I wrote Dear Aajo as an exercise: Mayuri Deshmukh
Mayuri Deshmukh decided to plunge into the entertainment industry even though she had a degree in dentistry. However, it was her parents who guided her to first take up arts to understand the field better. Mayuri says,“With my parents’ advice I took up Masters in Theatre Arts from the University of Mumbai. It was a two year course where I learnt everything right from acting to playwright to other nuances of the entertainment field.”
The actor recently made her debut as a writer in a play titled, Dear Aajo. The play talks about the relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter. “I wrote this play as an exercise. Though my main focus has always been acting, writing intrigued me. I always had the idea of this play in my head. I enjoyed the writing process too, it took me eight months. The writing part is not difficult but getting yourself to sit and write is a task,” smiles Mayuri.
When Mayuri asked her faculty to read the story, they all praised her and immediately suggested her to go ahead with it.“They were kind enough to read it and suggest that I should take it ahead. Then I took it to the producers and that’s when I met director Ajit Bhure. He liked the idea and he was one of the few who did not judge me as a newcomer,” says Mayuri.
During this time Mayuri appeared on a Marathi television show, Khulta Kali Khulena. The actor says,“After the show ended, Ajit got in touch with me and I too wanted to take a break and try something else. So, everything fell right in place for us.”
So, how would she describe the process of seeing her play from paper to stage. “I am glad Ajit worked around the editing of the play really well. I was also ready to keep my ego as a writer aside and understand what really was required. I trusted the producer Hemant Apte and Ajit as they understand the audience and the market well.”
Recalling her first show, Mayuri adds that she was very anxious and nervous.“You know, when you have rehearsed so much, you tend to lose objectivity and wonder whether the jokes are really working or not. But, the first show was surreal and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
On sharing the stage with veteran Sanjay Mone, she adds,“I learnt quite a great deal from him. He is selfless and understands me as an actor. He would correct and guide me in every scene. And, I can actually see the difference in my acting.”