In conversation with Narayani Shastri

Stunner and class actor, Narayani Shastri, is enjoying her new stint in Star Plus show, Karna Sangini, based on Kavita Kane’s novel, Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen. She plays the role of Karna’s mother. “I haven’t done a mytho before, in the absence of strong characters like Draupadi. The best part about Radha is that she has lots of shades, first beginning as positive but later turns evil.”

“The biggest challenge in doing a mytho is the ornamental Hindi or Sanskrit. Normally, when you do a daily drama, you can use lots of synonyms to make up if you forget the lines, but here you have to follow the script.”

Point out that ratings have not improved despite changing the story from Mahabharat to Karna’s (Ashim Gulati) personal equation with his family and better half (Tejasswi Prakash), she says, “While I have been told that the numbers are better, as an artist I really don’t bother about things that are beyond my remit. All I can do is put in my best, and that is what I prefer to do.”

She refused to comment on the changes in the show and casting, saying, “I have just come in and one of the main reasons for saying yes was that I have heard a lot of good things about the producer, Shashi Sumeet Productions, and wanted to collaborate with them professionally,” says Narayani, who was last seen in Rishton Ka Chakravyuh.

When asked whether the new narrative might go awry for the creatives have started to add family drama to the book, she says, “Well, this was bound to happen, for this literary work is not more than 200 pages and we need to bead together a daily drama. Also, let’s face it; at the end of day, we have to serve what the audiences want.”

Looking ahead, Narayani, who has done a very steamy episode of ALTBalaji’s rural sex-based show, Gandii Baat, is unsure of doing more web projects, “For most of them seem pornographic. There are very good scripts as well, but somehow, the makers and I seem to move in different circles.”

She has no issues with nudity on screen, as along as the character has some meat and adds to the narrative,” she ends.

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