Anupriya Goenka Exclusive Interview: "Explicit Or Abusive Scenes Does Not Portray Progressive Society"

Imran Asif Fazal |Aug 16, 2019

"Padmaavat" actress will be seen next in "War" starring alongside Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff.

Anupriya Goenka has made a strong entry into the film industry, right from her debut in 2013 with the Telugu film Potugadu where she played a human trafficker. She played a strong role in Hotstar's Criminal Justice and in the films Tiger Zinda Hai and Padmaavat.

Anupriya Goenka

Her idea of niche roles landed her into Sacred Games 1 and 2. Anupriya Goenka plays the role of Saif Ali Khan's ex-wife Megha. She comes from a business family and with her back to back films and web series, she assures to stay strong in the B-town.

Anupriya Goenka will be seen next in the film War starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. She will also be seen in Asura with Arshad Warsi. In an interview with STARBIZ correspondent Imran Fazal, actress Anupriya Goenka reveals her personal belief on OTT platforms and the film industry.

Anupriya Goenka

Sacred Games 2 has finally been released, how excited you were and what would be different for you this time? 

We were very excited about Sacred Games 2, everybody had questions in their mind. Now I think all questions will be answered this season. In the first part, my character was talked about a lot but few scenes were not retained in the series due to the creative call taken by the team.

The team did not want to focus on Sartaj Singh's life much in the first season. This season I have a longer graph in the web series, the role defines the mental state between Sartaj and Megha's relationship status.

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How was the experience to work with Saif Ali Khan for the web series? 

Honestly speaking, my part was shot in different time frames, but Saif used to be around the sets. Acting with him was very easy, I have seen him rehearse his lines. Everybody worked so hard and now, the celebs have understood that hard work is the only answer for hit films.

I remember an incident in which Saif went himself to a unit member and introduced himself and asked about her whereabouts. It was her first day at the shoot. I was so touched that he goes and meet every single person on the set and introduces himself. He is very humble and down to earth person.

You have performed in films as well as on OTT platforms, what do you think about its strong existence especially in India? 

OTT is an amazing platform. It has revolutionized the entire entertainment industry. Now the audience wants meaningful cinema. Commercial cinema has changed into meaningful cinema now. One must observe the hard work and creativity goes in to make web series.

Ten hours or five-hour web series has now become a trend. The demand is more so the industry has to deliver the content to its viewers. Moreover, there is much more freedom to work and actors can be chosen as per the blend of story. There are no restrictions on digital platforms. Good artists and directors are showing their creativity.

Many well-known actors are coming to digital platforms, what do you think about it? 

I feel digital platform gives you so much of experience. Other B-town stars will soon enter this space depending on their choice of scripts and roles they want to portray. But eventually, sooner or later, big stars will soon find their way to digital platforms. Saif, Nawaz, and Radhika are fantastic stars and it has been an amazing experience.

Sacred Games is known for abusive dialogues, explicit scenes, and too much violence, do you think there should be censorship on such content? 

What I feel is that when you suppress certain things for a long time, it explodes when the filmmaker gets a chance to do it. In that instance,  its OTT platforms. But our audience has really matured now. Personally, I believe skin show, explicit scenes or abusive dialogues do not show progressive society.

But when you are portraying something which relates to that world, strata or a person, the filmmaker has to portray it. The filmmaker has to respect the audience and should maintain that line. The audience is smart and random expose scenes are considered cliched.


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