It wasn’t acting, it was reacting: Rajshri Deshpande

 

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A popular face on television Rajshri Deshpande’s prowess as an actor was noticed in Angry Indian Goddesses. Rajshri not only earned great reviews for her role but she also made people sit up and take notice of her. This Symbiosis alumnus, never really thought that the film would go on to receive so much adulation. She attributes the success of the film to her co-stars and director Pan Nalin.

Rajshri plays Laxmi in the film and the best compliment she received for the film has been a message from a well-wisher. “This young girl wrote to me saying she just wants to give me a tight hug and cry on my shoulder. This is the very reason we did the film. We made a realistic film which was not fake or suppressed. It wasn’t acting, it was reacting. People loved the film because they could relate to it,” says Rajshri, who will next be seen in a Bengali and Malyalam film this year.

The film faced flak for its usage of Kaali’s (Hindu Goddess) images and certain dialogues. However, Rajshri feels the hue and cry regarding dialogues and images used was completely uncalled for. “It just doesn’t make sense. The censored parts were not derogatory or hurtful. They were what we see every day in our society,” shares Rajshri.

It just doesn’t make sense. The censored parts were not derogatory or hurtful. They were what we see every day in our society

The actor adds that the shoot and preparation of the role was physically and mentally tiring. They hardly had any make-up on and it wasn’t a typical film shoot. The director gave them the freedom to shoot in their natural zone. “This helped us play the character even better. We had a personal touch to each character. We lived each of those moments. Our director did face a lot of issues in the beginning when people questioned a cast of seven women. In addition, none of us were stars per say. However, once every one saw the film they had no problem with any of the above. We are glad we made the film.”

(Cover image by M.Fahim. Image is subject to copyright.)

Anjali Shetty-Shirsath

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