By Akshay Acharya
Mumbai, Jan 16 (SocialNews.XYZ) There are very few actors who blend seamlessly into a story’s universe and deliver such real-life performances that stay etched in the hearts of the audience. Shefali Shah is one such actor.
Shefali is known for infusing credibility, realism, and charm into her characters.
Whether it was her character as Pyari Mhatre from ‘Satya’, Sumitra Thakur from ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time’ where she played Amitabh Bachchan’s wife with utter conviction or her recent outing ‘Human’ the series of medical thrillers, where she portrays the character of a doctor, Shefali has mastered the art of projection and the thing about it, in her own words, is that she doesn’t act rather she feels what how his character would feel at some point in the story.
In a recent chat with IANS, the actress opened up about her character of Doctor Gauri Nath from “Human,” how she lets her characters drive her emotions and her approach to the craft.
Gauri Nath’s character was tricky because “there was no point of reference for her (the character)”. Shefali says the character “came without an instruction manual”.
She mentions that to sketch a good performance, an actor must completely surrender to the character, “Your character must lead you as an actor from the start of the project once you have started reading and studying the script. The Gauri’s character surprised me because he’s a hard character to remember as an actor even if I was living it.”
“But eventually, as part of the process, you reach a certain point on paper in terms of the character and on set he grows from that point. In that sense, this character has gone beyond that than I thought,” she adds.
While other actors may rely on physical stimuli of taste, smell, or sight, for her it’s the character and the script that act as the stimuli, “As an actor, the physical stimuli like food or smell are never part of my process, it doesn’t work for me.”
“What works for me is the script, the language and the tone that my character speaks with me and of course, the director’s input and the spontaneity of the other actors on set, that’s what motivates me or my performance,” she explains.
Art being subjective has no room for perfection, something she experiences as an actress, “Every form of art is subjective. Therefore, I don’t expect perfection in any works of art, whether it’s an actor, a painter or a musician because that’s humanly impossible. What may be perfect for me or for a writer may not be so perfect for the public.
She further states, “It’s my perception of how I act and what I do in a scene and it’s the audience’s perception of what they get out of it. The beauty of art lies in imperfection.”
Ask her how she views risk appetite for an artist and she says as a start, “Having a risk appetite is very important for any artist, it’s how you grow, it’s how you explore and reinvent yourself.”