Rangmunch Diaries: Set-hopping Update – Day Seven! On the sets of ‘Balika Vadhu’

Today was the last day of our set hopping and this time it was Balika Vadhu on the cards. The place where the show is shot, is a two hour drive from where we live but, it was worth the distance we travelled since the entire star cast of the show was present. 

As we set off a midst the mist and rain along the track that seemed breath taking to view, the distance seemed never ending. We wondered how the actors may have been managing the distance for the last three years. 

As soon as we reached the set, we were asked to keep our cell phones on silent mode as they were shooting a scene. The first person we got to meet was Gehna (Neha Marda).  She looked just the way we see her onscreen, only not as serious as she appears to be on the show. She was extremely warm, cordial and chirpy too. She told us she gets along best with our dear Anandi (Pratyusha Banerjee) since they share a Bengali connection.

We soon met Anandi (Pratyusha Banerjee) and Gouri (Anjum Farooqi) who though may not look eye to eye on screen, but they are good friends off screen. They even share the same make up room. It was nice to see them joke and have fun while we were still around.  

          On screen they share a husband, off-screen they share a room: Pratyusha and Anjum

Later even Jagiya (Shashank Vyass) joined us. We congratulated Pratyusha and Shashank for winning the Best Jodi  Award and both of them seemed elated at their latest victory.  

Pratyusha incidentally has also won the New Talent award. On asking him about his character, Shashank  made fun of his current role saying Jagiya is a HIT hero since he has been slapped several times on the show. It was fun being around the three of them.

However, the most memorable moment was when we met the two actors who we grew up watching on television, one being  Dadisa (Surekha Sikri) and the other being Bhairav Singh (Anup Soni). Every actor on the set as well as people in the industry spoke very highly about Surekhaji as an actor and the way she has established the character of Dadisa in the show.

Not many people know that  Surekha Sikri  is an alumni from the National School of Drama where she is today taught as a part of their curriculum. Apart from her, Bhairav (Anup Soni) & Vasant (Satyajit) are also alumni from the National School of Drama.
We were unable to talk to Sumitra (Smita Bansal) and Vasant (Satyajit) as they were shooting back to back scenes.
The entire cast & crew came across as very disciplined which probably is one of the major reason for the success of the show besides having a huge bunch of talented actors.

As we drove back, we were still reeling in the effects of the day since we had not only met and interacted with the actors but also had grown immensely fond of them, their simplicity and the sincerity with which they interacted with us and spent time around us considering we were meeting for the very first time. Here is a focused bunch of people, all of who, know their jobs well, are popular with the masses and yet are  so down to earth, you see through why the show has been a consistent hit over the last three years!



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