Shefali Shah’s best is yet to be: Now Stree-ming


As DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, Shefali created an unforgettable portrait of a woman calling the shots, displaying sensitivity, and making sure to get the job done. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.  

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So, if she is not a method actor, how does she prepare for a role, and allow the character to seep into her pores? What I didn’t know was that Netflix came on board only after two episodes of the show were first screened at Sundance. “The thing is that OTT platforms are not bound by box office dynamics where a film has to make money on a Friday or has to have a star or a dance number. I am one of those actors who asks the director to reduce my lines. The story was told in a manner that was very matter-of-fact and real. In Juice, for example, the character is irritated from the get-go, because she has already been in the kitchen for hours before the film starts, and this is not the first time she has been put through this humiliation.”

 

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I had to ask her, of course, about how she prepared and approached that heartbreaking last scene in Ankahee, which made many of us bawl. She elaborates that even today, every day on set can be nerve-wracking. OTT platforms have expanded the horizons for not just actors, but all creative artists- writers, directors, costume designers, everyone”, she adds. But the truth is she was doing her job. Also, shows like Delhi Crime started streaming in 190 countries simultaneously, so the bar is already so much higher when you compete at an international level. “Oh absolutely! I just couldn’t digest the fact she had to shut the door on him like that… I was a complete emotional wreck before and after shooting that scene. When you have the luxury of a camera that can come so close, you don’t need to say a lot. People are finally feeling confident that I can play a central character, or be the lead performer in a project, and that feels amazing.”
More power to you Shefali Shah! “According to me the scene is the final expression,” Shefali says. OTT platforms have played a huge role in helping her really get the parts that do justice to her talent. I wouldn’t call myself a method actor.” In fact, Shefali believes that she is not very good when it comes to the craft of acting. Over the years, we have seen her in television shows like Hasratein and Banegi Apni Baat, films like Monsoon Wedding, Satya, Mohabbatein and Waqt-Race against Time. After working in theatre, television and films, she made her web debut in the short film Juice, where she played Manju, a homemaker who decides to take a stand, or in her case a chair and a glass of juice and call out the misogyny in her home. “I get completely consumed by the material, “Shefali shares. She will also be seen in the second season of Delhi Crime as Vartika Chaturvedi, and in two films; Darlings with Alia Bhatt, and Dr. For quite a few years now, Shefali shares, she spends a lot of time brainstorming alone and with the director and writers to understand ‘who’ the woman she is playing is. “If my instincts cannot guide me, I am scared that my director will say ‘Action’ and I will just end up standing there not knowing what to do,” she says. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. I ask if she feels like the real creative challenges and fun has just begun and she agrees. “I can say the same lines in 50 different ways. Every role takes away a part of me. But does being consumed by the material mean she considers herself a method actor? opposite Ayushmann Khurana and Rakul Preet Singh. If she hadn’t been shown sleeping for the entire day, her body language would change accordingly. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. “I was in a really foul mood that day. Silences are extremely powerful, and this film really proved that you don’t need to say anything to be able to feel the emotions.”

 

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In 2021, and now maybe 2022 given the current grim scenario, Shefali is looking forward to a brand-new web series, Human, which is being produced by her husband Vipul Shah and directed by Vipul and Mozez Singh that will expose the dark underbelly of human drug trials. Delhi Crime changed the way I work, it was my learning curve.” Interestingly, she adds, “People perceive Vartika to be this iconic character. When it comes to an actor as talented as you, the best is truly yet to be. G. But what is important is understanding how this particular character will say it. Written by Saraswati Datar
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Shefali Shah's work on Delhi Crime had a tremendous impact on her as an actor. “There is no other way I can work. It’s amazing how after almost two decades in the business, filmmakers and audiences are truly realising Shefali’s immense potential. If Vartika had been shown having coffee in the previous scene, she would have to look more energetic in the next. (Photo: Netflix)
Shefali Shah isn’t a stranger to any of us. The focus is completely on the content, the story, and the characters. “I have been very lucky to be a part of some amazing films and shows, but this is the first time in my career that my performances are actually translating into more meaningful offers of work”. What is her story, what does she sound like, how does she speak, what is the baggage she is carrying, and what are the major milestones she has been through before we finally meet her? If it can be said in four words use two, if you need just two words, use zero. It’s a cycle, but I don’t know any other way,” she reveals. Also Read |Ankahi: A layered tale of love and lies
“It was a story of 5 days, so every moment had to be accounted for. I kept thinking that she is hopelessly in love with this man who lives just around the corner, but now she can never see him again, and she has to break his heart. “No. “I don’t have a very long resume, but I have a strong resume, Shefali shares. “No no, not at all. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd

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Shefali Shah Working on Delhi Crime also had a tremendous impact on her as an actor. So, when Shefali agreed to be the lead actor in this series, she didn’t know that a major streaming platform would acquire it and it would become the enormous success it is today. It’s exhausting, it drains me completely, and then enriches me. Then of course came the Emmy Award-winning series, Delhi Crime, which reset all the benchmarks for content being produced in India. We had to be extremely sensitive and responsible given the story we were telling.”https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png

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How does an actor manage to keep a sense of equanimity and objectivity when the matter is so heart wrenching, whether it’s the scene in Delhi Crime where the doctor describes the details of the victim’s injuries, or the devastating last scene of her story Ankahee in the Ajeeb Dasstaan anthology? It was a handheld shot, and I remember the DOP followed me as I sank to the ground in tears.”

But did the limited number of dialogues or coordinating sign language and gestures ever intimidate her while shooting for Ankahee?