Shriya Pilgaonkar Exclusive Interview | My Parents Have Always Encouraged Me To Pave My Own Way

Shriya Pilgaonkar Exclusive Interview | My Parents Have Always Encouraged Me To Pave My Own Way


Her
Instagram
bio
reads,
‘Baby
beluga
in
the
deep
blue
sea.’ Just
like
these
lyrics
from
Rafi’s
nursery
album,
Shriya
Pilgaonkar
believes
in
swimming
wild
and
free
when
it
comes
to
her
passion-
cinema.
Daughter
of
veteran
actors
Sachin
and
Shriya
Pilgaonkar,
Shriya
has
made
her
own
mark
within
a
short
span
of
years.

After
a
cute
debut
on
television
at
the
age
of
five
as
Bittu
in
the
popular
sitcom

Tu
Tu
Main
Main

which
also
starred
her
mother
Shriya
and
late
Reema
Lagoo,
acting
was
nowhere
in
the
horizon
for
this
spunky
girl
until
she
bagged
a
role
in
the
ten-minute
play
Freedom
To
Horizon.
Since
then,
there’s
no
looking
back
for
Shriya
who
continues
to
pop
surprises
with
her
versatile
roles.
Currently,
she
is
gearing
up
for
the
release
of
her
upcoming
film

Haathi
Mere
Saathi
.

In
an
exclusive
tete-a-tete
with

Filmibeat.com
,
Shriya
Pilgaonkar
bares
her
heart
about
taking
up
a
trilingual
film,
the
pressure
of
hailing
from
a
supremely
talented
family,
doing
Marathi
cinema
and
much
more.


1.
How
did

Haathi
Mere
Saathi

come
your
way?
Also,
it’s
your
first
trilingual
film,
so
what
were
the
major
challenges
before
you?


A.

The
biggest
challenge
is
the
fact
that
it’s
a
trilingual
film.
But,
I
was
also
keen
to
explore
work
down
South.
I
watch
Tamil,
Telugu
films
and
am
a
huge
fan
of
some
of
the
story-telling
that’s
done
there.
So,
for
me,
it
was
something
which
I
was
open
to.
When
this
project
(Haathi
Mere
Saathi
)
came
my
way,
I
was
specially
drawn
to
the
fact
that
the
subject
was
really
beautiful
and
quite
relevant.
I
personally
love
elephants.
I
had
a
strong
connect
to
what
this
film
was
trying
to
say,
and
of
course,
Rana
Daggubati
is
amazing.
I
have
seen
him
in
Baahubali.
He
is
extremely
hard-working
person.
So,
every
direction
was
pointing
me
to
do
this
film.
I
am
really
glad
that
I
am
a
part
of
it.


2.
Your
co-star
Rana
Daggubati
had
once
said
that
it’s
not
easy
to
work
with
director
Prabhu
Solomon
because
he
is
a
perfectionist.
How
was
your
experience
like
when
you
worked
with
him?


A.

Prabhu
Sir
is
incredibly
passionate
about
this
subject
and
his
way
of
working
many
a
times
is
surprising.
We
were
not
shooting
in
normal
circumstances.
It’s
like
we
were
shooting
forests.
In
fact,
my
co-stars
Rana
Daggubati,
Pulkit
Samrat,
Vishal
Vishnu,
Zoya
Hussain
had
a
much
more
intensive
experience
that
what
I
did.
But,
Haathi
Mere
Saathi
was
not
an
easy
film
to
make.
There
are
animals
involved
and
then
many
other
factors
also
come
into
play.
Visually
it’s
beautiful,
but
there
is
a
process
that
they
had
to
go
through
while
making
the
film.
But,
I
personally
liked
the
way
Prabhu
Sir
dealt
with
everything,
with
immense
process
and
commitment.
He
is
someone
who
likes
to
make
his
actor
rough
and
tough.
He
will
always
challenge
you.
So,
I
really
enjoyed
this
way.
For
me,
the
personal
challenge
about
this
film
was
the
fact
that
I
had
to
speak
two
languages.
Sometimes,
it
used
to
be
stressful,
but
it
was
also
a
fun
and
a
filling
experience
at
the
end
of
the
day.


3.
It
is
said
that
as
an
actor,
you
grow
with
every
film.
So,
what
has
been
the
biggest
takeaway
for
you
from

Haathi
Mere
Saathi
?


A.

That’s
so
true.
With
every
project,
you
grow
not
just
as
an
actor,
but
also
as
a
person.
For
me,
on
this
project,
more
than
as
an
actor,
it
was
about
the
sense
of
being
aware
of
my
responsibility
as
a
person
towards
the
environment.
It’s
just
very
humbling
when
you
are
filming
with
animals,
although
I
didn’t
have
any
scenes
with
the
elephant.
I
think
nature
is
the
biggest
teacher.
There
are
things
that
being
out
in
nature
can
show
you
about
yourself
which
nothing
else
can.
So,
while
shooting,
there
was
an
introspection
about
a
lot
of
things.
I
felt
that
as
people,
we
have
so
much
responsibilities
towards
the
environment.
For
me,
it
was
more
of
an
internal
journey
of
asking
myself
that
yes,
we
want
to
go
out
and
change
the
world,
but
in
my
capacity,
what
can
I
do?


4.
In
a
recent
interview,
you
said
that
the
common
thread
that
has
dominated
your
life
is
that
you
have
always
been
a
performer
and
believed
in
communicating
through
emotions.
Does
this
fact
play
a
crucial
role
when
it
comes
to
giving
your
nod
to
films?


A.

For
me,
the
number
one
priority
is
the
story.
Of
course,
you
want
to
play
a
part
that
can
stand
out
in
its
own
way
but,
it’s
equally
important
for
me
to
enjoy
the
story
as
a
viewer
when
I
am
listening
to
it.
Even
today,
I
feel
that
when
many
people
are
exposed
to
many
different
kinds
of
content
whether
it’s
on
OTT
or
films,
you
want
to
be
part
of
things
that
are
memorable.
I
like
to
pick
up
things
that
I
would
like
to
do
differently
and
people
might
enjoy
watching
it
too.
But,
I
largely
make
choices
based
on
my
instinct.
I
don’t
have
to
overthink.
I
know
when
I
want
to
do
something
immediately.


5.
But
Shriya,
do
you
also
look
at
the
commercial
viability
of
a
film
before
saying
‘yes’ to
it?
Because
it
may
happen
at
times
that
you
may
like
a
subject
which
is
close
to
your
heart,
but
you
know
that
it
won’t
appeal
to
a
larger
section
of
the
audience.
Will
you
still
agree
to
do
it?


A.

That’s
a
good
question.
I
started
my
career
with
a
Marathi
film,
worked
in
a
French
film,
did
a
pan
India
commercial
film,
worked
on
OTT
shows
like

Mirzapur

and

Gone
Game
.
My
choices
are
not
based
on
commercial
or
not
commercial.
As
an
actor,
I
want
to
be
a
part
of
a
good
story.
But,
I
do
understand
the
advantages
of
being
a
part
of
a
commercial
film.

Haathi
Mere
Saathi

is
commercial;
at
the
same
time
the
treatment
to
the
subject
is
as
authentic
as
it
can
get.
The
priority
was
not
to
make
it
massy.
I
don’t
look
at
my
projects
as
commercial
or
non
commercial.
But
I
do
understand
that
for
me
as
an
actor,
it’s
important
to
be
a
part
of
a
film
that
will
be
widely
watched.
Having
said
that,
if
I
really
like
something,
I
will
back
it
even
if
it
is
with
first-time
filmmakers
or
a
completely
new
subject.
People
are
doing
different
things
and
you
never
know
what
will
work.


6.
When
you
hail
from
a
supremely
talented
family,
does
things
get
easier
for
you
as
an
actor
since
you
have
your
parents
to
watch
your
back
and
guide
you
if
you
do
a
mistake,
or
is
there
an
extra
pressure
on
you
because
you
have
got
to
live
up
to
their
legacy,
yet
maintain
your
own
identity?


A.

It’s
not
the
pressure,
I
just
feel
a
sense
of
responsibility.
I
have
not
been
brought
up
to
feel
any
pressure.
I
am
been
brought
up
to
be
my
own
self
and
my
parents
have
always
encouraged
me
to
pave
my
own
path.
But,
as
a
person,
I
know
that
what
my
parents
have
been
able
to
create
for
themselves
through
their
hard
work,
I
must
continue
that
legacy
with
how
I
am
carrying
myself
as
a
person.
That’s
more
important.
When
you
are
a
part
of
this
industry,
your
highs
and
lows
will
be
constant;
what
will
not
change
is
how
you
are
as
a
person
and
how
you
deal
with
your
successes
and
failures.
Of
course,
I
want
to
constantly
work
on
my
craft
and
I
want
to
perform
my
best
every
time.
I
do
seek
advice
from
my
parents.
They
give
me
their
opinion
as
artists
and
not
as
parents.
I
know
that
they
have
always
got
my
back
and
if
I
need
anything,
then
they
are
always
there.
But,
I
also
feel
that
they
want
me
to
learn
from
my
mistakes
and
explore
things
on
my
own.
That’s
how
it
has
always
been
and
I
wouldn’t
have
it
any
other
way.


7.
Are
they
your
harshest
critics?


A.

Oh,
I
am
my
own
harshest
critic
(laughs)
If
there’s
something
that
I
like,
I
will
acknowledge
that
to
myself
that
I
did
a
good
job.
But,
I
am
also
very
honest
about
where
I
need
to
pull
up
my
socks.
I
don’t
think
any
actor
is
ever
satisfied.
I
don’t
think
that
you
are
an
artist
if
you
are
a
satisfied
person.


8.
You
started
your
journey
with
a
Marathi
film,
did
a
French
film,
starred
in
commercials,
dabbled
with
theatre
and
web
series.Do
you
think
this
is
the
best
time
for
you
to
be
an
actor?
There
was
a
time
when
cinema
were
the
only
way
for
an
actor
to
connect
with
his/her
audience.
However,
things
have
changed
with
the
advent
of
OTT
platforms.
Today,
even
if
you
don’t
have
a
film
coming
up,
you
will
still
be
visible
to
the
audience
through
commercials
and
web
series.


A.

This
is
truly
the
best
time
to
be
an
actor
because
you
have
so
many
opportunities.
The
OTT
platforms
have
opened
up
employment
for
so
many
people
at
all
different
levels.
The
star
system
is
changing.
The
definition
of
being
a
star
has
changed.
That’s
the
best
part
because
this
will
encourage
people
to
chase
the
right
things.


9.
Do
you
have
any
plans
of
doing
a
Marathi
film?


A.

If
I
am
doing
Tamil
and
Telugu
films
then
I
am
absolutely
open
to
doing
Marathi
cinema
as
well.
But
my
decision
is
always
based
on
the
script.
If
I
like
a
script
and
if
it’s
a
Marathi
film,
I
will
ofcourse
take
it
up.
In
the
past,
the
kind
of
Marathi
scripts
which
were
offered
to
me,
were
of
a
certain
kind
that
I
wasn’t
keen
to
do.
I
am
not
rigid
when
it
comes
to
making
choices,
so
I
am
open
to
doing
a
Marathi
film.
I
am
just
waiting
for
the
right
kind
of
Marathi
film
to
come
to
me.


10.
Do
you
believe
that
it
would
be
double
the
pressure
there
for
you
because
your
parents
have
an
amazing
body
of
work
when
it
comes
to
Marathi
cinema?


A.

Not
at
all.
In
fact,
I
get
a
lot
of
love
from
the
Marathi
audience
because
of
my
parents
and
they
have
also
watched
my
other
work.
They
are
following
my
journey.
So,
my
competition
is
only
with
myself
in
terms
of
me
trying
to
be
better
with
every
project.
I
have
already
done
one
Marathi
film.
If
there
were
to
be
any
pressure,
it
would
have
happened
then
only.
But,
I
am
not
that
kind
of
a
person
who
will
be
distracted
by
these
kind
of
things.
I
don’t
allow
myself
to
be
pressurized
by
these
aspects.
I
just
focus
on
what
I
need
to
do.


11.
Do
you
keep
a
tab
on
what
your
contemporaries
are
doing
in
terms
of
the
kind
of
work
they
are
taking
up
or
you
just
have
your
blinkers
on?


A.

No,
no,
it’s
very
good
to
know
what
other
people
are
doing
because
they
might
be
taking
up
projects
that
might
be
the
kind
that
even
you
would
want
to
do.
There
might
be
things
that
I
would
want
to
do.
But
the
way
things
function,
it’s
not
just
about
acting.
It’s
also
about
positioning.
I
would
love
to
do
an
out
and
out
Bollywood
film.
I
would
love
to
have
some
of
these
opportunities
which
I
am
sure,
will
come
in
time.
But,
I
also
have
to
respect
and
understand
that
this
is
not
something
that
happens
only
if
you
are
acting
well.
There
are
several
factors.
But,
I
think
today
everyone
gets
the
opportunity
to
grow.
I
personally
like
to
see
the
work
of
my
contemporaries
and
the
films
that
are
being
made
because
it’s
healthy.
It
helps
me
to
understand
what
kind
of
filmmakers
I
want
to
work
with
and
the
path
I
want
to
go.
While
I
do
that,
I
also
do
my
job.
It’s
not
a
negative
feeling.


12.
Lastly,
are
you
satisfied
with
how
your
career
has
shaped
up
in
the
last
seven
years
and
what’s
next
in
the
pipeline?


A.

I
am
not
someone
who
looks
back.
I
feel
whatever
ups
and
downs
that
have
happened,
is
always
a
process.
There’s
a
lot
more
that
I
want
to
do
which
I
will
eventually
do
with
my
upcoming
projects.
I
am
really
looking
forward
to
them.
I
am
getting
opportunities
that
I
wanted
to
do
right
now.
I
am
positive
that
things
will
get
better.
Like
I
said,
no
actor
is
ever
satisfied.
They
are
always
greedy.
(bursts
into
laughter).

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