Pune International Film Festival 2019

(From left) Film-maker Govind Nihalani: Jabbar Patel, chairman and director, Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), and actor Rohini Hattangadi at PIFF forum at City pride Kothrud on Friday.

: NSD made my training in theatre stronger, says actor Hattangadi

The actor said that she was selected by director Richard over actors like Bhakti Barve and Smita Patil for she came closest to Kasturba’s role.

Actor Rohini Hattangadi’s role of Kasturba (Mahatma Gandhi’s wife) in Richard Attenbourgh’s Gandhi has been a turning point for her, as she reminisced about being young and getting to play the role.

“I was happy, excited then and thank my National School of Drama (NSD) training to prepare me for the role.

The senior actor later reiterated her gratitude towards her alma matter NSD which made her grow in all forms of theatre and film industry

“The magnitude of the film and the life of Gandhi had not yet sunk in then as it is now when I look back,” said Rohini while interacting with the audience during the session ‘My journey An actor’s truth’ at the open forum at Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) 2019.

She also mentioned that she was selected by director Richard over actors like Bhakti Barve and Smita Patil for she came closest to Kasturba’s role.

“I guess my training at NSD helped for I had developed a habit of building up my character and getting intense,” she said.

Rohini is all gratitude towards her alma matter NSD which made her basic training in theatre stronger.

“Be it television or film, or theatre, I can modify myself, develop any character and slip into any role. NSD gave me the vision to see further and they exposed me to integrated works, right from working on the backstage to even doing the costumes,” she said.

Rohini also recalled playing the lead role of an older woman in Saransh by Mahesh Bhatt, which incidentally completes 35 years.

“That was a good film. Very tight knit way of working straight for two months. It was difficult to get out of the character after the shoot was over each day as we would not leave the set at all. We, Anupam Kher and I, felt the film belonged to us and this film was very near to our hearts,” she said.

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