Playing the lead in Gulaal, a show that replaced TV show Bidaai, has made Manasi Parekh a household name. But it’s her film, debutant director Mrigank Shekhar’s (Kitu Ghosh) Yeh Kaisi Life that Parekh is most excited about right now. Shekhar is Shashank Ghosh’s brother, who made Quick Gun Murugun.
The director says, “Yeh Kaisi Life is about an interesting platonic romance about two people who come from two different ends of the rainbow — one is a hit man and the other is a highly qualified doctor. One takes people’s lives and the other gives life. Yet they find a common ground —redemption.”
Parekh, who plays a doctor in the film, says, “The film is based on a real life incident of a man who was proven dead for four minutes, before he came back to life. That’s how the film starts. The patient (played by VJ Yudi) gets a new life literally,” she says.
Parekh, who has in the past performed in Lillete Dubey’s play Brief Candle, is a trained classical singer, has done vocals in Devdas and is now part of a band called Soul Sutra, with whom she did gigs for four months before her show began: “Whether it was my previous shows like Remote Control, Laughter Ke Phatke, Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi or India Calling, I’ve always tried to stay away from conventional roles on TV.” Parekh says she agreed to Gulaal as it was written by Prakash Kapadia who has done films like Devdas (2002), Black (2005), Saawariya and had artistes like Shankar Mahadevan sing for it.
“It’s a beautiful rural fable about this girl who can find a water source in a desert. Water divinity is a concept that actually exists across deserts in the world, which means someone is blessed with the intuition to know where the water is,” she says about her show, that’s shot on a film format.