Narayani Shastri: I just could not make myself do a ‘saas-bahu’ serial

She may be just 33 years old but Narayani Shastri has no qualms at playing a mother to a grown up girl in her forthcoming TV show Phir Subah Hogi

The actor explains her reasons and states that she takes up the best options from whatever is available to her. “I have a very limited thought process. I don’t think what the audience will think or in the bigger picture where the project lies. I follow my gut instinct and get started,” said Narayani. She has spent over a decade in the television industry and rues that makers just follow a pattern and that she has to choose from available options.

“TV industry in India has always followed a pattern. Either there are saas-bahu serials or stupid comedy shows. Now it is the regional tale. If a person makes a show, it works then everybody else just follows it. I don’t like this but I cannot sit like a princess and ask them to make a good show, then only I will work. So I am just taking up the best option that comes my way,” she added.

Last seen in Namak Haraam on Real TV as the lead, she will play a Raai dancer Gulabia in Phir Subah Hogi, which is said to be based on a real life story. The show will go live on Zee TV on April 17 and narrate the story of the Bedia tribe of Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region. Narayani considers herself lucky to get the role where she could challenge herself as an actor. “After doing an amazing project like Namak Haraam, I just could not make myself do a saas-bahu. But I liked my character, the storyline is good and moreover, the project challenged me in every possible way – the language is different, the character is also very strange, the look is so different,” she said.

In the show Narayani’s character is caught between the whirlpool of societal norms and her daughter, who wants to break free from all customs. The actor made her TV debut on Doordarshan with Kahani Saat Pheron Ki and later went on to do shows like Piya Ka Ghar, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Mamta. The actor admits she is not a method actor and added: “I don’t sit and think that I will move my hands and give a particular kind of expression. There are actors who do that, I don’t because that confuses me. I read the script and act naturally when I shoot a scene.”


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