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‘Most viewers are intrigued by themes like past-life and rebirth’: Priya Marathe

Thursday, October 12, 2017
By Raju Venekar

Despite ongoing debates over certain topics,  people are curious about subjects like rebirth, says glamorous TV actress Priya Marathe, now essaying a role of a mother in Hindi TV soap ‘Ayushmaan Bhava’ (May you live a long life), being telecast on Star Bharat. She spoke exclusively to The Afternoon D&C. Excerpts:

What is the storyline of 'Ayushmaan Bhava'?
Set against the backdrop of Mathura (UP), it is a poignant tale of an eight-year-old boy whose childhood is not as simple as others. Like other children of his age, Krish (Ricky Patel) plays with toys and games but he also harbours a burning desire to seek justice for the wrong doings in his past life.

But do you believe in such unconventional subjects ?
There is no question of my liking. What is important is whether home-viewers like it or not. This story with an intriguing theme of rebirth and past life is certainly interesting, which makes viewers curious and they enjoy it.

What role your are playing in this soap?
I am playing the role of Krish’s mother, who is very talented but at times too naughty. Both of us have a very good chemistry. This is a new experience for me.

How come you chose to play a mother?
Initially I was a bit reluctant. But eventually I agreed because the role provides me a mental stimulus and keeps me get going.

How did you get accustomed with the custom of covering head with the saree pallu, in this soap?
Maybe, it’s a bit uncomfortable, but it has its own fun and charm.

You began with 'Ya Sukhano Ya' (Zee Marathi) followed by 'Kalat Nakalat', ‘Char Divas Saasuche’, ‘Ha Khel Saavalyancha’ etc. In Hindi you debuted with 'Kasam Se', followed by 'Comedy Circus', 'Bade Acche Lagte Hai', 'Pavitra Rishta', 'Bharat Ka Veer Putra ..Maharana Pratap' etc. Which soap gave you more recognition?
My role in Balaji Telefilms’ 'Pavitra Rishta' gave me  better recognition.

Between the mix of Marathi and Hindi TV soaps, which serials you like the most?
Of course Marathi, my mother-tongue, is my first love. But Hindi soaps have given me more nationwide exposure.
Today the people of different communities know me instantly.

Have you experienced any strange incident in real life, where audience have questioned you, about your character in the serial?
Yes. Some time back, I was at a social function. One old lady came forward and squeezed my hand and scolded me for essaying the role of 'Manjiri' in 'Pavitra Rishta'. I was happy that I was able to perform so convincingly.

You have married Shantanu Moghe, the son of veteran actor Shrikant Moghe. How did it happen?
Couple of years ago, we met at our common friend’s place. Then, we started meeting each other and soon  had a love marriage. Shantanu is also an actor like his father, who is a veteran actor from Marathi theatre, television and film industry. My mother-in-law is a doctor. They all encourage me and offer provide guidance.

What about your future projects ?
Right now I am concentrating only on 'Ayushmaan Bhava'.

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