Farnaz Shetty is finally enjoying dressing up and looking all glam for her role in &TV’s Waaris (Ashvini Yardi). Her character Manu had to first masquerade as a boy from childhood due to family gender issues.
“At first I was happy playing a guy as there was no makeup and heavy duty jewelry and dressing up needed, but overtime I started to miss my feminine side. Also another positive thing is that post the love affair between Preet and Rajveer (Neil Motwani), we have a lot of lighter and fresh moments which I was also missing. The plot had too much high drama till now. Also the fact that many of radical social and family stuff I never did as Manu I am now doing as Preet has won me lots of female support. ”
Remind her that the ratings are not too great and she gets defensive saying, “We are affected by the IPL as our telecast fall smack during peak match timings. Having said that I don’t work for numbers, for me my character is more important.”
Farnaz, who first got noticed in Veera, has dabbled in all mediums i.e. films, TV and also digital.
“I began with theater which gave me a good foundation. TV is a really good teacher for you don’t have much prep time, you are given the script just on the morning of the shoot. Due to lack of time, long scenes turn me off as I can’t give my best. Having said that my TV stint helped me a lot during my film (south and Hindi) journey for the speed with which have deliver content and spontaneity during challenges puts me in good stead. I personally like films for there is lot of preparations including workshops before going on floor, the director gives you the shot narration ten times before final take.”
Coming to new age medium Farnaz has acted in few shorts films (Whistling Woods students) and a web series. “Shorts are interesting for you need to tell the entire story in five minutes flat. This format is best for people who need a platform to showcase their talent. I am listening to a script of a new short film which I might green light for it will present me in a never seen before bold avatar. The sad part of Indian entertainment space is that you get typecast very easily. I want to break the notion that I am good only as the bahu there is much more in me which has not yet come out.”
We wish her all the best.