At the age of 23, this talented girl is not only going to make her television debut but is also a successful certified theatre artiste, an English teacher, a voice over artist as well as a host. Rytasha Rathore is seen playing the leading lady in the upcoming serial, ‘Badho Bahu’ produced by Hum Tum Telefilms Private Limited (Producers–Teenna Swayyam,Sushant Kumar Rajesh Shandilya– Executive Director) and Sunny Side Up Films (Producer Dipti Kalwani) . The daily soap that is to go on air very soon will feature Rytasha as an unconventional daughter-in-law. The girl’s onscreen character is way different from her real life avatar and that’s exactly what you are going to enjoy watching. In a conversation with Cheryl Athaide,Rytasha talks about her entertaining journey.
So, I had set in my mind well in advance that I wanted to pursue acting. It was in the ninth grade that I chose acting. My sister had studied at the LASALLE- College of the Arts, Singapore, which paved a way for me too, to learn the art of acting. I applied for admission there, and got my skills polished at the institute after which I did a number of plays. My very first one was ‘Me Grandad ‘Ad An Elephant’ by Digvijay Sawant . It has been six years now into theatre.
What’s in the name of your debut, ‘Badho Bahu’?
The Sunny Side Up production team has given the name to the show, keeping in mind the life of Haryanvi women. In the Indian state of Haryana, if a woman is fat or stout, they call her badho. This is the real thing, the disparity between men and women. Komal, who is called Badho by the males and others in society, because of her healthy physical appearance. My character, Komal is a sweet and loving daughter-in-law. She is spunky, yet a simple girl who has a very big heart.
Theatre to television is quite a leap. What do you have to say about the transition?
Tell us a little about your role.
This serial certainly varies from what we are so used to seeing otherwise. This Bahu is quite different from other girls. Badho is not an introvert but an uncomplicated village girl who is very bubbly, normal and happy go lucky and anxiously awaits her dream husband. Komal has a different side to herself. She says the things she wants to say and is very brave and strong. She is extremely different from the other girls in the village.
A career that you think you could have pursued, other than acting?
Well, I would have loved to write or do stand-up comedy or even sketch comedy. Probably street based kind of plays.
What is it that you enjoy doing in your spare time?
It’s great to know that you have a family with a social background. How do you contribute to society?
I contribute to charity for social causes along with the family but the cause I feel very strongly about is the environment and how human beings have not been taking care of it. How people litter so much and all the time is what I really want to change. On the sets, I tell people not to litter. I believe taking these small steps will lead to the bigger change.
The best drama or play you have watched so far.
I’m getting to learn a lot and something new every day. It’s a different routine and demands for on the spot results. I can uncover so many things about myself. I will get to discover things about the character everyday, so it is a different process.