She’s best known for her feisty portrayal as Jigyasa, the woman in black in Zee TV’s Kasamh Se. But Ashwini Kalsekar is now also revelling in the success of her new movie Phoonk. According to the actress, “Working on the Ram Gopal Varma chiller was a fantastic experience. Ram is amazing; he lets the actor get involved with the project and is open to new ideas. Plus, the character I play is not a normal one,” she says. <b1>
This is not her first Bollywood outing — she is also remembered for her small but powerful performance in Khakee. Her Bollywood repertoire also includes Aashiq Banaya Aapne and Johnny Gaddaar. She’ll soon be seen in Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye and Golmaal Returns.
All for a good role
But Bollywood is not where it’s at for Ashwini. To the relief of everybody who loves to hate her, she’s not planning on calling it a day at Kasamh Se anytime soon.“I’m financially satisfied and as an actor, too, I’m getting to play all possible shades.”
Really? Doesn’t her black-attired Jigyasa mean she’s likely to get a wee bit stereotyped? “There is always the possibility of typecasting,” she admits. “What matters is that I choose from the characters that I’m offered to play.”
Bearing out the truth of that statement is her appearance in CID and as Draupadi in Ek Aur Mahabharat. She credits the former for teaching her body language and voice modulation and the latter for growth as an actor.
“I’m completely a director’s and a writer’s actor. I never had any formal training so I always need support. It’s not like I’m multi-faceted or anything,” she says.
She has got it right on both the small screen and the big, but Ashwini refuses to pick a favourite. “I like both,” she says diplomatically. However, she’s totally frank about the roles she wants. “I’m a beggar,” she says, “and beggars can’t be choosers. In fact, I’m saying that please give me a good role.”