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Swastika Mukherjee, ‘Dil Bechara’ actress speaks about changing world of films and rise of OTT


Even if it ‘Poor heart’ In Sanjana Sanghi Sitting in a rickshaw with ‘Hades’ News anchor in Neeraj kabi As Dolly Mehra, wife of Swastik Mukherjee Leaving the impression of her acting is ruling our hearts.

The year 2020 has been very important for Swastika as both Patal Lok and Dil Bechara were released on Amazon Prime Video and Disney + Hotstar respectively. Although the actress has been in the film industry for more than two decades, she has touched new heights of popularity with her recent films and web series.

Swastika Mukherjee

The crime thriller web series Patal Lok produced by Anushka Sharma’s production house Clean Slate Films also starred Neeraj Kabi, Gul Panag, Jaideep Ahlawat, Abhishek Banerjee. Swastika played the role of a wife suffering from anxiety with great credibility and sensitivity.

For Dil Bechara, it was an upcoming romance film directed by Mukesh Chhabra, based on John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars. It included actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, etc.

In Dil Bechara, Swastika poses as Maa, a balanced voice in the house. She is strict when needed and still treats her daughter, who suffers from an incurable disease, with a lot of love, tenderness and helplessness.

In real life, the swastika is not shy at all. The actress is known for her amazing intelligence, and strong opinions on socially relevant issues.

 Swastika has been in the industry for 20 years
Swastika has been in the industry for 20 years

In a conversation with Business Khabar, Swastika talks about her role in film and web series, her journey in the film industry and how she has developed over the decades as an actress.

You can also read the edited excerpts of the interview:

Business Khabar (YS): Can you tell us Poor heart Can you tell me about your role in it?

Swastika Mukherjee (SM): I am playing Kizi’s mother – Mrs Basu. I asked Mukesh (director) many times. “What’s my name”, “Give me a name”, and each time they said, “You’re just Kizzy’s mother.” This is your identity. ”

When he informed me, he said that the existence of Kizi Basu’s mother revolves around Kizi. He suffers from an incurable disease and his mother’s life begins and ends with him. It is about care, safety and his endless love and warmth.

As parents, we do everything for our children, but if you have a sick child, I think the responsibility, concern and caution increases manifold. I wouldn’t say that I really had to work very hard to play Kizi’s mother as I am a parent myself and Sanjana Sanghi, who played Kizi, is only a few years older than my daughter, Anvesha.

Naturally, I became Sanjana’s mother and we shared a wonderful bonding on the set and I am very happy that we kept in touch even after the film was over.

YS: What did you like most about your role and were there some challenges?

SM: I think the only struggle we had as actors (or for me) in Dil Bechara was when we were shooting in Paris it was very cold there. Sean’s shooting during the winter in Paris was like torture.

I wore saris like Bengal Tangail, Jamdani, and Orissa Handloom, but I could wear only one coat and one pair of gloves to go with them. I wanted to use a muffler and cap and wear whatever I could but I couldn’t because I didn’t want to look bloated on screen.

Otherwise, my experience has been amazing and I can see myself expanding into my role.

YS: You Hades How did I get my role?

SM: Me through the audition Hades I got my role I contacted casting director and actor Abhishek Banerjee and I sent an audition tape. My friend’s dog Tito refused to move out of the place where I was auditioning, so he also featured in the audition tape.

I think Tito has been lucky for me. Also, my character Dolly Mehra loves stray dogs and I think, being a part of a dog audition somehow works wonders for me.

It is great that every roll is decided by casting agencies. You can send tapes via email or WhatsApp, or you can audition on Skype and Zoom. You do not have to live in Mumbai to work in a Hindi language film or web series.

Swastika is an avid animal lover
Swastika is an avid animal lover

YS: How was the experience on the set?

SM: Hades It was a wonderful experience working in This was the first time I shared a screen with an animal. I always put dogs above humans and I love dogs. I have a dog at home that I rescued from the road. She is about four years old and is named Fulki.

I had to share this amazing bond with my on-screen dog Savitri, who is also a vagabond. The entire unit was filled with dog lovers and hence, everyone took great care of Savitri.

Also, I Neeraj kabi Shared the screen with whom I Detective Byomkesh Bakshi Had also worked in, and had a lot of Bengali on set. We had a lot of fun but again, we shot in Delhi during the winter, which was the only difficulty I faced.

Hades And Poor heart Released one after the other and both have been amazing experiences for me as an actress and a human being.

Swastika plays Dolly Mehra who suffers from issues of concern in the web series Patal Lok
Swastika played Dolly Mehra, who suffers from anxiety in the web series Patal Lok

YS: What was the most difficult to play the role of Dolly Mehra?

SM: The most difficult part of playing Dolly Mehra was the worrying scene in which I had to overcome Dolly’s turmoil to deal with mental health problems. This freaked me out because I didn’t want to do it superficially.

I had to watch and research people who suffer from anxiety to perform this role. I did a lot of homework for the show and also participated in workshops with the show’s producer Sudeep Sharma. We also had mentors who helped us during the workshop session. I couldn’t overdo it or reduce it, but make it as raw and real as possible. It was a challenge for me as an actor because I have not played such a character before.

Perfecting him was the main struggle and the hardest part, but the response has been overwhelming. I received messages and emails and letters from psychiatrists and physicians from all over India, who handle patients with anxiety attacks and mental health problems.

He said that he felt that I would have personally faced these problems in my life because it seemed so real. I think this is the biggest award I have received as an actor.

YS: How did you get into acting?

SM: I have been working for 20 years. I was studying at Jadavpur University in Kolkata and I had a large group of friends in college.

A friend of my friend was a very famous TV director and he convinced me to do a TV series. I picked up the assignment thinking that I would get some pocket money.

YS: How was your first TV series experience?

SM: When I started acting, I did not take my role seriously and I did a very bad job. When I started getting reviews, I felt that the show was getting very good reviews, but I was being trashed.

My father is highly experienced in the industry and his reputation was at stake because I was constantly being told how bad a job I had done. I felt so humiliated that I started taking it more seriously. I started focusing and started focusing on the work I was doing and taking lots of tips from my father.

This assignment led to another assignment, and I began to do a lot of work on TV for about three to four years as Telefilms, Daily Soaps, Short Films and later Commercial Films.

YS: How much has the entertainment space changed over time?

SM: Around 2008, I felt that the Bengali film industry was changing and films were turning into more sensible cinema. The broad demarcation between commercial films and art house cinema was blurring.

Soon, independent films and indie cinema emerged. That year, I started changing my path and came to the center – films that were neither commercial nor strict art home but good for urban audiences.

YS: What would you say about OTT space?

SM: I would say that another revolution has come in the form of OTT platforms. Such content and films or originals or web series that directors, filmmakers and production houses are producing are very close to reality.

Swastika enjoys doing films that are neither commercial nor art house cinema

The actors look as real and raw as possible. The events and conditions are very real, as it is documented on the streets of our country or in the homes of citizens.

While this change is happening, I am also shifting being a part of this new revolutionary place.

YS: How have you progressed as an actress over the years?

SM: There have been many ups and downs. If you have lived and managed for 20 years in the film industry, it involves a lot of courage, strength, sacrifice, heartache and letting go of family time, although I have actually started working with my parents. Tried to spend time together when they were alive. I try to spend quality time with my daughter when I am not working.

It has been a very long journey. As a youngster, I really wanted to study, go to higher studies and academics.

But I think God had a different plan and therefore, I am still with big films like Dil Bechara 20 years after my acting career.

Damini Sharma
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