Monica Dogra on working in women-led show The Married Woman: ‘I have always been in rooms full of boys’

Actor Monica Dogra, who’s finest identified for her work in movies comparable to Farhan Akhtar’s Rock On and Aamir Khan’s Dhobi Ghat, insists that discussions round female-fronted initiatives have to hold going on, at the least till the time that it actually turns into the norm. Monica makes her digital debut with Ekta Kapoor’s manufacturing The Married Woman, a free adaptation of Manju Kapur’s guide by the identical identify.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Monica stated, “In the privileged world, we now have conversations like ‘do you even need to acknowledge that this is a female-fronted show’? ‘I do not want to identify as that, I am just a director, or I am just an actor’. But, until we normalise women and their choices in our entire country, not just our echo chambers, we need to keep having these conversations.”

She then talked about her personal journey in showbiz, in which she has been shuttling between music and performing. “When I entered music industry, I was one of the only women in independent music. I went to plenty of stages where I was the only woman performing. I have been the only female judge on shows, I have always been in rooms full of boys. And then, I hear it should not be a conversation that I am a woman? Of course we need it, so that more fathers encourage their daughters to go out and reach out for their dreams. We owe it to the women who have fought for the privileges that we enjoy now,” she stated.

Monica additionally burdened upon the duty of artwork in this regard. “It is important for content creators, from TV, cinema and music; to bring stuff that opens up people’s minds. Art is a peaceful weapon. Even if we are able to change and open up one mind, that is enough,” she stated, including that Ekta echoes her views on the matter.

About her newest project, Monica revealed she learn the guide solely after she was accomplished with all of the script listening to classes. “Respect where it is due, the book is worth something so beautiful, we (the show) stand on the same ground (as the book) but this (the web show The Married Woman) is not exactly the book. Those who are in touch with the book, will be surprised by the show.”

She additionally stated that taking pictures the show was a tiring expertise, primarily as a result of of the hectic schedule and the truth that her dialogues have been largely in Hindi. “One of my bigger challenges (while working on The Married Woman), was that my character shape shifts and in one scene, she is like 20 different people. Adding to that, (it was a) lot of Hindi. That was challenging. This is my first web show and I have never shot back to back. My films have been ensemble (cast) so I never shot so much for a project. It is a lot harder to do shows. A show where you are shooting 10 pages a day, with 6 hours’ turn around time. This was the most gruelling schedule of my life.”

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She added, “I must thank director Sahil Raza, he has been fantastic. I must share this, until the last moment, we kept bettering the show. Like, we are shooting tomorrow and tonight we are discussing how to improve. Even on the edit table, if there was something which we thought could make the show better or make characters more specific, we made all those changes. There were many times portions were re-written and re-shot.”

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