‘It’s im­por­tant to be steady and con­sis­tent’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­jali Shetty an­jali.shetty@htlive.com

Shriya Pilgaonkar says she doesn’t let long gaps in her act­ing ca­reer af­fect her work de­ci­sions. The ac­tor de­buted with the 2016 film, Fan, but she’s in no hurry to work on a film just for the sake of stay­ing rel­e­vant and in the lime­light. In­stead, Shriya be­lieves that ev­ery project has its own destiny and not ev­ery­thing will go ac­cord­ing to your plans. “My in­stinct and gut guide me very strongly. I look at my ca­reer as a 50-year­long one and not a 5-year stint. So, I am not afraid of wait­ing. I want to be part of projects where I can show­case my growth as an ac­tor. We need to re­alise that not ev­ery­one can take the path to overnight suc­cess. Take ac­tors such as Ra­jkum­mar Rao and Vicky Kaushal — they have built their work and pro­file over the years to get to where they are. The most im­por­tant thing is to be steady and con­sis­tent,” says Shriya.

The ac­tor is cur­rently shoot­ing for Anub­hav Sinha’s Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai, and she says work­ing with the di­rec­tor has been a unique ex­pe­ri­ence. “Anub­hav sir has a lot of clar­ity. It re­flects in the treat­ment of the script and the at­mos­phere on the sets. His vi­sion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been crys­tal clear from the be­gin­ning, and that makes work­ing re­ally fun for all of us. It is like an ac­tual party on the sets,” says Shriya. The film is be­ing shot in Luc­know, and the ac­tor adds that the en­tire team bonded over Luc­know’s cui­sine.

The film also fea­tures Pankaj Tri­pathi, Sau­rabh Shukla, Vi­nay Pathak among oth­ers. Speak­ing about her co- stars, the ac­tor says, “It was such an en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to be work­ing with them. It is in­ter­est­ing to see them in­ter­act and be open to learn­ing even at the level they are at. It pushes you to do bet­ter. I used to take men­tal notes of what all they would say or do and come back to my room and write it down in my di­ary. I re­mem­ber Pankaj sir’s state­ment: A closeup shot shows your soul, not your eyes.”

I look at my ca­reer as a 50­year­long one and not a 5­year stint. So, I am not afraid of wait­ing. I want to be part of projects where I can show­case my growth as an ac­tor. SHRIYA PILGAONKAR, AC­TOR

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