experience has stayed the same all the way down to the craft services. The UK has some of the worst on set food EVER. It’s quite brutal. I think it’s one of the many ways we are spoiled by the budgets in the US. Then again, we all complained about the food on Beauty and the Beast too. The only person that complains more than an out of work actor? A WORKING ACTOR!
SR.net: In terms of projects you want to be a part of, has your motivation changed over the years or do you see the multichannel approach as something inevitable in today’s entertainment landscape?
Sendhil: My motivation has changed over the years. At first, I just wanted to work. That was hard enough. Now that I have had some measure of success, control over the end product is more of a motivation. I am not content to just be an actor for hire anymore who comes in and hits his mark and delivers his line without bumping in to the furniture….unless you pay me a ton of money in which case I’m unreservedly yours!
SR.net: Thank you again so much for your time. Is there anything you’d like to say to all of the Sendhil Ramamurthy fans out there reading this?
Sendhil: Just want to say thanks to all the fans that have stuck with me over the years. I am continually amazed and encouraged by your messages, tweets, posts on sendhilramamurthy.net, and other sendhilfans sites. It’s a tough business and on the toughest days all it takes is a message from one of you guys to lift me up so THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AN SUPPORT!! And finally I want to say thank you to Jenn and Meaghan for creating the sendhilfans community. You guys are amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
SR.net: Hi Adi! Thank you so much for agreeing to do an interview with SendhilRamamurthy.net, we really appreciate it and we’re so thrilled that the hype is getting out there about the book!
AT: Thanks for the questions.
SR.net: You’ve made a career within the graphic novel space. What inspired you to make the jump into the world of the novelist?
AT: I originally wanted to be a playwright and cartoonist, and liked graphic novels enough to work in that space while also working as a screenwriter. At the back of my mind, I always planned to write novels at some point, Selling the RAVI P.I. Trilogy to Simon & Schuster came sooner than I thought due to the efforts of my producer Leopoldo Gout, so I’ve suddenly become a novelist almost by accident.
SR.net: You’re breaking new ground with your multi-channel approach with Her Nightly Embrace. Was this something you had in mind while you were crafting the story?
AT: I originally thought I’d write some short stories about Ravi and his cases and perhaps pitch them as a TV series later on. I just wanted to update private detective fiction and tell stories that hadn’t been seen before in the genre. The multimedia or multichannel approach to a character and series was always the key to creating a franchise, but the rise of the internet, streaming and binge culture as a viable business model has pushed that approach into a much more common and necessary practice than, say, five or ten years ago. Now it’s something that any jobbing writer should seriously think about rather than just writing in one medium. It was normal for me to think about having a TV adaptation or even an audio drama podcast spinoff to Ravi, but now it’s actually a business plan rather than a flight of fancy.
SR.net: What do you see for the future of integrated multichannel stories?
AT: I think that model has been here for longer than most people realise, and it’s here to stay. It’s not enough to have a story that’s in a commercial genre in just one medium anymore. It’s all about getting as big an audience, as many people, to see it as possible.
SR.net: Are there any other channels or platforms you’re interested in pursuing for storytelling?
AT: I’ve always been interested in audio dramas since I got my start writing radio plays for the BBC. I have an ongoing interest in storytelling in video games, the interactive aspect of it where the player gets to participate in shaping a character or story, though always along the lines as laid down by the writers. The latter is enormously complex and expensive, and hard to get right.
SR.net: What are some of the challenges when it comes to transforming a book into a television series?
AT: From a writing point of view, the first challenge is to be faithful to the characters and ideas of the story while editing the story down to the length of a TV episode. On a wider level, the greatest challenge is the demands of the TV network and how their executives might want to mold a show to suit their agenda and perceived brand identity and to avoid seeing the material warped beyond recognition and losing what made the characters and story appealing and interesting in the first place. The latter is a nice way of saying “executive interference”
SR.net: Does the knowledge that a network and their execs might want to tinker and therefore alter the “truth” of your characters make that realm more difficult because it might not entirely show your vision?
AT: That’s always the risk any project faces. It depends on how far you are in the process. If you’ve also taken their money to make the show for their network, you have to fight as much as you can. The original writer is often pushed out and excluded from the process after a while unless they’re actually in there as an producer. It’s a long series of negotiations.
SR.net: What did you learn from the process of recording the audiobook?
AT: I learned that an actor’s performance reading the book can add whole new layers of nuance and meaning to the story. Sendhil read the book with a sly, dry, sardonic tone that enhanced some of the humour, which more than what I could have hoped for.
I also discovered that shorter chapter breaks works very well for audiobooks, creates a greater sense of momentum, so I will bear this in mind for the next books in the trilogy and other novels I might write in the future.
SR.net: Now that you’ve essentially touched the worlds of graphic and non-graphic novels, and forthcoming podcasting and television, has that changed how you view storytelling?
AT: It hasn’t changed my views on storytelling, actually. If anything, it feels like the world is catching up to how some of us have viewed storytelling for much of our lives. The entertainment industry is now much more open to an integrated model of storytelling across different platforms than before.
Thank you again so much Adi for speaking to us! You can order a copy of Her Nightly Embrace: Book 1 of the The Ravi P.I. Series at this link!
Pop Culture Beast did a great 6-Question Interview with Her Nightly Embrace author Adi Tantimedh! Check out a portion below!
Adi Tantimedh has written graphic novels (JLA: Age of Wonder, La Muse), radio plays and TV scripts, a weekly column for Bleeding Cool, and now wrote the private detective novel, Her Nightly Embrace, out November 1st. It’s the start of the Ravi PI series, which is also in development as a TV show and audio drama podcasts.
Adi writes interesting and quirky characters in some of the most awkward and amusing situations. They’re fully dimensional, far from perfect people that make for a thoroughly entertaining and relatable read.
We caught up with him for a Quick Six Interview, and asked a bit about the book:
What inspires you recently?
Alan Moore and his near-infinite micro and macro scope of his massive new novel JERUSALEM.
Who decides on your book cover art?
In the end, it’s the publisher who decides. I pitch ideas, then we discuss and arrive at a concept we’re all happy with.
Read the rest of the interview over at Pop Culture Beast here!
Another great interview from the folks at Pop Culture Beast! Check out this one they did with Sendhil while promoting Her Nightly Embrace!
Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy has a familiar face and voice to all avid fans of TV shows like Heroes, Heroes Reborn, Beauty and the Beast, Covert Affairs, and so many others.
He’s set to star in the Ravi PI series currently in development, based on the book Her Nightly Embrace by Adi Tantimedh (out November 1st). He’s also providing the voice of the audiobook, which gives us all an added incentive to start listening to books more often.
Whether he’s chasing bad guys, fighting inner demons, or pursuing science, he always gives us a reason to tune in.
We caught up with Sendhil for a Quick Six Interview, and asked a bit about his new role in Ravi PI:
Who is the gatekeeper/advice-giver when it comes to potential jobs?
I have a close group of actor friends that I consult about scripts and job offers: Jack Coleman, Santiago Cabrera, JJ Feild, & Leonard Roberts
What is an actor’s relationship to their agent? What is yours?
Actors’ relationships with their agents run from speaking to them every day to only emailing when auditions come through. I have a very close relationship with my London agent, Roger Charteris. We talk and email a lot and go out for dinner and drinks when I am in the UK. He’s represented me since I left drama school and he’s a friend. I have a good relationship with my US agent as well, but its business with him which is fine. I actually don’t mind that at all. As long as we can communicate openly and the agent understands and is on board with what I want to achieve, I’m happy.
Check out the interview in it’s entirety at Pop Culture Beast here!
East Coast Sendhil Fans! Did you miss out on Book Con? Hope is not lost! Her Nightly Embrace author Adi Tantimedh and Sendhil will be signing copies and discussing the book and at the Barnes and Noble in Tribeca on Thursday, November 10th at 6:00pm.
More information can be found here!
California Sendhil Fans! If you weren’t able to get to New York for Book Con last week, now’s your chance to meet Her Nightly Embrace author Adi Tantimedh and Sendhil! The two will be at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, CA on Saturday, November 5th for a book signing and Q&A!
More information can be found here!
We’re excited to announce Sendhil’s next project, which includes both a book trilogy and a television series currently in development!
The book, titled RAVI P.I. : Her Nightly Embrace, was written by Adi Tantimedh and published by Simon & Schuster. It’s the first in a trilogy of books about a London-born private eye, and is also currently being developed into a TV series! Sendhil is set to star in the series, and will be an executive producer alongside Leopoldo Gout.
You can pre-order your copy of RAVI P.I. : Her Nightly Embrace right now on Amazon, or grab the book when it releases on November 1st in North America!
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