‘I don’t mind doing smaller roles’

Debarati Palit Singh
Sunday, 2 June 2019

Ishita Dutta, who will be seen in Colors channel Bepannah Pyaar, talks about being part of the serial after staying away from TV for three years, and how she is proud of her elder sister Tanushree

Ishita Dutta has a thing for thrillers. The actress has worked on some interesting projects in the genre in both television and films. She will be next seen in Colors channel upcoming series, Bepannah Pyaar, which is about Raghbir (Pearl V Puri) who meets with his dubious fate after the mysterious death of his soulmate (Aparna Dixit). “I like thrillers. I enjoy watching them and being part of such shows,” says the actress and smiles.   

During the promotion of the series, which goes on air today (June 3), Ishita says, “I feel lucky to have landed a challenging role such as Pragati. She has two sides to her, one is for the world to see and another which she never reveals. I am looking forward to this new journey and I hope to live up to the expectations of our viewers.” 

Bepannah Pyaar is being produced by Ekta Kapoor and Ishita says that she has been wanting to work with Balaji Telefilms. “It was not happening for some reason or the other; I was busy with films and others shows. Finally, at the beginning of this year, it worked out. The concept was great, I loved the story and my character. I am having a lot of fun because the story is very pacy and fast. I am making a comeback on TV and what better way than this!” she exclaims.

Her last TV show, Rishton Ka Saudagar – Baazigar went off air in 2016 and citing her reasons for staying away the medium for three years, Ishita says, “Post that show, I signed Kapil Sharma’s Firangi. When you are working for TV, you need to give bulk dates. I was in talks with production houses but dates were an issue. It was not a conscious choice to stay away from television. In fact, in between, when I got a chance, I signed Kaun Hai!, a short series because the dates were sorted out and I was also getting to work with Vatsal (Seth).” 

When it comes to balancing between the two mediums, Ishita replies that she “goes with the flow”. “I have always gone with the flow since the beginning of my career. If I am offered five projects, I will pick the project, which I think will work for me.” 

Ishita who is married to actor Vatsal Seth, explains that while signing a project, it's important for her to know who the makers are. “I have to know who the director and production house is. My character is also important. I don’t mind doing smaller roles if the character will help me grow as an actor and people will recognise me. Having said that, if you perform well and are appreciated, then it doesn’t really matter if you are playing the lead or not. Your character will stand out.” 

The method of approaching a character in films and TV is quite different because the characterisation in a television series evolves, as the storyline keeps changing every few months. Ask her about her method and she replies, “I am completely a director’s actor. Definitely, I go through my own process after reading the script, but in the end, I try to understand what my director and writer want me to do.” She further adds, “There is no denying that on television you are constantly working on your character. It’s happened with me, by the end of the serial, my character is a completely different person. TV gives you a lot of scope to grow.”

Before signing off, we ask her about her sister Tanushree Dutta and #MeToo movement. Last year, the former actress had accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn OK Please. “From an early age, she (Tanushree) has been very outspoken, strong and stood by what she feels is right. Even in school, she was the topper and was the kind of person whom everyone knew. I am so proud of her because many girls don't have the courage to stand up for themselves. I don't know how much courage I would have had. She is motivating lot of women who have faced harassment. Of course, it will take time for women to speak up. But the process has atleast started.”

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