Megha Chakraborty of Kaatelal & Sons: We can accomplish anything with grit and determination
Megha Chakraborty spills some beans in this candid interview
Megha Chakraborty from the TV show Kaatelal & Sons talks about the concept of the show, her character in it, and what she wanted to be growing up
What made you accept Kaatelal & Sons?
The biggest reason for accepting Kaatelal & Sons was the fact that I got an opportunity to do something new. It is really different from the usual daily soap drama. This show and character was also challenging for me since I had to learn several things to ace the character of Garima. Kaatelal & Sons is bringing really strong characters and their journey to protect their salon by even disguising as boys. The character is intelligent and unafraid to challenge stereotypes and this excited me as an artiste. Associating with Sony SAB for a show as inspiring as Kaatelal & Sons has been great so far and I am sure audiences will love it!
The concept of the show is very motivating. Can you share more about it?
The show highlights the existing stereotype of gender roles that is deeply rooted in people's mind in our society. Kaatelal & Sons is our take on addressing the fact that there is no task or career that women cannot excel at and that dreams do not have any gender. Just like Garima and Susheela, who despite their father's beliefs that women can't be hairdressers and run a men's salon, they prove their capabilities and stand by their ambition to run the salon and support the family.
Can you share something about your character?
Garima is 'papa ki pari'. She is bubbly, intelligent and the more responsible daughter among the two. According to Dharampal Thakur, Garima and Susheela's father, Garima listens and abides to his wishes. She handles every situation calmly and knows her way out of a sticky situation. Garima doesn't believe in using her anger to navigate through problems, instead talks her way out of any situation. She is understanding and believes in handling any situation with care and intelligence. Garima is calm and composed as compared to her hot-headed sister Susheela.
What are your thoughts on the phrase 'Sapno ka koi gender nahi hota'?
I loved this statement when I read the script and I feel it's truly inspiring. Kaatelal & Sons brings about the question - should our pursuits and dreams in life ever be restricted by gender? Like for example, a woman can be an ace barber, while a man can don the chef's hat and prepare a lavish meal for the entire household. I hope our show inspires people to keep dreaming and take a step to achieve them.
What was your dream while growing up?
I always wanted to become a dancer. I am a trained Kathak dancer but I couldn't complete it while focusing on studies growing up. I never really dreamt of becoming an actor but when I tried my hand at acting for the first time, which led towards this path of me becoming an actor, my family supported me immensely. If they wouldn't have supported me, I probably wouldn't have been in Mumbai. They supported me from day one and without thinking that I won't be able to do things by myself in Mumbai. They put their faith in me through all my endeavours in life.
Do you relate to your character Garima?
Yes, on many levels. Garima, just like me, believes in sorting any situation through a good conversation. I feel any problem can be solved if people just communicate calmly. I am also equally bubbly and talkative like Garima. One characteristic in which I completely differ from Garima is that she loves to dress up. I prefer a look that is neutral and natural. The character Garima has given me my several firsts as an artiste.
Did you have to work on your dialect?
Acing the dialect was the most difficult part about the show. This is my 5th show and the previous shows I did were mostly in Hindi or UP-based. So, I didn't face any problems. I struggled with Hindi initially but as I got a good grasp on the language eventually, now I am struggling to ace the Haryanvi accent. Being a Bengali, while I need to keep my Hindi in check, I also need to incorporate the Haryanvi essence to it, which has proven to be quite challenging.
How has the experience been, shooting for Kaatelal & Sons? Any message for the viewers?
The experience has been really refreshing for me. I am doing a show after a year and I am simply loving it. I am really glad that my character has a unique look and my fans and friends will get to see me in a never-seen-before avatar. I will be seen portraying a character that no one thought I'd portray. I am enjoying the work as I am learning each day.
I want to urge all my fans and viewers to enjoy the upcoming festive season and shower us with their love and support as we are set to launch on November 16 with a beautiful story, which is bound to entertain them and share a sweet message.
Tune in to Kaatelal & Sons and watch Megha Chakraborty as Garima, starting November 16, Monday to Friday at 7:30 pm only on Sony SAB.
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