`We are more like friends and have fun in between shots’
Says Anahita Bhooshan of Sony SAB’s Baalveer Returns
• How does it feel to be a part of Sony SAB's fantasy show Baalveer Returns?
• It just feels really amazing to be a part of the Sony SAB family especially with a show like Baalveer Returns. I usually have my scenes just with Dev and it has been a great experience for me as he is very supportive – just the way an ideal co-star should be.
• What was your reaction when you were approached for the role of Ananya?
• I had been giving a lot of auditions and gave one for this role as well. When I got to know that I have got selected for this role, I was delighted because I always wanted to play a character like Ananya. The main reason behind this is that I am nothing like Ananya and we are just two opposite personalities. For example, Ananya is a talkative person but I have a taciturn nature. So, it was something different that I was getting to play. I know there are a lot of challenges coming my way with Ananya’s character, as the character is going to evolve and there will be many twists and turns. I'm just happy and waiting to overcome all the challenges.
• Tell us about your character, Ananya.
• Ananya is very chatty, talkative and usually doesn't allow anyone to speak in front of her. There are lot of different shades in Ananya’s character and slowly there will be a lot of interesting changes in her character that will entertain the viewers. But for now, she's a very bubbly girl and does what she feels is right for her.
• How has it been working with the cast?
• Although I’ve met everyone on the set, I don’t get to interact with all of them a lot as most of my scenes are only with Dev. However, what I noticed is that everyone on the set is extremely sweet and I feel really comfortable working with them.
• How is the atmosphere on the set?
• The atmosphere on the set is very light and we often take out time to have fun. Our director and Dev have been taking my case for some or the other reason because I take a little time to understand things and hence, they tend to call me ‘tubelight’. So, I end up being the easy target for pranks and jokes but that’s the kind of fun we have on set. We don’t just come, read our dialogues and go. We are more like friends and have fun in between shots.
• Did you do any specific preparation to get hands-on with this role?
• With television comes a lot of responsibility. I have shot a film and there I would get my scenes, rehearse them beforehand and then give my shot. However, here, it’s a little challenging because you are given your scene a while before the shot and are supposed to learn the lines quickly. Personally, I require a little time to understand and learn my dialogues so it was a bit difficult initially but it is getting better with time. Although I believe that it will take a little more time to perfect this and I am pushing myself towards that. So, my preparation actually goes into improving my performance day by day.
Currently, the bigger challenge is to do the scenes with a fractured leg as I met with an accident a few days back. However, I feel motivated to come to the shoot every day and perform this character with increased passion.
• Which is your favorite show on Sony SAB?
• As a kid I have always watched Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah on Sony SAB. I have also heard that Aladdin: Naam Toh Suna Hoga is an amazing show but I haven’t been able to watch it as I didn’t have a television at my house in Mumbai for almost 2-3 years. However, I am definitely going to watch these shows now on Sony SAB.