Newcomer Avantika Dassani says there was some upside to being Bollywood actor Bhagyashree’s daughter, but she bagged her debut project ‘Mithya’ purely on her own.
Dassani makes her acting debut with ”Mithya”, a ZEE5 Original series, which also features Huma Qureshi, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajit Kapur and Samir Soni.
Avantika said she was able to access a few people in the industry through her mother as well as her brother Abhimanyu Dassani who is known for films such as ”Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota” and ”Meenakshi Sundareshwar. ”.
“I accept and acknowledge that there is a lot of love and respect for my mother and my brother in the industry. And so, someone will have a cup of chai with me but I won’t have a movie or a show because you’re so-and-so’s daughter or son, at least not to me. I still have to win this,’ Avantika told PTI in a Zoom interview.
“However, this access means a lot because you have millions of people today who are just trying to be seen. It’s the hard work that will make the director think I’m right or wrong for this role or the producer to see that I’m worth his money,’ she said.
Although she saw what movie sets were like during her growing up years, becoming an actor was more of a gradual process and not an overnight move.
“It wasn’t a one-day thing (I want to get into the movie industry), it was a slow-release thing. My parents kind of knew it, they saw it happen. ”But when it was the final decision, they wanted to sit me down and make me aware of everything – what will happen and what can happen. But whatever I choose to do, I have to be a hard working person, that’s what they told me,” Avantika said.
The newcomer revealed that she gave an audition for ‘Mithya’ which took place via a Zoom meeting due to the pandemic.
The psychological thriller is set in Darjeeling and navigates through the contentious relationship between a Hindi literature teacher Juhi, played by Qureshi, and his student Rhea (Avantika).
The actor defined Rhea as a very emotional volatile impulsive girl and thinks she took a risk by taking up an unconventional project to start her journey as an actor.
”It was a quick process from audition to signing. It is a risk. I hope this will allow me to make a mark in the industry and stand out in some way. It was quite a challenging role because there’s a whole range of emotions to portray… Shooting was a lot tougher than a movie,” she said.
The series, which completed filming in 35 days, was a learning experience for Avantika as she got to work with Qureshi, Kapur, Chatterjee and Soni.
“When I work with such actors, I have to bring my A-game every day. I have to be well prepared because they are just fantastic. It was exciting as a newcomer to take on all this challenge,” she said.
Directed by Rohan Sippy, ”Mithya” is produced by Applause Entertainment in association with Rose Audio Visual Production. The six-part series is set to premiere on ZEE5 on February 18.
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