The mother’s role has always enjoyed a place of pride in Hindi cinema. It hadstrength and lent weight to a film, and was once occupied by powerhouse talents such as Nirupa Roy and Lalita Pawar. In recent times, we have watched her play this role with aplomb – Nirrmite Saawant (Aiyyaa), has been applauded for their performance in the film . Over to her
She’s a well-known name in the Marathi film industry with television serials including Kumari Gangubai Non-Matric, and movies like Bindhaast, Kay Dyache Bola, Hee Porgi Kunachi to her credit. She’s also big as a theatre artiste. Her debut Hindi film, Horn Ok Please, was never released. Her second film Aiyyaa tanked but she’s definitely made her presence felt.
I didn’t go to drama or acting school, nor college. I believe acting runs in my blood. My mother has always inspired me. She used to direct dramas and choreograph for local shows.
I used to work in solo acts and plays and I was doing experimental theatre. I was never interested in commercial drama. One day, I got a call from Mohan Wagh, whose banner Chandralekha is one of the biggest banners in Marathi theatre. I couldn’t say no to him. That play was called Double Trouble and it became very popular. After that, I didn’t stop doing commercial plays. My roles in experimental theatre were serious. It was commercial theatre that introduced me to the comic act.
Marathi filmmakers keep tab on theatre artistes. My first TV serial happened when I was doing a play. Sachin Pilgaonkar spotted me and offered me a role in his serial Tu Tu Main Main. That’s how it started. As for films, I had worked with Chandrakant Kulkarni, so when he was making Bindhaast, he cast me in a good role. The film became a big hit and my filmy career started.
Hindi film Industry
I have been getting offers from the Hindi film industry for a long time. Now this may sound weird but, because I have a fan following in the Marathi industry, I didn’t want them to get upset. Also, the roles that were being offered here were really small. I didn’t want to compromise by accepting roles of negligible characters.
First Hindi Film
I had worked with Rakesh Sarang, so when he was making Horn Ok Please, he offered me a good role. He also said that Nana Patekar wanted me to do the role. But the film didn’t release. I had never worked with Sachin Kundalkar but had seen his work in Marathi. So when he approached me with the script, I agreed. I am also a big fan of Anurag Kashyap and have wanted to work with him for a long time. When he praised my work, it felt really good.
More Hindi Films, Maybe?
In the Hindi industry, they call you and ask you to audition. I have worked in this industry for more than 20 years so they should be aware of my work. I am not saying I don’t want to audition… a look test is fine. But don’t expect me to perform and convince you that I can act.
Hindi Versus Marathi
In Hindi cinema, it’s always all about the hero and heroine, whereas in Marathi cinema, it’s the story that plays the important role. Thought-provoking films work more in Marathi whereas commercial masala movies work in Hindi.