Athiya Shetty: Doing workshops is half the battle won

Updated: Nov 04, 2019, 08:01 IST | Sonil Dedhia | Mumbai

Athiya Shetty learns Bundeli to perfect her small-town girl act in Motichoor Chaknachoor

Athiya Shetty. Pic/ Instagram
Athiya Shetty. Pic/ Instagram

If her last two offerings have seen her in a glamorous avatar, Athiya Shetty's upcoming comedy, Motichoor Chaknachoor, sees her play a small-town girl who harbours dreams of settling abroad. The actor reveals that she had to pick up Bundeli to do justice to her part of a Bhopal girl. "I believe doing workshops is half the battle won," says the youngster, who undertook language lessons from writer Meghvrat Singh Gurjar. "Initially, it wasn't easy to get the dialect right while using it in [conversations]. I worked on it for few weeks with the film's writer as part of my prep."

A still from the film
A still from the film

Sharing screen space with an actor as celebrated as Nawazuddin Siddiqui can be an intimidating affair, but Shetty credits her co-star for helping her up her game. "As an actor, he loves improvisation. [It was fascinating] to see how he added [nuances] to a scene. At the end of the day, it's these little things that make a scene complete. He also made me realise that less is more, especially when you are doing comedy because it need not be exaggerated all the time."

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