Actor Nushrratt Bharuccha, on playing the role of a maid in the short film ‘Khilauna’ of Ajeeb Daastaans and the struggles that she is still going through in the entertainment industry, mentions that she learnt mannerisms from her own house help who herself is a very endearing character.
My main reference point was my own house help. I feel the character that I play was very close to her. My help has the same fighting spirit and she is always trying to survive the toughest situations of her life. She doesn’t crib and does all the chores with a smile on her face. The moment she enters our house she brings in a lot of positivity. I found my help to be a very endearing character to take from and learnt her mannerisms. Observing her the most made me understand my character in the film better. As far as the body language is concerned you can watch them do the housework, but just be doing so can’t learn how to sweep or mop the floor properly. So, the lockdown was a learning lesson and helped me learn the skill of jhadoo pocha. I learnt to do all the household chores and it was showing in my body language.
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