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‘I don’t see any logic to it, however don’t need to negate it’: Supriya Pathak on believing in superstitions

By way of the numerous roles she has essayed and the characters she has lived in movies and theatre, veteran actor Supriya Pathak has entertained us for a few years. Now, at 60, she has discovered herself exploring a brand new medium: audio.
The Wake Up Sid actor has lent her voice to Audible’s ‘Buri Nazar‘, a present narrated by her together with co-actors Sayani Gupta and Rithvik Dhanjani. It’s the Hindi model of the Audible authentic ‘Evil Eye‘, which launched 2019.
In a latest unique interplay with indianexpress.com, Pathak talked in regards to the expertise of being part of an audio present, if she believes in real-life curses or ‘buri nazar‘, her pandemic expertise and what she intends to do when it ends, amongst different issues. Excerpts:

Inform us about Buri Nazar; what was the expertise of engaged on an audio present?
It was an incredible expertise — one thing that was new to me. It was a brand new problem that I went by at this age. It’s a troublesome style to work on — one can be excited to take it up, but in addition really feel nervous about it. It is just your voice that you’re projecting. I’m used to my face additionally serving to me, however right here I needed to do it simply with my voice.
How completely different was it from performing in movies and doing theatre?
Very completely different. In each these mediums, you’re utilizing your total self. However right here, it’s only the voice that’s going to create the character and inform the story. In movies, tv, theatre, or some other audio-visual medium, you may have each the features by which you’ll talk.
The actor, pictured right here together with her mom Dina Pathak, mentioned whereas she by no means believed in superstitions though the elders within the household did expose her to such beliefs. (Categorical archive picture)
What was the preparation course of like?
Mainly, I learn the script a number of instances earlier than we went on. I had created a form of picture for my character ‘Usha’. My director informed me the best way he needed me to talk and what he needed me to painting. It was somewhat troublesome initially. However I then carried on with it. My very own preparation actually didn’t assist me as a lot as what the director needed; he is aware of the medium higher and was clear.

The present is basically about curses and misfortunes. Do you imagine in superstitions?
No, not likely. I don’t see any logic to it. However on the similar time, I don’t need to negate it, as a result of I’ve been born and introduced up on this, due to my mom and grandmother, and the elders within the household, who would at all times speak in regards to the ‘buri nazar‘. I’ve not put this into my youngsters’s heads, so their upbringing is devoid of all this. It’s due to the best way Pankaj (Kapur, her husband) and I feel now.
Do you suppose the pandemic is a buri nazar on the human race?
(Laughs) Oh sure! I feel politicians are placing their buri nazar everywhere in the world!
How have you ever been coping within the pandemic, emotionally and bodily?
Loads of issues have modified throughout this time. I had by no means actually imagined — with the form of development in science — that I might ever see one thing like this. However now that we now have skilled it first-hand, it has modified all of us.
So far as coping is worried, I strongly imagine in the truth that no matter is written in your future, will certainly occur. No matter we now have sowed, so we could reap. So that is all our doing. That is what we’re imagined to have gone by. I coped [with the pandemic] by accepting that you just can’t actually change future. So allow us to undergo with it with as a lot positivity as we will.
Bodily, the masks is one thing that troubles me, however I put on it. I sanitise and wash my arms as a lot as attainable; hold social distancing. However I’ve been working, too. I’ve labored in every kind of situations and locations. I’ve met with lots of people, the place I’ve tried explaining to them what this illness is.
Pathak has made her audio debut with Audible’s ‘Buri Nazar‘, a present narrated by her together with co-actors Sayani Gupta and Rithvik Dhanjani. (Picture: PR handout)
What are a few of the stuff you do to remain wholesome?
I do yoga — that’s the solely factor I actually get pleasure from doing. That’s my ‘me-time’. I really feel relaxed mentally and bodily, and it helps have extra agility in my physique. I additionally attempt to eat wholesome as a lot as attainable, however I’m not extraordinarily good at it. I like my bhel and my pani-puri. I’m not enthusiastic about fried stuff.
Inform us about a few of the lockdown actions that you’ve loved doing.
I watched a whole lot of movies on OTT platforms and skim a whole lot of books. I’ve actually loved this time, I’ve no points staying at residence. I’m not a lot of an outgoing individual; I might exit just for work. I’m not a shopaholic, I don’t like going to eating places. I’m nonetheless having fun with this course of.

Is there any post-pandemic exercise that you just actually sit up for doing?
Travelling! That’s one factor which has actually tousled my life, as a result of I like to journey and do a whole lot of it. I like London, however I can’t simply choose up my bag and go to town now. The minute somebody broadcasts the pandemic is over, I’ll pack my bag and depart! I have already got my listing of locations prepared.
One life-changing lesson that the pandemic has taught you, which you’d need to share with readers…
Something can occur on this world. Whether it is in your future, something can occur — good or unhealthy.
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