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'There are so many good stories being told on TV'
Debarati Palit Singh | Tuesday, 18 April 2017 AT 07:32 PM IST
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Shilpa Shirodkar, who will be seen in Colors’ medical drama Savitri Devi College and Hospital, gets candid about her character, and why she has stayed away from films.

After taking break from Bollywood, Shilpa Shirodkar is seen playing substantial roles on television. The actress, who was last seen in Star Plus’ Silsila Pyaar Ka, will play a pivotal role in Colors’ upcoming medical drama titled Savitri Devi College and Hospital.

During a press interaction in Mumbai, Shilpa along with the producer Rashmi Sharma, co-stars Mohan Kapoor and Swardha Thigale had lots to speak about the show, which will go on air by end of this month.

Talking about her character, Shilpa said that she plays the protagonist’s (played by Swardha) mother and as the show progresses the audience will get to see different shades in her character. “There’s a revenge angle because of which she wants her daughter to do her internship at Savitri Devi College and Hospital. Hers and Mohan’s character have some past issues.”
The actress adds that Savitri Devi… is a different kind of show. “I haven’t seen a medical drama on TV for a long time. I hope it works with the audience.”

Surprisingly, Shilpa before shooting the promo had not read the script or knew nothing about her character. “I was in Dubai holidaying with family when Rashmi ji and Pawan ji, with whom I have already done a show, called me for this one. They wanted me to come back for a day. I had no idea that we were shooting the promo. I know they will not use me for nothing. So I came back for a day, read the story. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Shilpa admits that she has been truly blessed to work with producers who have never misused her talent. “My producers have always been good to me and I am truly blessed,” says the Ek Mutthi Aasman actress. 
However, Shilpa has only be seen in the role of mothers on television. Does that restrict her as an actress? Is it a challenge to break out of the mould?

“We are only performing what is written. So the challenge lies more with the writer. They have to bring variations to the character. In Savitri…the mother is not wrong, even even though she has an agenda of her own. She will not motivate her daughter to do anything wrong.”

But it was her last role in Silsila Pyaar Ka where she played a negative character that drew a lot of eyeballs. “It was big challenge playing that character. In fact my daughter used to tell me, ‘I am not going to school. What are you doing? You are so mean’. But it was fun doing something which I am not.”

Shilpa calls herself a director’s actor. “When you follow the director, it’s easy to go into the skin of the character and when that happens the journey becomes easy too.”

The actress, who has been part of films like Dil Hi To Hai, Gopi Kishan, Pehchaan, Khuda Gawah, says that as an actor she get a lot of liberty on television.

“The serials run for a longer duration on TV. And, so you can get into details about the character and story, which is not possible to do so in films. That’s because you have complete a film in certain time.”

Why haven’t we seen in films to which she replies, “There no scope for actors like us on the silver screen. Also, there are so many good stories being told on TV. As an actor it’s better to do something that people respect you for. I have done lot of films.”

The author can be followed on Twitter @DebaratiPalitSi

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