Madirakshi Mundle of Star Bharat show, Jag Janani Maa Vaishno Devi – Kahani Mata Rani Ki, is taking the open-ended lockdown in her stride. “I am reading a few books, checking out Netflix series and yes, helping out with the daily chores. I have become so adept at cleaning utensils that I can see my face on it once dry (smiles). I have not left my apartment floor since the 17th of March. As my aged parents will live with me, I have to be extra careful. I order all my stuff online, and the building watch put it the lift,” says this talented actor who has also done a south Indian film.
Any idea about shoot resumption? “No, but I hope that the channels give some leeway once lockdown lifts. Don’t expect everyone to return to work, as there is a lot of fear, which will take a bit to abate.”
Will gap in the coming of fresh episodes lead to loss of audience traction?
“I don’t think for mythology genre is a new rage. This phenomenon is good for it helps the younger generation reconnect with our culture.”
Interestingly her other mytho, Siya Ke Ram is also on air. “I am so glad that our story was unlike Lord Rama focussed Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, where Sita did not have much to do. While our story narrated the Tulsidas’s work from her perspective.”
When we ask to explain today’s success of library mythos, she opines, “Retro value. Mom tells me how they would light diyas every Sunday morning. I too love Arun Govil and Dipika Chiklia’s acting. I finish all my chores in time so that I can check out Ramayan every evening. But, our series enjoy the benefit of better computer graphics and visual effects.”
In closing, Madirakshi is not a very big fan of nudity on the web, “I would be game for the content which B -Town divas like Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi did back in their day. Rani Mukherjee type role would also be more than welcome.”