‘Who doesn’t like change?’

Debarati Palit Singh
Sunday, 29 July 2018

Bhojpuri actress Monalisa talks about how excited she is to make her television debut with the role of a daayan in Star Plus’ new show Nazar

Bhojpuri actress Monalisa is all set to turn into a witch. But before you are gobsmacked, know that this is for a role on the small screen. Making a debut on television, Monalisa plays a daayan, an evil witch, in Star Plus’ new supernatural fantasy drama – Nazar. 

To be aired from today, the series also stars Harsh Rajput, Ankur Nayyar, Niyati Fatnani, Smita Bansal, Ashita Dhawan, Ritu Seth and Sumit Kaul. 

“Mohana, my character in the show, has supernatural powers which is hidden in her hair which is tied into plaits. She’s quite a dreadful character. But no one will know that she’s a witch because she disguises herself as a regular person,” says the actress, adding that she finds herself lucky to get to play such an exciting character in her first TV project.  

She says that she had to do a lot of homework to get into the skin of the character, but she did not take inspiration from any particular actor or character for it. “I did my homework on how witches are believed to behave and look. I worked on the mannerism and presentation. I watched some shows on the internet,” she says.

Last seen on television in Bigg Boss season 10, Monalisa says that just like everyone else, she too has grown up listening to daayan and bhoot stories. “My maternal grandparents would tell us these scary stories. Now that I am getting to play such a character, it is exciting for me,” says the actress. 

This is also the first time that she is getting to play a negative character. “I’ve been wanting to play a negative character for a long time. You can portray different shades of personality while playing a negative character and bring more variations,” says she.

The film industry seems to typecast actors once they start playing a certain kind of character. Does she feel that she might be offered only negative roles post Nazar? “I have worked in 125 Bhojpuri films and I have mostly played positive characters.

Having said that, an artist should be versatile. Actors should play all kinds of roles. If I am offered only negative roles post this, it’s okay. As long as I am in front of the camera, I’m fine,” says she, adding, “So far, I was part of regional cinema but now I am getting a chance to be part of a bigger industry (television). I am being launched by such a big production house (Gul Khan’s 4 Lion’s) and will be seen on such popular channel, so it’s a big thing for me.”

Television is currently being ruled by daayans and naagins and these shows are even getting high TRPs. “These shows are hatke (different) and give a break to our audience from the regular content. Who doesn’t like change? I am sure that Nazar is going to be entertaining for the audience,” she says. 
Catch Nazar every Monday to Friday at 11pm 

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