Shrenu Parikh plays the role of a daughter-in-law from an influential, political family, in Kshadyantra.
Television actress Shrenu Parikh has made her web series debut with Shemaroo Me’s Gujarati web show Kshadyantra. She is seen with an influential family of politicians, which is played by the likes of Apara Mehta and Rohini Hattangadi.
Shrenu, who is best remembered for her role in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon and Ishqbaaz, spoke to OTTplay exclusively about her link to politics, Gujarati content and upcoming projects.
Excerpts from the interview:
What is Shalini Pandey in Kshadyantra like?
She is a woman who has a lot of ambition. She is feisty, vengeful and won’t do anything wrong. She’s very sorted in the mind and knows that all she wants is to be the next CM. That is the reason why she’s married to the political family.
What is your take on family politics?
I was trying to analyze my character because she is very different from what Shrenu is. Every character here has the hunger for power.
There is usually a backstory when somebody is seeking power. Would we see that for your character too?
It’s not explored completely but she verbally talks about it. Even if such people do not have a backstory, you get to know because they have a selfish gene or things like that.
Is there some part of you that relates to Shalini?
I don’t think so. There’s no single thread connected between Shalini and me. I’m not interested in politics at all but I know about it.
What is your experience in your debut web series like?
It was great. I was trying to get into web series since the longest time. I got two very good projects, including Kshadyantra. We managed to dub for the show before the lockdown was announced. I guess we just got lucky. I feel lucky to have worked in such good shows early in my career.
You had worked in the Gujarati film Lamboo Rastoo and now Kshadyantra. Do you want to explore Gujarati content anytime soon?
Yes, that was one of the reasons I am proud of Kshadyantra. We have some really good content, especially in the form of theatre. I wish that the medium is shown to the world in the form of OTT. We also have a fantastic world. The stories and movies need to reach the audiences.
Unfortunately, we see very little content in Gujarati cinema. Apart from that, how do you see Gujarati and Hindi industries as different from one another?
It’s mainly the language. I’m young to compare when it comes to Gujarati content. There is content in Gujarati but only few are taken up by good platforms.
Your upcoming projects?
After Kshadyantra, I’ll start shooting for Damaged 3. It will be released on Hungama Play. Apart from that, I wouldn’t like to divulge much.