Despite years of experience in theatre, movies and web series, actor Rajshri Deshpande still have to tell people what all work she has done and moreover, she also gets stereotyped for her looks.
When I started I was told that I’m too fair to play a village girl, and then I did Angry Indian Goddesses (2015) that won international honours. Then I started getting parts of rural characters, housemaids, Marathi characters. Now they approach me for all kinds of bold roles after Sacred Games. I feel directors need to broaden their perspective, imagination and see us is in different roles, she says.
Deshpande feels people are mostly stuck in the commercial space. Making money is important but this is also about the art. Character actors like us are required to add that required seriousness to a film but our screen time is limited. Sometimes we don’t get to do auditions till that ‘certain’ type of character is required. While an insider would get to meet directors and producers easily, I won’t even get an appointment, adds the actor known for projects such as Sexy Durga (2017), Manto (2018) and Sacred Games (2018).