Namrata Gaikwad, one of the refreshing faces of modern Marathi cinema, is very excited about her upcoming Marathi film Vijay Aso that releases on December 28. She considers herself fortunate to be part of the film and believes she got more than what she had expected. Rang Marathi talked to Namrata about Vijay Aso, the character she portrays and her co-stars.
“Vijay Aso is a film about youth, and for youth. It shows how today’s dirty politics has its direct or indirect impact on our lives. The film has a very good message that if youth decide, they can bring a very significant change in the society. At the same time, the film is very attractive and has all the ingredients of a fully commercial flick,” she said.
Namrata, who started her career with Marathi film Swarajya, is also a very good dancer. “One day I got a call from music director Amit Raj, who asked if I would be interested in doing an item song in Vijay Aso. When I went there, I learnt that auditions were on for the film’s heroine. I expressed my desire to participate in the auditions, and eventually was selected by director Rahul Jadhav. I’m very much thankful to Amit Raj, who brought this opportunity to me,” the film’s female lead said.
She informed that in Vijay Aso, she plays Shakuntala, a Kannad girl from Belgaum. “Shaku is a mischievous and happy-go-lucky girl. She has a dashing personality and is socially aware. She dreams of becoming a known beautician in the future. The role that has very good shades was like a challenge for me,” the beautiful actress expressed.
Namrata said initially she was under huge pressure, but she found the entire team very cooperative. “As a co-star, Chinmay Mandlekar helped me a lot. He is also the film’s writer, so this helped me getting understand the character very well from him. Director Rahul Jadhav is a very experienced person. He explains the character and mood of each scene with every small detail and in a very good manner. I would really like to do more films with him,” she said, and added that she also learnt a lot from talented and experienced actors like Murli Sharma, Ganesh Yadav and Kedar Shinde.
Sharing an interesting event, Namrata said she was made a Bakra on the film’s last day of the shooting. “Actually it was Rahul and Chinmay’s idea. Producer Chandresh Bhanushali always used to come on the set in formals. On the last day he arrived in casuals and these people told me that he is Indresh, the twin-brother of Chandresh. I believed in that and kept addressing Chandresh as Indresh throughout the day. In the evening when I came to know it was a prank, it was very embarrassing. But everyone enjoyed it a lot and we all celebrated,” she concluded with a smile.