National Award-winning actress Amruta Subhash plays the role of a housewife obsessed with television for her upcoming film, Island City.
“While preparing for a role, it is necessary to be yourself. One doesn’t know what’s latent within you. Greenery works for me. It helps me get in touch with my inner self. I like to read a script at one go. Sometimes, though, it can take two-three days,” says Subhash seated at the house ringed by peepul trees, during an interview.
She was last seen on the big screen as Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sister in Raman Raghav 2.0. As one of the protagonists in her next — Island City, which releases on September 2 — she plays a housewife who embraces a life parallel to that of her favourite soap opera.
Island City, which bagged the Best Young Director award for Ruchika Oberoi at the Venice Film Festival last year, needed Subhash to undergo a role reversal of sorts.
Her major breakthrough came in 2004 when she acted in a Marathi television show called Awaghachi Sansaar as Aasawari, a woman whose husband physically abuses her.
“At that time many viewers of the show, whenever they met me, would sympathise with me. I used to wonder why people cannot separate life from television. When I acted in Island City, it was like representing my viewers,” she says.
Sarita, Subhash’s character in Island City, is in love with the male lead of a soap opera and starts imagining that her life is akin to what’s portrayed on the show. Playing Sarita’s character, confesses Subhash, was a “surreal experience”.
Even though she has been part of several acclaimed movies such as Firaaq (2008) and Marathi films Valu (2008) and Gandha (2009), the popular Marathi actress found national recognition only with Avinash Arun-directed Killa that released in 2015. – CINEWS