Actress Bharati Perwani, who is best known for her work in Meghna Gulzar's Chhapaak, Dharma's Bhoot: Part One - The Haunted Ship, Devashish Makhija's Bhonsale and her META award-winning play "Hunkaro" to name a few, is currently garnering accolades for the portrayal of character Ram Pyaari in 'The Great Indian Family' starring alongside Vicky Kaushal, Manushi Chillar, Kumud Mishra and others.
The actress spoke at length about how she prepped for her character and her working experience in the film.
Bharati shared, "When I received my first call from Yashraj Films, I was overjoyed. They informed me that the role was a primary character and asked me to audition. On that day, I was leaving for a theatre production, so I informed them that I would send my audition as soon as I had time. After a few days, I discussed the opportunity with my friends, who encouraged me to go for it as it was a very good one. I submitted my audition, and upon my arrival in Mumbai, I received a call informing me that I had been selected for the role in a single round of auditions."
On speaking about her role, the actress divulged, "My character name is Ram Pyaari, an important member of the family in the film. She is the one who takes care of everyone and holds the house together. She has her own strong opinions and perspectives. Since the film is about diversity and progressive families, her presence in every frame and even in the family photo is particularly fitting and relatable to the subject matter. She is the only character who is not directly related to the family by blood, but she is a vital member because she grew up with them."ALSO READ: Vicky Kaushal ahead of 'TGIF's release: Our film industry is true representation of India’s lovely diversity
She further adds, "Initially, I was very nervous because it was a bit of a challenge for me to portray Ram Pyaari in a new light. To embody the character, I learned the UP and Bihari dialect and accent, paying attention to even the smallest details. Also, I'm right-handed in real life, but Ram Pyaari is left-handed. So I wanted to do full justice to the character and be very precise about the minute details of it."
Describing her working experience in the film, she mentioned, "I had the opportunity to work with some of the finest actors of our country today. It was phenomenal to perform alongside notable and seasoned actors like Kumud Mishra ji, Manoj Pahwa ji, Yashpal Sharma ji along Vicky and Manushi. I was a little nervous to meet such stalwarts of the industry for the narration. My only motive was to learn from them. It is one of the most memorable moments of my life. It actually felt like a real family, as everyone was eating and chilling together. Usually, actors like to go back to their vanity and be in their own zone. But with this cast, we were actually living like a true family each day, eating and sharing together. Also, Kumud Sir is so flawless actor that he can easily switch into emotion. I learnt a lot from Manoj Sir; he is so experienced and so much into the character. He really helped with improvisation and is so lively on set. Everyone from Alka Amin, Sadiya ji, and Srishti Dixit really helped and guided me throughout."
Director and written by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films, it was released on September 22nd.ALSO READ: Review: 'The Great Indian Family' is another guide on 'how to not write female roles' by Vijay Krishna Acharya