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Trial by Fire actor Rajshri Deshpande: I am glad nobody knows me or how I look

Rajshri Deshpande plays the role of Neelam Krishnamoorthy in the upcoming Netflix series based on the 1997 Uphaar Cinema tragedy.

Trial by Fire actor Rajshri Deshpande: I am glad nobody knows me or how I look
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Last Updated: 02.39 AM, Jan 08, 2023


Being a familiar face and a chameleon at the same time is one of the major contradictions of acting. Rajshri Deshpande struggles with this all the time. In movies like Angry Indian Goddesses (2015), Sexy Durga (2017), and Manto (2018), she plays characters with very different personalities. Deshpande is thrilled if individuals observe her art without recognising her.

The actor told Mid Day that the Trial by Fire trailer has sparked curiosity about her among viewers. She is delighted that no one knows who she is or what she looks like.

Deshpande claims that she is drawn to roles that call for her to strip away every aspect of who she is and reinvent herself. The actor went on to ask who would want to play the same character in every movie; one wanted to try new things. She wants the director to disassemble her, rebuild her, and then put her back together. The actor says that she loves playing these kinds of characters and that her role in the Netflix show Trial by Fire is a good example of her desire to play tough roles.

Deshpande plays Neelam Krishnamoorthy, a mother who lost her children in the fire and has since been involved in a legal lawsuit against the cinema owners, in the serial that was based on the 1997 Uphaar Cinema disaster. In addition to using the screenplay and media interviews that Krishnamoorthy had given over the past 25 years, the actor worked very hard to find the character's traits in herself.

She added that playing that role is difficult. The camera cannot simply be turned on. To perform, one must have the necessary character inside of them. There must be an emotional reality, and actors never actually take vacations because of this. They constantly labour, observe, learn, and unlearn. Since Neelam is a real person, it was crucial to portray the characters accurately.