The year 2014 gave audiences the opportunity to watch some brilliant Marathi films. The year also saw some new faces that gave remarkable performances in their very first films; and they include filmmakers, writers, technicians and actors. Actress Sanskruti Balgude debuted with Satish Rajwade’s Sanngto Aika and was successful in leaving a mark despite having talented actors like Sachin Pilgaonkar, Vaibhav Mangle and Bhau Kadam in the film. In a conversation with Rang Marathi, Sanskruti tells about her debut film, its director, and her roles in upcoming Marathi films.
How you landed the role in Sanngto Aika?
Satish (Rajwade) sir directly called me and asked whether I would be interested in playing Mohini in his next film. He had seen my work in Marathi tele-serial Pinjara.
Weren’t you worried to play wife of a middle-aged person in your debut film?
Yes I was a bit apprehensive of playing a married woman and a mother in the first film. But then I found the role challenging and didn’t want to miss on the opportunity to work with Sachin (Pilgaonkar) sir and Satish sir. And since I was doing one more film at that time, I didn’t care about the after-effects.
How was the experience of working with Sachin Pilgaonkar?
Sachin Ji is a walking encyclopedia. Apart from being a master in acting, he has knowledge of each and every department of filmmaking. I used to sit and observe him on the sets. I also had pressure of working with him, but at the same time I didn’t want to fail anywhere.
Debuting with a Satish Rajwade film is itself a big thing.
Yes! I heard many times people saying that Satish Rajwade is one of the finest directors our film industry is having. I truly experienced the same while working on Sanngto Aika. Satish sir is an actor’s director! He knows that every actor wants inputs. He knows it very well what every actor thinks. So he explains the character to you even before you ask for it. And his style of explaining is such that you end up giving a brilliant performance.
The character I played was that of a married woman, who is having a kid also. But in real life I am too younger than the character. Here Satish sir helped me a lot with acting. He explained me the character and her body language.
Satish sir is a very good human being and we all feel comfortable working with him. He is a director every actor would like to work with. I can never forget the experiences I had while working on Sanngto Aika.
Tell us something about your upcoming films?
I have three Marathi films scheduled to release this year, and the characters I will be playing in these three films are very different from Mohini of Sanngto Aika. In Sandeep Khare’s Damlelya Babanchi Kahaani, I am playing a mature and pretty modern role. In Harish Raut’s Shortcut, I am playing an IT Professional opposite Vaibhav Tatwavadi. This film is based on cyber-crime. While Sakar Raut’s Shivya is on youth power and here I will be sharing screen with actor Bhushan Pradhan.
What kind of roles you are looking to play?
I am not looking for any specific kind of role. I would love to portray different characters. I have taken a break from television to do something worthy in films.
Which are your favourite Marathi films that released recently?
I liked Poshter Boyz, Elizabeth Ekadashi, and Yellow.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like to dance!