…Says Akanksha Puri who is making her television debut with Sony TV’s upcoming show Vignahartha Ganesha, which is going on air from August 22.
So far Akanksha Puri has played mostly glamorous roles in films, but for her television debut, she will be playing a mythological character. The actress will be seen in the role of Parvati in Sony TV’s upcoming show — Vignahartha Ganesha, which is going on air from August 22 at 8 pm.
Akanksha, who had made her Bollywood debut with Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calender Girls, says that the role of Parvati is quite different from what she has done in films. “I was looking for good work and I am not restricted to language or medium. I had received offers from television shows in the past but nothing was exciting. I want to sign projects where I get to perform and people will get to see the real Akanksha Puri. I don’t want to get typecast so I signed this show, where I will be seen in a completely different avatar,” says the actress while promoting Vignahartha Ganesha.
The show will highlight the special relationship between Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha, and the unheard stories of Ganesha’s journey from a child to the most loved god. But this not the first story on Ganesha as makers in the past have played around with his stories. Akanksha says that they have showcased a completely different aspect of Ganesha in this show. “It is about how he became Vignahartha. We have accordingly shot the show and we have used high technology,” she says.
Was it challenging getting into the character of Parvati? She replies, “Certain parts were challenging because you cannot change anything while playing a mythological character. I had difficulty with the language because we do not speak such fluent Hindi. Also, because I was working down South, I had lost touch with Hindi. But I got voice, accent, diction and body language training before starting the shoot. I am playing the character of Parvati, Durga and Kali so we have also worked on my looks.”
Akanksha calls herself a religious person and says that her faith has made her journey easy while doing the show. “I come from a very religious family. My mother is an astrologer. We follow all rites and rituals so I know all the mantras and stories by heart. It was easy for me to understand the script. Personally, I am a bhakt of Shiva and Ganesha, so I am blessed to do the show.”
The actress says that shooting for both the mediums — film and television — is quite different. “For films, we shoot for 40 days in six months. But for this show I am shooting for 27 days a month. But it’s a lot of fun and I am enjoying it,” she says.
With such a hectic schedule, how does she plan to balance between films and TV? “Right now I am only concentrating on Vignahartha Ganesha and haven’t signed any films. In fact, I can’t think about anything else because of my schedule,” says the actress before signing off.