Ac­tor Rasika Du­gal is happy that she is busy with so many projects, es­pe­cially web-se­ries that al­low her to reach out to a wider au­di­ence

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Ac­tor Rasika Du­gal has steadily made a name for her­self on every en­ter­tain­ment medium, be it tele­vi­sion, films or web. Mak­ing her film de­but with An­war (2007), she went on to star in films such as Qissa (2015), Hi­jack (2008) and Ta­haan (2008).

Du­gal feels that every medium de­serves equal at­ten­tion from ac­tors. “In act­ing, you need to ap­proach ev­ery­thing equally. Films have been my first love, be­cause I am an old-school theatre-go­ing ro­man­tic! I would al­ways keep that in my life,” says the ac­tor who has worked with sev­eral crit­i­cally ac­claimed ac­tors such as Ir­rfan Khan, Tisca Cho­pra and Adil Hus­sain.

“But I also en­joyed the kind of space the web al­lows. There is no cen­sor­ship, so you can ex­per­i­ment so much. Also, a lot of my work has reached out to a much wider au­di­ence through it. My short film Chut­ney cur­rently has 100 mil­lion views, I had never imag­ined my work could reach out to so many peo­ple,” she says.

But she feels that do­ing tele­vi­sion is ben­e­fi­cial in the long-run. “My ex­pe­ri­ence has been limited with tele­vi­sion. I was there in P.O.W.- Bandi Yudhh Ke. In a film, you shoot for about two months at the most, but on tele­vi­sion I shot for around six months, so you get a lot of time to build your char­ac­ter and learn.”

The 32-year-old, who starred in the re­cent re­lease Tu Hai Mera Sun­day, is glad that she has been ex­tremely busy of late, ow­ing to the many projects she has been of­fered. “The last one-and-ahalf years have been lovely. Ac­tors rarely feel so! I am very greedy and am­bi­tious that way. With every project I do, I feel I can do much bet­ter,” says Du­gal.

Ac­tor Shakti Arora, who was shoot­ing for a web se­ries in In­done­sia, is glad to be back in Mum­bai, and says his ex­pe­ri­ence was amazing.

“It has com­pletely changed me as a per­son. I have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity now. My fans have made me hum­ble and I am more at­tached to them. I have also be­come more in­ter­ac­tive now. I have seen a com­pletely dif­fer­ent world. This will be the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence through­out my life and I think I am really lucky,” he says.

Ask him what the best thing about In­done­sia is, and he says, “The peo­ple, fans, well-wish­ers, and the way they love and emote. They cry and shower you with gifts. There were fans, who would al­most faint, as they waited for me on the street, for hours. I of­ten felt guilty at not be­ing able to meet them sooner. Fans shower you with the love that you get ad­dicted to, and I am ad­dicted to it now.”

The ac­tor says that it’s im­por­tant to keep it at it. “To be a good ac­tor, you need to have pa­tience and pas­sion to pur­sue your tal­ent and be hum­ble,” he says.

PTI Yashika Mathur

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