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I would like to emulate iconic Smita Patil, says Ashwini Kasar

Thursday, February 08, 2018
By Raju Vemekar

Charming TV actress Ashwini Kasar, a relatively new face on television who recently made her entry with Marathi TV soap 'Kamla' (inspired by legendary playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s play), is essaying the lead role in new romantic Marathi TV serial 'Katti Batti', to be telecast from Monday, February 19  at 7:30 pm from Monday to Saturday on Zee Yuva. She spoke exclusively to The Afternoon D&C. Excerpts:

 Tell us something about your new serial 'Katti Batti'.
'Katti Batti' is a family drama which depicts a cordial relationship and at times a stand-off between two families. The traditional simple girl’s family is rural in its demeanour, while the boy’s family is polished and urban. Both the sides have equal pride about their roots and indulge in name calling. There are frequent showdowns between the two families as well.

  Can we describe this romantic soap as based on  'love-hate' relationship?       
 To some extent yes. But it focuses more on family relations. It is the story of a son of an extremely rich father and a strong middle class girl (which I play), who can stand up against injustice and something that’s wrong. The viewers will certainly like it.

 This is your third TV serial isn’t it ?
 No. This is my second TV serial because my participation in the soap 'Prem He' (Zee Yuva) was  restricted to  only two episodes.
Is this ‘Katti Batti ‘role more challenging than the one you essayed in 'Kamla'?
 Yes. I have to rub shoulders with many seasoned artistes in this soap. It is a very strong team of brilliant artistes who have gone through the rigorous exercise of the theatre and films earlier. The language used in the soap is also of a very high standard.
Where is the TV serial is being shot?     
 It is being shot on huge sets specially erected  in Ahmednagar. Since the artistes from different parts of Maharashtra, including Beed, Pune and Ahmednagar are involved this soap, it can be certainly described as a distinct serial which seeks to present a mix of urban and rural background of the state.
So how do you commute ?
 I shuttle between Ahmednagar and Badlapur (Thane district) where I reside with my huge joint family, comprising nearly 13 members. I really enjoy it due to the presence of my relatives belonging to different age groups.
 What about your upcoming projects ?
 I have completed the shooting of upcoming Marathi film 'Tarafa'. Besides, I am also essaying roles in two other films -‑- 'Respect' and 'Ek Hota Malin' (a film based on  the real story of 'Malin landslide tragedy' near Pune that shook the state in 2014).
 What about your drama-theatre background?
 I had participated in many inter-collegiate dramas, one act plays and mock plays when I was in Ruia College. I had also participated in some of the INT  plays as well. They included  plays like 'Ananya' and 'Muktidham'.  
Who is your role model?
I think during the growing up stage every artiste picks up styles and mannerisms of other senior celeb artistes. As far as I am concerned I would like to emulate the iconic Smita Patil of yesteryears. As for the present generation I admire Mukta Barve and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt.
 What type of roles do you like?
 I would like to essay roles having classical, semi-classical or cultural background in soaps and films. I also dabble in dancing and would like someday to become a skilled dancer.
Any dream role you would like to perform ?
 Instead of a dream role, I will like it to be a 'challenging role' where one has to come out with his or her best. The challenging role should ideally be like the one essayed by the iconic 'Dangal' movie girl  Zaira Wasim,  who won the coveted National Award for her awesome performance.

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