No one could have imagined me as Beena in ‘Mirzapur’

When the web series ‘Mirzapur 2’ wins ‘Best Series’ at the ongoing Indian Film Festival in Melbourne (IFFM) 2021, actress Rasika Dugal remembers how everyone after the release of the show told her that it was hard to imagine her in the character of Beena Tripathi.

Rasika Dugal received two nominations for her work in the film ‘Lootcase’ and the web series ‘Mirzapur 2’.

Rasika talked about her characters in both projects and said: “I must say that these two women in ‘Lootcase’ and ‘Mirzapur’ are so different. In a way, it was an opportunity for me to be versatile as an actor. Since I am a bit introverted, shy and clumsy in real life, which is the opposite of who Beena Tripathi is, in Mirzapur, no one could have imagined me as Beena in ‘Mirzapur’. ”

“She goes her way and carries herself with a sense of dignity, and there is a sense of sensuality in her personality. It was an interesting character because she is firm and fearless. On the other hand, in ‘Lootcase’, which was a comedy, Lata is a simple, godly woman, morally upright and always goes on the line. So as an actress for me, receiving nominations for both works was very special, ”Rasika added.

The new season of the web series ‘Mirzapur’ was released on Amazon Prime Video. The show also features Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyendu Sharma, Vijay Varma, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shweta Tripathi Sharma.

Since most of her work, especially the cinema be it ‘Qissa’, ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’, ‘Hamid’, ‘Manto’ traveled to film festivals, and the actress received many accolades, for that Rasika believes, thanks to OTT platforms, such films are no longer niche, and actresses like her gain great visibility.

“It feels really great when our works are seen by the universal audience. Audiences who come and watch movies at the festival are pure cinema lovers. They see and analyze our work in great detail, and they also draw parallels from other international cinemas. It is well. However, due to OTT platforms, when these films are released and seen by a larger audience at OTT, it gives a different sense of satisfaction. ”

“Every now and then we get feedback from the audience on social media because someone somewhere saw ‘Mirzapur’, ‘Lootcase’, ‘Manto’ for the first time! Another way for us to know how curious the audience is when they ask, ‘when is the new season coming?’ Delte Rasika.

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