From ‘Beyhadh’ to ‘Bepanaah’

Debarati Palit Singh
Sunday, 21 January 2018

Jennifer Winget talks about her latest show Bepanaah and why she likes to take up intense characters

Jennifer Winget talks about her latest show Bepanaah and why she likes to take up intense characters

Last year, Jennifer Winget impressed critics and audiences alike with her performance as Maya in Beyhadh. Going by the promos of her latest show Bepanaah, she is back with another author-backed role. The show, going on air from January 22 on Colors, also stars Harshad Chopda, Sehban Azim and Namita Dubey.

Jennifer calls Bepannaah a love story of two very different people who meet during the most vulnerable situation in their lives. “When Anirudh, a friend of mine and the director of the show, narrated the script, I started crying. It’s so gripping and emotional right from the beginning. It’s a different take on relationships that don’t work. It’s intense a fresh look.”

There were reports about the show being inspired by Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh-starrer film Kati Patang, to which Jennifer replies, “I don’t how that started. There’s no inspiration taken from there.”

This is not the first time, we will watch Jennifer play an intense character. We saw her enacting Maya with such intensity in Beyhadh and Kumud in Saraswatichandra. The actress laughs and says, “I don’t know. I can only say that I am very lucky to be offered such good roles one after another. It’s my luck that I get to play such varied roles and genres of shows. I have been really lucky and blessed to get that kind of opportunity. Not just now, I hope to continue getting such roles in the future too.”

She further adds, “I have also played the beti and bahu. But I like playing different kind of characters that I haven’t done before. When people come to me with such offers, I don’t see any reason to say no to them. Also, I think audience also expects me to see in a different avatar every time I am on screen.”

After playing a negative character like Maya, for her net project was her focus on selecting a role which was notch higher? “Firstly, I don’t like the term negative because I believe that every person has both positive and negative in them. No person is necessarily bad but it’s all about the choices we make,” she says, adding, “With Bepanaah too, we are taking a fresh look at relationships. When your relationship fails for some reason, you don’t need to blame any person. Instead of crying over it as if the world is over, work on your own self. You will actually start noticing things that didn’t even exist.”

But the actress does have to deal with a lot of pressure to choose the right projects keeping the audiences expectations in the mind.

“That pressure is always there and should always remain. For an actor it’s important to take up that challenge because it will help you grow as a person and an artist. I always keep the audience in mind while signing a show. Having said that, Beyhadh was a new concept and an experiment for each one who was involved with the show. We were not sure if the show will work or not. But before shooting, the team wanted clarity on what we were doing and whether what we were doing was important.”



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