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‘It’s high time cognizance of women-harassment should be taken seriously’: Isha Keskar

Thursday, October 11, 2018
By Raju Vernekar

Gorgeous actress Isha Keskar, who made her debut and shot to fame with her role of ”Banu” in Zee Marathi’ TV soap “Jai Malhaar”, is now essaying the new avataar  of  Shanaya  in  popular Zee Marathi TV serial “Maajhya Navryaachi Baayko”, which she finds more challenging. The charming, articulate Isha spoke exclusively to The Afternoon D & C  Excerpts:

After playing a mythological character in “Jai Malhaar”, now you are in a new avatar playing a modern girl. What is the challenge you are facing?
There is a striking difference between both the roles. Although the character in “Jai Malhaar” was mythological and “new Shanaya” is a modern one, the latter is more challenging, because I have to portray the already established character.
 
So what special efforts you made to make your role more impressive?

Frankly I will be going  by the script and the vision of the directot. Since I had seen some of the past episodes, I do not find it difficult to adapt myself in this new role.
 
What about the wardrobe changes for your character?
Actress Rasika Sunil who was playing the original Shanaya was tall and a bit stout. As such I was finding it difficult to fit myself in her clothes. Hence a whole new set of clothes and footwear was brought for me.
 
How do you adjust with people who have already been in the soap from  very beginning?
Luckily, the cast and crew on the sets treat me very affectionately. Sometimes they even give me lovely surprise gifts.
 
Do you agree with Shanaya’s character?

The character alternates between positive or negative. If Shanaya is romantically inclined towards 'Gurunath', she is right in her own way. The sharing of joys and sorrows is essential for any romantic relationship.
 
What about your new upcoming films?
My two new Marathi films will be released soon. In one of the films, I am playing a negative role and in another, I am playing the main protagonist.
 
Which have been your earlier films?
I have a couple of films like “Mangalaashtak-Once More”, “We are on-Aatta Houn Jaaudya”, “Hello Nandan”, “CRD” (Hindi) and “Arey Aawaz Konacha” to my credit, but my roles were not of much significance in those films.
 
Who  are your role models?

I admire the dedication of Mukta Barve, Radhika Apte and Sai Tamhankar. They have proved themselves with their consistency. Besides their glamour-quotient, they are actresses in the real sense and I draw inspiration from them.
 
Do you remember any memorable incident in your career?
Not really. But new things like sheep rearing, cooking in fire flame etc, which I learnt during “Jai Malhaar” have gone into my memory graph and I consider them as part of my personality development.
 
What is your opinion about the “Me Too” campaign that has taken over the country with women opening up about assault and harassment?
It’s true that women  become victims of such shameful incidents. One just can’t anticipate who will become a victim where and when. It is shameful that the cognizance of such incidents is not taken. The victims should boldly approach the court to seek justice. Or it would be most appropriate if the guilty persons apologise  to bring down the curtain on such unpleasant incidents.

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