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Shocking! Shriya Pilgaonkar reveals why she broke down on the sets of Guilty Minds!

The actress gets candid about her latest web series, why playing a lawyer was complex, and more

Rohit Bhatnagar | Updated on: Saturday, April 23, 2022, 06:43 AM IST

Pic: Instagram/shriya.pilgaonkar
Pic: Instagram/shriya.pilgaonkar
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Shriya Pilgaonkar is currently seen as a lawyer in Guilty Minds. The web series, which began streaming on Amazon Prime Video on April 22, is a courtroom drama. The Free Press Journal caught up with the actress for an exclusive chat. Excerpts:

Was playing Kashaf taxing for you, considering Guilty Minds is a legal drama?

I won’t say it was taxing, but it was complex for sure. It was fun to play a strong-headed Kashaf in the courtroom and show her vulnerable side in her personal life. I did meet my lawyer friends and visited the high court; this was one aspect but what’s more interesting was to play a different character. Bringing Kashaf to life fascinated me as an actor. She is very different from me. My director Shefali Bhushan helped me to find her.

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Did you wish to do a legal drama even before Guilty Minds was offered to you?

I love watching legal dramas, and as an actor, I never limit myself to do certain things. I want to play with the range of emotions, and in Guilty Minds, I got that opportunity to explore so many emotions as Kashaf. Since our director comes from a family of lawyers, the cases shown in the series are very well researched. The show has touched upon many issues and has many dimensions. Besides being a courtroom drama, it has a lot of humour too.

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Which is your favourite case from the series you shot for?

Yes, there are two cases in the show where my mind blew after reading them. There’s a case where a college student commits suicide, who is a video game addict. Who needs to be blamed? I empathise with the boy in this case. The second most important case in the show, where I broke down, was the case of the right to water. The reality of it had hit me so badly. It was like a spiritual experience. I couldn’t switch off from Kashaf since we shot during the pandemic.

Do you believe that Kashaf is your toughest role on OTT so far?

It is certainly the character that I got to live the longest. I can’t compare Kashaf with any of the previous roles I have done, but yes, this was the first time I had to carry something on my shoulders. I think if it’s just because of the complexity in Kashaf, yes, it is challenging.

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Post this role, will you look for meatier roles?

I don’t think that any kind of strategy works in the industry. At least I don’t look at it that way. I have always chosen parts that are creatively fulfilling; their screen time might be less though. I was really drawn to Kashaf’s character when I read her. In 2022, you will see me in four to five different roles and genres. I want to establish myself as a versatile actor. I finally feel seen as an actor.

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Published on: Saturday, April 23, 2022, 06:43 AM IST