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Anupriya Goenka on intimate scenes in Sultan of Delhi: 'It was a difficult character to play'

Updated on: 26 October,2023 05:34 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Actress Anupriya Goenka explains how she ensured that the portrayal of her character in Sultan of Delhi was carried out with class and dignity

Anupriya Goenka on intimate scenes in Sultan of Delhi: 'It was a difficult character to play'

Anupriya Goenka in Sultan of Delhi

Anupriya Goenka plays a manipulative seductress in the new web series Sultan of Delhi - one who uses her sensuality to get her way in the world of men. The actress had to perform many intimate scenes in the Disney+Hotstar web series. The actress broke down what went behind the scenes to play Shankari and mount those crucial intimate scenes.

On-screen intimacy isn't easy and Anupriya knows that. The actress has shown her negative shade as she brought to life the part of Shankari - a woman who rises to the top in a world of men. 

Anupriya has been receiving love for her powerful portrayal of Shankari, with many noting the dignity she has provided to the character. Anupriya, who has delved into a negative part after memorable characters in films like Padmaavat, Tiger Zinda Hai and War, says she gave her character an "agency" and was certain to not do it to "titillate" the audience. 

As Sultan of Delhi makes Anupriya shine more as a performer, the actor breaks down what went behind the scenes to play Shankari and mount those crucial intimate scenes. 

"The intimate scenes have been done with lot of sensuality, while maintaining class and dignity. I always saw the scenes as a power move by the character, as a means to an end for her to achieve her goals and was very sure of my arc as an actor. I gave her agency - she is a strong woman who has opinions, a voice, ambitions and is very intelligent. 

"I made sure I respected Shankari, internally, for being able to do what it took her to survive in a world like that while wanting to come on to the top. Her actions are her choice and not just a need. It’s a difficult character to play," Anupriya said.

The actor also credited filmmaker Milan Luthria for handling and showcasing Shankari with care - delving into her journey but never doing it for effect. 

"I thank Milan sir and Vishnu sir, for respecting Shankari’s character and wanting to show her as a powerful being with agency. The scenes are to explore her character and journey, not to titillate the audiences - the difference in how these scenes are shot lies in respect and perspective."

Like Shankari - a character with incredible amount of depth - Anupriya said she also embraces her sensuality, which every woman should. 

"I too embrace my sensuality as a woman and am very comfortable in my skin. I think we as women should enjoy our beings cause we are gifted. We have so much to explore and express emotionally," she signs off.

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