Candid chat with Shweta Gulati 

Hope stage could pay better: Shweta Gulati 

TV actor Shweta Gulati, better known as Tia of Remix, is all set to essay another lead stage role.

She plays the title character in the Hindi adaption of the still-running well-known Marathi play, Ananya (200 shows). “After winning critical acclaim and awards in this regional language, director Pratap Phad wanted to reach a wider audience. Hence, we moved to the lingua franca of the nation, and I am lucky to have got a chance to show my skills.” “Ananya is a sweet middle-class college topper, who lives by the book. A big setback happens and how she emerges out of it is what our feel-good slice-of-life presentation is all about. We have beautifully shown her relationship with her father, brother and partner, who too get inspired by her fightback.”

“The biggest challenge here, given the story, is that there is no space for improvisation, which normally happens in most theatre shows. Rather, we need to know our lines and expressions to the T. It is very difficult for any actor to speak in the same tone and style all the time.”

“Also, I had to do lots of body-training, given the huge amount of physical scenes.”

Here, she did not say as to what kind of stunts she will pull on stage. “Why don’t you watch and find out for yourself.” Her other reputed tube shows have been Zara Nachke Dikha (hosted with Karan Singh Grover), Dill Mill Gayye and Jo Biwi Se Kare Pyaar.

Shweta, who has done 17 plays (Jhumro) before this, says, “Stage is my first love. The adrenaline rush of performing live is totally something else. But sadly, it does not pay much.”

Like most TV actors, Shweta too has been bitten by the net phenomenon. After doing Bejoy Nambiar’s edgy Flip earlier this year, she was also recently a part of the Alt Balaji horror comedy, Booo Sabki Phategi.

“It was fun working with Tusshar Kapoor, who was so down to earth.”

For the moment, she does not have anything on the tube after Partners. “I had a great time working with Johnny Lever, Kiku Sharda and Vipul Roy. Paritosh Painter is a director par excellence. We have worked together in my other play, Selfie, as well.”

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