Decided to start with experimental plays instead of movies or series?
, inheritance : Yes, this medium was chosen thoughtfully. Drama was taught as a subject in my SPM school; So only friends related to plays were added. Accordingly, we were getting a ‘creative circle’. Since I am used to reading; Friends used to read books amongst themselves. Director Digpal Lanjekar used to teach us drama. After school, we started performing with his group. Actors Sooraj Parasnis and Shivraj Vachal were performing plays from their respective groups; So what we see in ourselves through what our ‘seniors’ are doing, how we want to act, was visible to us. I started the theatron so everyone could come together and work, and I started writing. There was no thought of making a career in it. Only this art was to be judged beyond the school. After working in a group, when I realized that I liked the field, I decided to pursue a career. ‘Don’t work,’ said Mrinal Kulkarni; But he encouraged writing and directing. Actually this area is like a double-edged sword. If my work is good then it will be criticized by saying ‘what is in blood’ and if it is bad then it will be criticized as ‘he doesn’t like that much’. I mean, success is not only mine and my failure will also be my mother’s, I always remember; So experimental theater led me to a different endeavor and an independent identity. While working in plays, I suddenly got a series and started acting.
Shivani : I wasn’t sure either. However, due to a long tradition of drama in Pune, he always participated in competitions such as storytelling and oratory in schools. Mother wanted to teach acting. She used to direct plays and that’s where my journey started. Since I was the big talker, I used to paint things. My mother came to know that I was inclined towards acting; But as important as studies were, I did my BA in English from Ferguson College. Being associated with the local art troupe, he began to look at the area seriously. Auditioned for a series and got selected. Then I moved from one job to another. I want every role to be different and age-appropriate. Mata Shravankavin is an important part of this career. I kept learning by doing. While doing series-films, he did not leave the side of drama.
You have just started a new relationship as husband and wife. Since both of them are in acting, how do you balance between career and giving time to each other?
, Shivani-Virajasi We both deal with our confidence when we choose to start our sporting activities. Whether you are going for a walk together or watching a movie at home. In the lockdown, we were able to give a lot of time to each other. I used to watch movies everyday. We also talked a lot on WhatsApp and video calls.
The Marathi series has given many new faces to the actresses. They are talented and glamorous. However, the hand-to-hand series is over and there is no new role coming soon. Glamorous films are not made for them. You belong to this generation. what do you think
Shivani : the fact that the series gave new, beautiful and acting faces. We are waiting for you as an artist. Better training, better roles. I think the role is what we think. I think casting is done on those same ideas. Of course, it matters how we look and how much we dress; But the actress and casting director should not believe this. Our image is based on our thoughts and ideas. However, it is equally important that appearance should not be considered standard. If casting depends on how well you do the reels, how many followers you have, how expensive the portfolio is, then this trend seems temporary to me. In the end, in this industry, acting is the only thing that matters, and as an artist, how much attention you pay to it, how much you train for it.
Trolling is increasing as the artist is a ‘public figure’. How do you handle this?
Shivani : I block such people. Why bother them mentally? Social media is a way to ‘connect’. The purpose of this medium is to talk to each other, hear opinions, discuss a topic, and those who don’t understand the purpose are better blocked than wasting energy in answering.
inheritance Trolling: Trolling is a deliberate statement to annoy the other person. I just ignore it. However, people who don’t know my work, who object to our personal preferences, get annoyed if someone makes a negative comment. Wants to have fun in front of trolling; But those who make statements with negative mindset suffer more. They are just venting their anger on social media; But in times like these, I pay attention to the loved ones.