15 June, 2021

Rasika Dugal

An actress who has carved a niche for herself, Rasika Dugal has starred in Kshay and Qissa, and is in a new biopic of Sadat Hasan Manto and a Malayalam film

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Rasika Dugal

When was your first brush with films?

My aunt and uncle had a video library in Jamshedpur and it all started with VHS tapes.

You’ve worked with big names early in your career. How did that help?

I was very fortunate. Such directors comfort you.

What are the challenges of working with production houses from around the world?

It is challenging to work with different energies but that is the fun of it.

What did you make of  the experience of playing Manto’s wife?

What Nandita Das (the dir­ector) told me about Manto is that he was a doting husband. It’s a very amusing side to him that we do not know of. The role does run the risk of a stereotype but that is the challenge.

As a process: cinema or theatre?

Filmmaking, it has been my first love.

Any films from Bollywood that caught your eye this year?

Neerja and Udta Punjab caught my eye.

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