My mother always wanted me to complete my graduation- Deepti Shrikant
Deepti Shrikant has been in the acting profession for quite some time now. But,
now her prominent role in 'Mala Saasu Havi' serial on Zee Marathi at Prime time,
has brought her into limelight. Marathi Movie world spoke to this gorgeous
talented actress. Excerpts from the interview:
Q. Tell us something about your educational background.
A: I am originally from Sadashiv Peth, Pune and studied initially in Dnyan
Prabodhini school and later shifted to Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya for my 11th and
12th. Later, I completed my commerce graduation from MMCC college.
Q: Since when you are associated with acting ?
A: It all began from my school days, when I used to perform in children's one
act plays. Being part of Maharashtra Cultural Centre, I had an opportunity to do
a lot of theatre and participated in Purshottam and Suman Shield competitions,
besides Inter School and Inter collegiate competitions. No wonder, today you
find any actor from Pune having groomed through these competitions. And, I am no
Q: When exactly you realized that your hobby had turned into career ?
A: While taking part into various competitions, people like Chetan Datar and Dr.
had observed my talent and they suggested my mother to permit me to
pursue career in acting. In fact, my mother, who was interested in acting, could
not fulfill her wish. When she noticed my ability, her confidence increased and
she supported me thereafter. But, when first performed a small role in the film
'Pak Pak Pakak', I realized that I could do better. At that time, my mother
insisted that I first complete my graduation and then do whatever I loved to do.
Q: But then how your career actually took off ?
A: I began my career with a E TV serial 'Pankhanchi Savali'. Ravindra Mankani
was a well known name in this serial. It was through this serial people started
recognizing me; but, my roles in 'Avaghachi Sansar', 'Char Divas Sasuche' and
'Sataa Janmachya Gathi' brought me name and fame.
Q: Then, how did you turn towards Hindi serials?
A: While shooting for 'Avaghachi Sansar', Suhita tai and Vihang Kaka suggested
me to try in Hindi, as they felt that I had the required looks and spoke Hindi
well. So, one day when I was free, I gave audition and got selected to play lead
role in Zee TV's Hindi serial 'Parivar'. It all happened all of a sudden. For
two and half years I was associated with this serial and during this period, I
completed my M.Com. I had also finished a course in Software Graphic designing.
Q: When did you make a comeback in Marathi ?
A: An year after 'Parivar' I made a comeback into Marathi through 'Antarpat' and
also did a film 'Samar Ek Sangharsha'.
Q: But, you also continued in Hindi, isn't it ?
A: After 'Antarpat', I was receiving offers from Hindi. So, I did
'Bhagyavidhata' for Colours channel. And after shedding tears through that role,
I turned towards comedy on SAB TV's 'Don't worry Chachi'. It was a small
journey, but I enjoyed.During this period, I had an opportunity to work with
many well known actors, including Swapnil Joshi.
Q: Now, tell us something about your role in latest serial 'Mala Sasu Havi'.
A: I haven't performed this kind of role before. The girl I play is not only
smart and confident; but, is a decision maker. She is not the type of one you
find in other serials, going through sufferings. This serial is a humour filled
show. I would call it a emotion filled comedy. My character in this serial takes
an important decision to save the house from division. So, she goes in search of
a Mother in law for the house.
Q: But, why is the Mother in law required ?
A: It's because, I come from a well to do family. But, I am deprived of love and
hence I look for love in this joint family of Rishi. Soon I realize that my two
sisters in law do not want to stay together. So, taking my father in law into
confidence, I go in search of a mother in law, who would command the house
strictly. This is an entertaining serial and I am sure, the audience would enjoy
by Chetana Gavkhadkar © MMW