The Hulu Unique Welcome to Chippendales landed on the streaming platform on Nov. 22, and it tells the rags-to-riches story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee. Banerjee based Chippendales, the most profitable male dance troupe in historical past, however he began from nothing. The present follows him from a humble gasoline station supervisor to a profitable membership proprietor, however it takes a darkish flip. Whereas primarily based on a true story, Welcome to Chippendales showrunner Rob Siegel needed to make one thing with extra flare.
‘Welcome to Chippendales’ creator Rob Siegel doesn’t need the sequence to ‘feel like a Wikipedia page’
If you happen to watched the current docudrama Pam and Tommy, then you definately’re acquainted with Siegel’s work. It adopted the story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s notorious intercourse tape and the fallout surrounding it. That sequence additionally showcased a social gathering way of life indulging in the basic intercourse, medicine, and rock and roll. Siegel says he was drawn to the story in Welcome to Chippendales for a number of of the similar causes.
Talking to Esquire, Siegel defined, “On a macro level, it checks all the boxes I look for, which is some element of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I just love things that are, at first glance, somewhat trashy, fun, and have a real strong pop cultural bent.”
Nonetheless, reworking an total unhappy story ending in a number of deaths into one thing audiences clamor to see is not any small job. Siegel manages to make it appear straightforward, although.
“You want to make something that doesn’t feel like a Wikipedia page,” Siegel stated. “You always want to tell the true story without being bound to it or restricted by it.”
‘Welcome to Chippendales’ goes from a rags-to-riches story to homicide rapidly
Once we first meet Banerjee, performed by the incredible Kumail Nanjiani, we study simply how severe he’s about pursuing the American dream. Regardless of being provided a stake in a chain of gasoline stations together with his boss, he turns him down, stating that’s not his dream. As a substitute, he needs to open his personal backgammon membership. Nonetheless, the good individuals of Los Angeles aren’t keen on taking part in backgammon on their nights out. Banerjee brings on Paul Snider, who tells Banerjee about his work as a profitable nightclub promoter. We later study Snider lied, however Banerjee, together with Snider and his spouse Dorothy Stratten, begin to pave their approach to success.
By the finish of Welcome to Chippendales Episode 1, Snider murders Stratten in a match of rage earlier than turning the gun on himself. It’s a very darkish ending for a sequence that rapidly dazzles audiences with the flashing lights and vivid colours of the disco period. Regardless of the tragic ending for Stratten, the sequence one way or the other manages to maintain the emotions of the viewers principally upbeat.
Siegel aimed for that stunning second to knock viewers off their axis, “We wanted to end the first episode on something dark and shocking—because there’s so much fun in the first episode. And then to slam the door shut with this murder, it set the tone that there was going to be this dark undercurrent.”
Not everybody in ‘Welcome to Chippendales’ relies on a actual individual
Whereas the total story of Welcome to Chippendales comes from a true story, not each character in the sequence really existed. For instance, Siegel says each Otis (Quentin Plair) and Denise (Juliette Lewis) are “mostly fictionalized.” Plus, Nick de Noia’s lover, Bradford, performed by Andrew Rannell, by no means existed in any respect. Regardless, the story of Banerjee’s rise to success retains the viewers’s eyes glued to the display in each episode.
Take a look at Welcome to Chippendales, streaming solely on Hulu.