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'Motherhood is a divine, ecstatic super-experience': Patralekhaa

Thursday, May 09, 2019
By Chaitanya Padukone

In the fickle-minded showbiz industry known for its off-screen ‘badltey rishtey’ especially the romantic ones between two actors, the Patralekhaa Paul--Rajkummar Rao rock-steady relationship is among the exceptional ones, that has stood the test of time. In fact the doting dude Rajkummar has even declared his girl-friend Patralekhaa as a “wonder-girl who makes him proud” whilst cross-promoting her latest maverick web-zone movie ‘Badnaam Gali’ on ZEE5 which starts streaming this Friday, on the eve of ‘Mother’s Day’.  In this bold yet funny movie, hot-babe Patralekhaa (of ‘Love Games’) plays the ‘single surrogate mother’, which in turn makes her residential alley infamous. The Afternoon D&C met with the articulate Patralekhaa who came up with candid responses.

As an extra-choosey actress what was the ‘challenge’ in playing a single surrogate mother in ZEE5 movie ‘Badnaam Gali’?
Convincingly playing a pregnant mother, yet without even being the mother of the child. Previously in ‘Citylights’ (2014) I also played an actual mother with a little daughter and I had my screen-husband (Rajkummar Rao). But that was distinctly different from this character. Here I had to feel something that I had never ever felt.

What was the ‘prep’ you had to put in for the expecting mother character?
It was a different type of ‘labour pains’ that an actress has to go thru (laughs). Initially, I had to get inputs from ladies who have been or were pregnant in terms of correct body-posture, physical movements etc. After creating the ‘baby bump’ on my tummy, through prosthetics, I had to keep bending backwards. Gradually my body also aligned and shaped up that way. We had to shoot mostly outdoors, being grilled in the scorching heat of Delhi (laughs). But yet, all these are good, fond memories plus my character is exuberant, frank and fun-loving.

Was your character subjected to the legal guidelines of surrogacy?
Our film is not only about surrogacy, that’s just a part of it. It’s more about our double-standards in our society which has myopic views about an individual which is this girl—played by me. Then there is this hot-headed, at-times-even-violent Punjabi dude-mundaa Raano (played by fabulous actor Divyendu Sharma) who comes into my life, who also has his biased judgmental views and hates me initially.

Is there a romantic undercurrent also?
No, it’s not a love-story. It’s more about the friendship-bonding that develops later between the surrogate young single mother and this rough, rugged boy. There is an undercurrent of fun-humour-comedy and a social message as well.

Are you also open to TV shows and more web-series?
Of course, I am open to life and embrace work as it comes as long, as long as it is exciting enough and makes me happy. Currently, there is a new Hindi movie and a South regional film in my kitty.

Your sentiments for ‘Mothers’ Day’ (this Sunday)?
Even an entire lifetime falls short to reciprocate your mother’s unconditional love and affection. It’s priceless and infinite. Motherhood is a divine, ecstatic super-experience.

Your dream-wish…
Quite a few, one of them being to share ‘screen-space’ with the charismatic, magnetic super-star Shah Rukh Khan. As of now, I have only personally met him.

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