Jamai Raja: Ravi Dubey plays a Marathi woman

  • Shreya Mukherjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 25, 2016 15:09 IST
Cross-dressing has become a fad on the small screen. (HT)

For some time now, cross-dressing has become a fad on the small screen. Sunil Grover was a huge hit as Gutthi, even Ali Asgar as Dadi, Gaurav Gera as Pammi and Kiku Sharda as Palak are hugely popular. Ravi Dubey is the recent to join the bandwagon. Dubey will play a 50-year-old Maharashtrian woman, Jyoti Tai, in his upcoming fiction, Jamai Raja.

Ravi’s character, Sid, has to disguise himself as Jyoti Tai due to some unfortunate turn of events. Excited to be able to play such a character, Ravi is leaving no stone unturned to get into the skin of the character. He points out that it is not easy for men to carry off the look and mannerisms of a woman. “Turning into Jyoti Tai is definitely not easy. I’ve not used any prosthetics as they’re time-consuming. Instead, considering that daily shows have limited time, we watched a few online make-up videos to know how to get into an elaborate disguise quickly. Apart from that, I am also working on getting the perfect diction of a middle-aged Maharashtrian woman,” he explains.

Ravi has earlier played a Rajasthani dancer, a Pathan and even a tapori. “As an actor, I believe in surrendering myself to the character and carrying multiple looks in one show has been a wonderful experience. When I was told to don the look of a middle-aged woman, I wanted to ensure that it doesn’t look like a caricature. After all, Sid is doing this to stay close to his loved ones. This isn’t a gimmick to make viewers laugh,” he adds.

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