MUSBA HASHMI speaks with ASHNOOR KAUR, who started her career at age 5, about the new season of Patiala Babes, her favourite pastime and plans to explore digital medium
What is your take on the latest track in Patiala Babes?
It is a different story and the track is completely different, that is why this is Season 2. As an actor, it is challenging for me because it is altogether a different journey for me. There are a lot of complicated and mixed emotions which are tough to enact. It is like something else is going on Mini’s mind but she speaks something else. And to make the audience understand everything, you have to perform well. So keeping the hollowness inside and still trying to cheer up everyone else, comes as a challenge for me. Also Mini is now an elder sister to Arya. So this is an added responsibility on Mini and me too, since I am the only child and I have no experience of how to deal with your younger sibling. But, I bond well with kids so I am enjoying the new track and the new season.
Do you share any similarities with your character?
Yes, there are many things that I can relate to with my character. Mini and Ashnoor are 99.9 per cent same. I am chirpy, bubbly and I always try to cheer everyone else around me, just like my character. I believe in standing up against the wrong and speak with absolutely no filters on, just like Mini. (laughs)
You started very young, how do you see your journey?
Firstly, I feel good when someone asks me this question. I feel blessed that people still remember me as a child artist. I get messages from people saying that they will keep their child’s name by my character’s name, it is overwhelming. This proves that in a decade’s journey, I have been able to make my place in people’s hearts.
My journey has been a roller-coaster ride. I have played various roles and have explored different genres. I have done a lot of ads, shortfilms and have also been a part of films like Sanju and Manmariziyaan. I have evolved as an actor in this period of time. I have polished my skills and I still keep on learning. Life never stops teaching and you should never stop learning, this is what I believe in.
What is the role that came close to you?
All the roles that I have played are close to my heart, but to name one it is Mini. Because all the roles that I have played before happened just like that. I was very young back then to understand that I was actually working. But now when I have grown up and have started seeing things with a broader perspective, I understand that this character has challenged me with every episode. I have got a chance to portray different shades of the character and that’s why this one is my favourite.
Any show from the good old days that you would like to see a remake of?
I would like to see the remake of my first show — Shobha Somnath Ki, where I played Shobha, a warrior princess. I was just six back then.
Apart from acting what else is keeping you busy?
I am a Class XI commerce student. So, study keeps me busy most of the times. Apart from this, I spend my time in exercising, reading books, spending time with my family and friends and also watching movies. It helps me enhance my acting skills.
Can you share behind the scene moments?
There are a lot of fun moments behind the scenes. But my favourite one is it was my birthday and we were shooting the last scene of the day. It was a serious one and suddenly a large piece of cake came flying on my face and everyone on the sets laughed hard. It was like a cake facial for me. The brain behind the idea was our director, Yusuf sir. We both share a father-daughter bond off-screen.
Are there any plans of exploring the digital space?
Yes, I have been receiving offers for web series, but I am busy with Patiala Babes these days. When you are playing a lead in daily soaps, it becomes difficult to become a part of other project. May be after this show, I would step into the digital medium if I got some good offer, where I am getting to perform new things.
Sunday, 15 December 2019 | Musba Hashmi | in Show Time
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