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'I am on top of world!' - Pratyusha Banerjee

The lucky girl who’s chosen to play the grown up Anandi on a tete-e-tete with Tellybuzz…

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Pratyusha Banerjee, the bong beauty who bagged the role of post-leap Anandi of Colors' Balika Vadhu is super excited about landing this much coveted offer. She is full of beans and cheerfully talks about how 'wished for but unexpected' her new job is for her!

Over to Pratyusha…

First of all congrats for bagging this role it's a huge responsibility, how are you feeling?

I am on top of world! I am very excited! I will give my 100 percent for  this show!

How will be the grown up Anandi?

The basic thing will be same. Grown up Anandi will be crispy but she will be soft spoken and a few other changes which  every grown up married woman undergoes for her family and her husband will be evident in her.

Are you nervous because  little Anandi has done a great job?

No, I am not at all nervous. Anandi is a fabulous  actress infact  on the other hand I am very excited.

Tell us about your background.

I am a Bengali girl. I belong to Jamshedpur. I did my studies in Kolkata from St. Xavier's College.

Were you interested in acting since childhood?

Not really… I've always been into cultural activities since childhood. I am a trained classical dancer. I did theater once so I thought why not try to get into acting and I tried and I got Balika Vadhu (smiles).

When you used to watch Balika Vadhu did it ever cross your mind that one day you will be Anandi…

You won't believe, yes I actually thought that this Anandi will some or the other day grow up and since I am in Jamshedpur maybe I can get to play her.

So how did you bag this role?

I sent my Portfolio to them and then I got a call for audition. So I came to Mumbai. I was given a script and I had to face the camera. Was nervous but gave my best and got selected.

This is your last year so how are you coping up with your studies?

Studies are important. I am completing my TY through distance education.

Tell us about your family?

I am the only child of my family and I live with my parents and paternal grandparents.

Why do you think people have voted you as older Anandi?

I think  I am quite similar to Anandi. It will be very challenging for me to play this role because people have voted me. First of all I have to say thank you to all of them for voting me and I will stand true to their  expectations.

What was your family's reaction when you told them about acting?

Initially they were very shocked but they always trusted me a lot and supported me in my every decision and now when they see me on screen they are very happy.

Your opinions on the issue of 'Child Marriage'. Your take on 'Balika Vadhu'?

Balika Vadhu was made with the message of discouraging child marriage and also it was shown what consequence the girl has to face. So I just want to give message that child marriage is really bad. What is the use of spoiling a 9 year old girl's life?

You have already started shooting so how are you finding the overall experience?

The people are really very sweet here. All of them are very co operative. I've never had any problems but I miss home very much.

How did you prepare yourself for this character?

I love carrying this outfit and it didn't take much effort from me for this role.

Your earliest performance?

I did one Kalidas play when I was 17, that was my first step towards acting.

Tell us about your first shot.

My first shot was my entry where I am waiting for Jagdish, that was shot in Rajasthan.

If not an actor what will you choose to be?

If not acting then I would be a singer 'cause I am a trained singer.

Reporter: Ranjini Nair
Author:Susan Jose


Pratyusha Banerjee Balika Vadhu  Colors 

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A-HELPING-HAND 10 years ago 2010-10-15 05:22:22
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adlabsd 10 years ago pratyusha and shashank really sweet couple
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radt 10 years ago hey!
ur becoming bettr every passing day!
keep up d gud wrk!
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majicrubbish 10 years ago I will say it will be very very tough to step into Avikas shoes. need to put more effort.
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rockinMJHT 10 years ago gud yaar
trained singer,trained dancer and a gud actor...............
very talented.....
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radt 10 years ago yooo!!!!!!!!! loved 5 aug telecast!!!!!!!!!!!!1 awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nisha_90 10 years ago gud luck..
pratyusha and shashank really make a cuteee coupleee
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radt 10 years ago loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee uuuuuuuuuuuuu
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tvcouchchips 10 years ago all the bst to the new anandi its a tall order she has to fulfill.. to match up to the cuteness of Avika is no mean task.. and then perform with actors like Surekhaji, Satyajit and Anup,... she needs good wishes
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Shilpa.Agarwal 10 years ago i think this gal is doing a fantabulous job......avika will be missed but she's greatt.....trained dancer n singer does show....lovely that she's bengali.....all d best to her!!
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