Rasika Dugal felt she acted so badly in her film Qissa that she cried all night

Rasika Dugal he has worked on projects of various genres and platforms. The actor, who has been prolific in movies and web shows, recently appeared in a short film as well. Her short film The Miniaturist of Junagadh was seen sharing screen space with her mentor Naseeruddin Shah. In an interview with the Hindustan Times, Rasika talks about the experience, why she once cried all night after watching herself on screen and the manic frenzy around her popular web series Mirzapur. Read also: Rasika Dugal: It was surreal to travel abroad after two years

The miniaturist from Junagada, directed by Kaušal Oza, is a short film set around Pregrada. Speaking about the challenges of working in a short film as opposed to longer formats, Rasika says: “The shorter the format, the harder it is for the actor because we only have so much time to finish your story and finish your play. You can’t get away with it because of the lack of detail in the short film. It kind of sharpens you. ”

The project also allowed her to work with Naseeruddin Shah, who was her mentor in the world of acting. Cooperation with him after so many years was a dream come true, says Rashika. “Everything I know today about acting is thanks to Naseer Sahab. So I know there’s one co-actor here who’s actually the creator of the process I’m following. It comes with its nervousness. When you work with your guru, you always feel that this must be your best performance ever. “Because I can’t insult what he taught me,” she said. The film was recently released on the Royal Stag Barrel Select Large short film platform.

Between The Miniaturist of Junagadh and her other works such as Qissa, Manto and The Suitable Boy, Rasika is often found in stories set in India in the 1940s and 1950s. She laughs as she says, “This is a time when I feel comfortable. I think I belong more to that era than now and people feel it. The pace of life at that time was more in line with my nature than the pace of life today. Today I often find myself in the zone and lost. In fact, I am naturally attracted to that age. I don’t know what the connection is, maybe we don’t understand something. “

But while others often praise her work, Rasika admits that she is her own biggest critic. “Sometimes I feel like I’ve done kachra (garbage) and then I watch it, I feel ‘not bad,'” she says with a laugh. The actor says that over the years she has learned to love her job. She cites Qissu, Delhi Crime and Manto as the works she is most proud of. “These are the things I tell people to watch,” she says.

She may now be proud of her performance at Qissa, but when the film came out in 2013, Rasika wasn’t so sure about her performance. She shares a hilarious anecdote: “The first time I watched Qissa, I couldn’t sleep all night. I was in tears and I thought I had done the worst job of my life, and this was such a significant role and I will never get a job again. And Tillotama Shome, my co-actor, who had a heavier and bigger role than me, sat with me all night and comforted me. I was new then and had no experience watching my work. Now I know how to deal with it. Now I know, the first time I see something, everything is bad for me. ” Read also: Rashika Dugal: I don’t know who my competitors are. It somehow frees me from the burden of competition

While her recognition came with works such as Manto and Delhi Crime, Rasika gained mainstream popularity with the Amazon Prime Video series Mirzapur. In the popular show, he plays Beena Tripathi, the wife of Kaleen Bhaiya from Pankaj Tripathi. Fans called her Beena bhabhi (daughter-in-law) even off-screen, something that entertains her endlessly. Rasiks says: “I am still surprised by the popularity of Mirzapur, so many times. He has a manic and loyal audience. The hunting and attention that Mirzapur received is something that confuses me in a good way. One specific incident does not occur to me, but I am very surprised when someone meets me and addresses me as Beena bhabhi as if they have known her forever. They feel like they’ve lived with you, which is a great confirmation for the actor. “

Rasika will next be seen in Amazon’s second series, Adhura, in which she also stars Ishwak Singh. The supernatural thriller is set in an elite boarding school that hides a secret. It is scheduled to be published later in 2022.


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