Ask Pooja, if being from Delhi has made her more sensitive to the issue of women safety and the need to stand up against injustice, and the 23-year-old says, “Safety is an issue for women everywhere, not just Delhi. It’s about the overall mindset. I hope people get to take back something from the character I am portraying, and realise the need to speak up against injustice,” she adds.
Talking more about her role in the ongoing show, Mahabharat, Pooja says that she’s often asked if she’s under any pressure to portray this character, which veteran actor Roopa Ganguly had immortalised in TV’s first Mahabharata, back in the 80s. “I haven’t seen that show, as I was probably a toddler then, but I have seen Roopa mam’s acting in other shows, and she is a brilliant actress. However, I am not here to outdo anyone or compete with anyone else. I don’t want to pressurise my mind with such stuff... I believe a lighter an actor is, the higher he or she goes,” says Pooja.