Sayantani Ghosh talks about playing Kunti in STAR Plus’ Karn Sangani.

Sayantani Ghosh, who is playing the character of Kunti, in STAR Plus’ Karn Sangani, says, “Our USP is that it is not one more Mahabharata, as many think. Based on Kavita Kane’s novel, Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Queen, it is a different take on the life of Karn, as seen through the eyes of his wife, Urvi. There will obviously be references to the Mahabharata, but the story is different from the original Ved Vyas composition.”

Talking about her character, she says, “Kunti is a very complex character. It was her immature youth-induced action of abandoning her son Karn when he was born, which doomed him to a life of a Sud putra. She always favoured Arjun over him, but in the end, the mother in her was torn between her sons in this epic struggle.”

“I have always supported Karn for he was the underdog. Arjun, on the other hand, is an author-backed character. On a clear scale, Karn was better or at least on par with Arjun; yet, was always judged by where he came from, and not by his talent and calibre. Sadly, such discriminations continue to date and need to eventually go.”

“The best part of our show is that we don’t follow the normal mytho template in terms of very heavy costumes/props; rather, we have tried to interpret the ending of the Dwapar Yug in our contemporary thinking. Similarly, lack of ornamental Hindi will appeal more to generation next.”

Will your character age on screen? “No TV character ever ages; and this is all the more true for mythologies.”

In closing, since Sayantani was also part of Bigg Boss 6 (2012), we ask her views about the current season, to which she replies, “I am not interested in this show anymore, finding it quite boring. Last season was quite engaging, for it involved folks I knew.”

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