Shreya Dhanwanthary on Scam 1992: Hansal Mehta has outdone himself once again


Normally when you are playing a character, you want to understand rather than judging them. It is a lot to play given she is such an accomplished person. Hansal gave me a very great suggestion that it will come more naturally if I internalise all the research, and become more of the character. Also, what worked for me was that initially I did not really understand what he pulled off. There is a thin line between playing a person and caricaturing them. It was very intense but went quite well. Did you meet Sucheta Dalal before playing her? I did meet her once, but we didn’t really talk. He would even be particular about which side I carry the bag, or hold a book. The show will unravel the man and the story behind India’s biggest securities scandal. But one thing we wanted to make sure was that I wasn’t imitating. Did you add a bit of Shreya in it? And this was a story from the time I wasn’t even born. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Even Jay Mehta, who is co-directing the show, took care of everything from the word go. The costume and artwork is breathtaking. So that’s a quirk that you will see in the character I play. It really helps if you approach it with empathy. Written by Sana Farzeen
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October 8, 2020 6:09:43 pm

Shreya Dhanwanthary plays business journalist Sucheta Dalal in Scam 1992- The Harshad Mehta Story. I hope all of you give us some love and enjoy watching the show. When you are part of a story that involves a scam and controversy, how important is it to keep your personal opinions aside? However, given I am playing the great Sucheta Dalal, who is a living breathing person, it does give me jitters. I had to sit down with my dad, who explained the entire scam to me. Since the show is based in the 80-90s, how was it to shoot? It’s a fantastic show, and I am saying it because I have already seen it. Excerpts from the conversation:
Scam 1992 is set to release tomorrow. What can we expect from the 1992 Scam? One facet that we did add was that Sucheta thinks very fast, and when you have to get all the information from her mind quickly, you tend to speak a little faster. Pratik Gandhi will surprise you, and Hansal Mehta has outdone himself once again. Scam 1992 – The Harshad Mehta Story also stars Satish Kaushik, Sharib Hashmi, Anant Mahadevan, Nikhil Dwivedi, KK Raina, Lalit Parimoo among more. And suddenly I got a call that I was in, and in a couple of months, we went on the floor. (Photo: PR Handout)SonyLIV’s latest offering Scam 1992 – The Harshad Mehta Story is set to stream from October 9. So how did the show happen to you? I am a huge Hansal Mehta fan, and when I got to know that he is directing it, I begged and begged for an audition. So my research was mostly the archival footage, and of course the voice she has when she writes those news articles. Of course, there was reference, and we wanted to do justice to the material available. The entire scam was unraveled by her. I have always been a fan of period stuff, and things that are not related to me. What was your process while playing the part. It was just too much fun. It was amazing. What’s the emotion right now?https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
I am extremely nervous and equally excited. It just made the show even better. And then there was the writers and directors’ vision. However, I did not hear from them for quite a long time. Everyone knows her. The music of the show is also amazing, and I can go on and on talking about it (laughs). As you rightly mentioned, she is a real person, and viewers would have a reference to judge…
(Cuts in) That’s exactly why I am nervous. She broke the news about something so massive. The scene that you guys saw in the teaser was my audition, and it was a huge seven-page long scene. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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SonyLiv In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, Shreya spoke about her new project, getting into the skin of her character and more. I enjoy playing characters which are not even remotely close to me. She is the recipient of the biggest civilian award. I was mostly observing her. Helmed by Hansal Mehta, the 10-episode series will have Pratik Gandhi play the titular role of the controversial stockbroker, while Shreya Dhanwanthary will play Sucheta Dalal, the journalist who investigated and reported the scam. So yes, understanding helps in playing such parts. We have an amazing ensemble, and most in the team have worked on it for more than two years. I have seen the show, and I don’t know if it’s a good omen to talk about it, but it has come out fantastic. And in such meetings, you are at your best behavior.