Madhura Welankar Satam is a number one Marathi actress and a four-time State Award winner. She hails from a household of revered movie dignitaries which embody her producer father Mr. Pradeep Velankar and her father-in-law who has been part of one of many longest-running and well-liked TV exhibits CID which was aired on Sony TV. She has additionally appeared within the Hindi movie, Jajantaram Mamantaram. She is now venturing with a Hindi TV Present, Crime Subsequent Door, which can premiere on Disney+ Hotstar. It’s a multi-ensemble sequence the place she is forged reverse her former co-star Girish Kulkarni.
Crime Subsequent Door is an Indian mini net sequence. The sequence stars Yashpal Sharma, Mohan Kapur, Rajendra Gupta, and Anupriya Goenka. The sequence has been made below the banner of Neela Movie Productions. On this gripping crime thriller, a police officer solves among the most heinous and hardest homicide circumstances of his whole profession.
Madhur spoke to Bollywood Hungama for an unique interview to debate foraying to digital platforms and extra.
How was your expertise taking pictures in the midst of a pandemic?
Actually, we have been very lucky to have began in October after the scenario within the nation settled and completed earlier than it bought worse once more. After March (the preliminary nationwide lockdown), it was the primary time I used to be on the airport. Everybody was adapting to the brand new regular of carrying masks, PPE kits, and all of the precautions have been taken. Even whereas we have been taking pictures in Jaipur, there have been night time shoots, we have been at all times carrying masks, and the placement was getting sanitized from time to time. There weren’t lots of people on set always besides once we have been taking pictures for a component sequence, nonetheless everybody was carrying their masks and all their security precautions have been being taken care of. Generally, even I used to be getting irritated with the masks and make-up and hair but it surely’s in your personal good. And actually, I used to be prepared to do something and every thing so long as I get to work. I’m workaholic and we have been all confined to our homes since March, I loved the change and I used to be working again- I used to be thrilled. And at that time- all of us believed that the scenario would get higher so we have been all constructive!
You have got created a distinct segment for your self working in Marathi movies, how was the shift from theatre and films to taking pictures for an OTT platform?
I hail from a movie household and I began appearing after I was in Jr. Kg. I by no means deliberate on being an actor, actually. I first began with theatre, after which TV sequence and I labored in my first movie after I entered faculty Jajantaram Mamantaram. I wished to do no matter got here my approach, I wished to department out, do new issues, I wished to shock myself. However after I began out, Social Media wasn’t such an enormous deal. All of the movies have been primarily hero-heroine-centric movies, now there are movies for everybody. It’s not simply in regards to the hero or the heroine, it’s about everybody and age has no bar! Once more, I really feel like once you do films there’s a sure normal that we stay as much as and some topics that movies get made on however with OTT there are not any set limitations. And if as an artist you get to expertise that, it is vitally fulfilling and it teaches you a large number. Nothing makes an artist happier than creating and doing new issues.
What’s your completely satisfied place in relation to appearing; you will have ventured out and carried out theatre, films, and now a digital sequence? What offers you probably the most pleasure?
This query will get requested so regularly and I can by no means choose one. However to me theatre is like house, I did it even earlier than I aspired to change into an actor. My grandmother would write a narrative, my Mother would direct it and I’d act. However after I began out I began with theatre and movies collectively. And I imagine each the mediums have their very own appeal and I like being part of each. However I very strongly imagine that theatre teaches you the fundamentals to change into an actor. There’s a course of that’s adopted by every artist to dwell into mannerisms of the character and personal it once you do theatre. Theatre is stay, it’s uncooked and there are not any retakes and cuts. Since it’s stay in entrance of the viewers, you instantly get suggestions. And that’s what helps you in films as a result of films don’t get shot in a linear style however the theatre fundamentals provide help to perceive the character higher. However they each have their appeal; I can by no means choose one, socially between movies and theatre. There’s at all times a lot to study, discover and provides again and I like being on display screen simply as a lot as I like being on stage. OTT offers you an abundance of artistic freedom and you’ll painting issues the best way you want- it’s a problem in itself and I like taking challenges and exploring and studying one thing new.
How was it working with an ensemble forged for Crime Subsequent Door?
Crime Subsequent Door is a compilation of a number of movies and for my bit- I’ve labored with Ravi Shah and Girish Kulkarni. As for Girish, we’ve been mates for fairly a while and we did theatre collectively however we have been going through the digital camera for the very first time (collectively). It was lots of enjoyable, we have been each Maharashtrians, we spoke in Marathi on units. And the humorous part- we’re actually good mates however within the movie- we’re at all times preventing (laughs). And in between takes- we have been at all times speaking about films and theatre. I used to be working with Ravi Shah for the very first time and I recall a humorous incident whereby he was supposed to face up and the scene would lower. However one way or the other, he did not find yourself standing and the digital camera stored rolling, we have been all ready for him to face up and he misunderstood the scenario. And we have been all simply laughing and we clicked as co-actors. He additionally knew my father-in-law very properly, he has additionally carried out theatre, and we had a number of widespread pursuits. Because it was a homicide thriller the temper could be fairly solemn and Ravi would say a number of issues and everybody would burst out laughing. It was lots of enjoyable!
How enjoyable it’s to work in a number of industries and trip between languages?
I’ve labored primarily in Marathi movies and sequence. As for Hindi, I’ve carried out Jajantaram Mamantaram, one other movie that didn’t find yourself releasing with Yashpal Sharma, and one other sequence, that’s all. I’m not very fluent in English and Hindi and I used to be very acutely aware about my accent. This occurs with a number of Marathi actors, they get very acutely aware about their accent. And so many actors really feel this fashion, the concern and insecurity then limit you and also you don’t find yourself overcoming the concern. I staunchly imagine that everytime you take up a brand new function, it’s important to match into the character’s character, you study the best way they behave, you adapt their mannerism, you study new issues then why not work in your language, it’s half and parcel. You don’t have to know the nitty-gritty of the language however only for the character, we are able to at all times study. Our director Deepankar is from Jaipur and he’s very fluent in Hindi. I requested him to assist me get the dialect proper. And for Hindi, we now have grown up watching Hindi movies, speaking in Hindi but it surely’s typical Mumbai Hindi however for a personality, it’s at all times essential to get every thing appropriate and be natural. As an actor, you’ll be able to know tips on how to emote along with your eyes and showcase the change in your physique language, language you’ll be able to study on the best way.
You come from a household of actors and main movie and TV dignitaries, did you are feeling stress to stay as much as your father’s legacy or fill in his footwear?
I felt lots of stress after I began out and I used to be appearing with my dad within the serial. Folks at all times noticed him as a really revered actor and after I started I used to be fearful that in case I can not ship, I wouldn’t need folks to have a look at my father in another way or query him. My Mother used to conduct workshops and she or he used to show in my faculty and she or he was actually strict. Thankfully, my first serial was a success and other people began taking a look at me as an excellent artist however the stress was at all times there- as a result of I wished to persistently show myself and I didn’t need anybody to really feel like I’m right here due to my father. And after a number of years, I gained recognition and other people didn’t know me as Pradeep Velankar’s daughter and that was an enormous factor for me. However my dad and mom by no means put any stress on me, they at all times requested me to do no matter makes me completely satisfied and to try this with full dedication. Even after I bought married, my courtship was for eight years and I had labored with my father-in-law earlier than. And he’s a legend; I had already confirmed myself as an actor. He has by no means intervened with any determination; he has at all times revered my individuality, identical to my father. My household was very supportive, even after a child- everybody was very supportive. Earlier than I began work in Hindi, he requested me to proceed working with conviction and will probably be okay. To be sincere, I’m placing this stress on myself and my household is so supportive. So, I confirmed extra religion in my skills and stored working. However it’s at all times good to have them round, their recommendation actually issues. However now the tables have turned they (father and father in legislation) usually come and ask us tips on how to go about with issues.
Mr. Shivaji Satam, your father-in-law, has been part of the movies and probably the most well-liked and longest-running TV Present CID, did he offer you any particular recommendation earlier than you began working for Crime Subsequent Door?
Probably not! He simply requested me to be myself and never fear in regards to the language barrier. He requested me to simply be convincing as an actor and never take pointless stress. However I keep in mind, 5 months into my marriage, I used to be engaged on a movie with him that my husband was directing; we have been taking pictures for a scene the place I needed to yell at him and again reply him, zinc, he performed the function of my father within the movie and I used to be a bratty daughter. I used to be just a little intimidated and he sensed it, he isn’t a really expressive person who approach however he sensed my discomfort and put a hand on my shoulder and requested me to simply go for it which finally eased me out and I gave the shot.
The pandemic has introduced the movie and appearing trade to a grinding cease. How does it really feel as an entertainer to maintain your self motivated amid these grim instances?
I can’t keep nonetheless; I wish to maintain doing issues and maintain myself busy. I wrote my e-book and it bought revealed in 2019. I began a present known as Madhurav, it was a compilation of 40 episodes and focuses on folks’s writing the place folks can categorical themselves by means of writing. A number of folks wrote to me and advised me that they have been depressed and writing actually helped them come out of it. For any author, the largest dream is to get their work revealed and I revealed their work in a compiled e-book. I used to be additionally conferred with the COVID Yoddha award by the Governor of Maharashtra for infusing positivity within the folks by means of the episodes and books in the course of the robust instances. That was a really enriching expertise for me. We did every thing without spending a dime and we have been all so hooked up to the present however I finished it as a result of the exclusivity ought to be maintained. My seven-year-old son was additionally trying ahead to it and he stored asking me in regards to the present once we stopped. The present impacted my household so intently and everybody was so concerned, it was great. Then in September, I began engaged on this present. We additionally began engaged on our house manufacturing with my husband the place we now have each acted and we have been engaged on it in October, we shot in December and January and by February we have been carried out. The movie is now within the works and is getting edited and we’ll work on the remainder after the lockdown. I imagine once you love one thing, you need to by no means cease doing it. I’m additionally doing my post-graduation now, after 18 years. I’m finding out once more; I can by no means sit at house and by no means do something. My mates usually inform me that I can by no means take a break and I agree. Folks ought to maintain doing what they like, even when they’re at house they will take advantage of their time. There are days once we really feel low, however it’s robust for everybody. Nobody might help you, it’s important to face it, discover, study new issues, and create new issues and it satisfies you.
The viewers’s focus is now shifting to OTT platforms and TV Sequence, what are your views on that?
Actually, that was the one type of leisure obtainable in the course of the pandemic and it stored them hooked. It’s mainly like adopting the brand new regular. The OTT medium is flourishing and there are not any limitations, we are able to maintain exploring and creating new issues. Tv ought to evolve, it has its limitations as a result of it caters to everybody, and OTT viewers’ discretion is a significant component and other people can watch no matter they like. However once more, typically issues which can be proven don’t present actuality. Mainly, they stereotyped girls even now and that shouldn’t be carried out. Girls have come a great distance and they need to be proven in a greater mild. Issues ought to be portrayed extra realistically and content-wise they need to develop, so folks can see the reality of life. You will need to present characters as people and painting them in a extra genuine approach. There are serials which can be doing good work and that ought to improve.
Any current film or OTT sequence you watched that had you fully hooked and blew your thoughts?
I beloved Paatal Lok. When it was launched, I wasn’t very positive as a result of the title was so damaging however after I watched it, I completely beloved it. The lead actress is such a beautiful artist. I additionally completed The Queen Season 4. I like the present as a result of they’re making a present on somebody who remains to be alive and right here, when she portrays any character residing or lifeless, everybody will get very hurt- it will get tough and issues can’t be proven. Within the show- they’ve showcased the great and the dangerous and all of it has been portrayed and we are able to actually study from it.
Hailing from a movie household, are all of the dinner desk conversations about films?
We at all times say that once we are collectively, it is sort of a competition. I keep in mind when my father-in-law was in CID, he used to shoot at a stretch of 20-25 days. Both him, my husband, or me, certainly one of us was at all times working. In the course of the pandemic, we now have heard so many tales from their previous (father and father in legislation). It’s so stunning as a result of they actually return to these days and they’re very possessive about these tales. They virtually have a childlike pleasure and it’s very heartwarming to see. Once more, being from the identical discipline these tales are actually useful. Tales about how they handled folks, tackled conditions, their good, and dangerous experiences and it’s nice studying. My households from either side are revered for the best way they’re, they’re simply themselves they usually do not placed on any false masks. It’s one thing to look as much as; it actually helps as an artist. They at all times say – Be Your self and Focus in your Work and every thing will comply with. And in small, small methods we use their recommendation and we simply have to make use of their recommendation as a souvenir and its treasured.
Since it is a thriller, what are you able to inform us in regards to the sequence with out giving an excessive amount of away?
It’s a thriller and begins with husband-wife problems however there’s a social gathering and there’s an accident after the social gathering after which there are a sequence of incidents, thereafter. It’s a particularly unpredictable finish and what’s actually thrilling is- it’s a actual story. It is vitally unpredictable and it’s a story of misunderstandings and misconceptions and all of it unfolds with uncertainty. We have been taking pictures in Rajasthan and it’s a story from Rajasthan, some unit members additionally knew in regards to the couple from the actual story. We simply wished to ensure we keep true to the character and I want to specify that it’s based mostly on a real story. The motion sequences, make-up was on level. Once I posted an image of Girish and Me with a scar on my head, everybody was asking me what occurred and it was so sensible. The journey was so exact and apt, it was completely nice!
You have got labored within the movie trade for 24 years, that’s a very long time: Any takeaways?
I began appearing in Jr. Kg and I began working after I was in 10th grade. My dad at all times says, there’ll at all times be modifications, ups and downs, you simply should carry out. You could know the positives and negatives, the highs and lows however you simply should be extraordinarily passionate and convincing as an actor. My mother at all times says that you simply shouldn’t cease studying, there’ll at all times be one thing to study. You need to maintain your ears and eyes open. You need to unlearn and learn- it’s a tough course of. Take a break, unlearn issues after which get again to work. You need to be open to vary and continue to learn like a scholar; there will likely be new challenges and new issues to study. Even now, Mr. Bachchan says that each time I take up a undertaking, I’m nervous. The anxiousness ought to be there, it retains you going!
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