The innocence that is personified Tin Dhriti's character in The Family Man 2 echoes in Ashlesha Thakur, the 17-year-old actress who plays her. This is the first time I'm speaking to a journalist in a solo interview! she exclaims over the phone. Yet, the teenager handles the questions like a pro, spicing up her answers with interesting anecdotes. Ashlesha, who was only 14 when she starred in the first season of The Family Man, has been doing commercials since the age of eight. She has done over 50 ads now. She is thrilled with the response from the smash hit Web series, I relate to Dhriti to some extent. But she is very smart. I'm not like that.
How did your family and friends react to the second season?
So many people are messaging me, congratulating me. This is the first time I am getting so much love and appreciation for my work. It's very, very, overwhelming. My whole family was like, 'What have you done? This is so surprising, you are not our kid!'
You were a part of a gruesome murder scene. Take us through that.
You know, I was just running away from that particular scene. I did not want to shoot it. I was like, 'kal karenge, aaj nahin.' But they were like, 'Just go for it.' I'm a very spontaneous actor. I'm not that brilliant of an actor who gets into the gist of the character and studies it... I cannot do that. I wanted it to be spontaneous because I did not want to think about it a lot. I did not want to think about how to act, how to sit because that would make me very mechanical. After the shoot, I was like, 'Yeh maine kiya hai?' Did I really do this?' It was very mentally challenging, very exhausting. My team took such care of me. Raj sir (Family Man co-creator Raj Nidimoru) would force-feed me... While shooting for the particular sequence, I didn't know if I'm doing a great job or doing it right. But when Manoj sir (Manoj Bajpayee) and Raj sir and all the creators started appreciating me, I realized I am on the right track. You know, if they compliment me, it's a big deal because they don't flatter people.
You are such a young actor. How did you feel with all that blood makeup on your face?
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