The petite Amrita Rao seems to be enjoying her role as the mentor on Perfect Bride on Star Plus, so much that she didn’t let an injury come in her way of playing dandiya with the participants on the shaadi-show. A few days ago, while walking from her make-up room to the sets at N D Studio, Karjat, Rao missed a step and slipped. Result: the actress sprained her leg. The production staff rushed to attend to her immediately.
“They were quite accommodating and helpful. Initially, I was worried that it might affect the shooting since I was supposed to play dandiya with the boys and girls in the episode,” recalls Rao, adding, “Luckily, it was a minor sprain. So, I had less to worry. I also managed to play dandiya with the participants that day for a while. I couldn’t be at my best, but at the end of the day, I had a good time,” chuckles the actress.
Rao terms the contestants’ stay in the reality house as ‘scary.’ “It’s not easy, waking up to cameras, and the sound instructions. I was nervous when I first stepped in there,” she admits. “I’m not used to that, even on the film sets. There are people around all the time. A spotboy and an assistant director are always around to assist with the dialogue and between the shots communication. On Perfect Bride, I was alone, despite having the contestants around. Living in a disconnected environment is quite a challenge,” adds Rao.
Once inside the reality house, the mentor had only one role: to be herself. “When people see the show, they see the real me. If they like something about me, it is the real me. And if they don’t, then it is the real me that they will hate,” she asserts. However, she quickly adds that she just as glad to be out of the house. “I realise the importance of freedom. It’s another thing that the participants say they’re enjoying their time there,” she says.
The actress, who was last seen in Short Kut and briefly in Life Partner, will return to the movies with a Tips production helmed by Ken Ghosh. The actress had one of her career’s biggest hits under Ghosh’s direction with Ishq Vishq. Ask her about it and she clams up: “I’m can’t speak about it. A formal announcement is underway.”