EXCLUSIVE: Rati Pandey on Shaadi Mubarak, breaking typecast for playing a mother onscreen & replacing Rajshree

In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Rati Pandey opens up on Shadi Mubarak, why she was apprehensive about playing a 40-year old and comparisons with Rajshree Thakur which is mentally prepared for. Read.
Rati Pandey replaces Rajshree Thakur in Shaadi MubarakEXCLUSIVE: Rati Pandey on Shaadi Mubarak, breaking typecast for playing a mother onscreen & replacing Rajshree
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Rati Pandey has taken over the reins of Shaadi Mubarak now as she replaced Rajshree Thakur as Preeti Jindal. The first episode starring Rati went on air on Monday and the actress is slowly and steadily getting into the world of Preeti. In a candid chat with her, we asked Rati on replacing Rajshree, her apprehensions, fear of getting typecast and the comparisons which are bound to happen. Rati also revealed that her endeavour is to ensure people accept her as Preeti. Over to her:

You have played many different characters. This, however, is a replacement. How challenging will it be?

Each character that I have played before, every character was constrast. I have always attempted new roles in all my shows and maintained that consistency. This is a new thing for me and an experiment. The reason I am calling it an experiment is because it is a replacement. The character has been already established for at least two months and people have accepted it. Now, I have come as a replacement but it is my forte now. I know there are a lot of expectations and there will be a lot of comparisons, so I will have to face all of it. I would not say it is challenging but it is a huge responsibility for me as an actor. 

You had mentioned before about your apprehensions of playing an elderly role...?

I have always been apprehensive for all my shows which I have done, even if it went on to be trend setters. For MJHT, I remember I went for 2-3 look test and was apprehensive because it was an ensemble cast and I was like what will I do but gradually the character went on to become iconic. I have seen that as an actor too I have gradually grown and my state of mind and though about myself as a performer has changed over the years. Same here, I was apprehensive about Preeti as well because it is an elderly character, and I had not played a 40- year old as yet. Then I thought why not make a revolution on TV by doing this. People might accept me as Preeti. 

I should feel like a heroine when I take up a show, irrespective of whether it is a mother’s role or a lover
Rati Pandey

The storyline of the show is intriguing for sure... what do you think?

The storyline of the show was such that I got excited. I earlier did not know the storyline, I was only told that there will be a love story between these two characters and that excited me because on TV, if you don’t have a love story, somehow masses don’t connect with it. It’s been years that I did not do a love story so it will be refreshing. I did mythological show last so what happens is you get calls for similar roles especially on TV, but I never did a similar character again. I like to feel new when I take up a new project. 

How has the first few days on sets been?

I won’t say I have got into the skin of Preeti already because I take my time to understand her graph and her journey in the last 50 episodes. I am always nervous to face the camera on a new show. Everyone is very supportive on set, they are making me understand her journey before and help me as much. 

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Usually actors have their apprehensions about playing mother onscreen because they get typecast. Did you face any typecast? How did you break it?

Yes definitely. I have also felt this typecast on Television. People are very judgemental within the fraternity. If I entered the industry 15 years back, they will consider me old. Why? When I saw that in a couple of shows youngsters are playing bahu, mother on screen, I had actually thought I won’t do it because they will typecast you. But I experimented it in Porus where I played a mother but I was a warrior, I was the heroine of the show. I got lot of appreciation for that show. I should feel like a heroine when I take up a show, irrespective of whether it is a mother’s role or a lover. People give up when they get typecast, but work for me is passion and not majboori. So I think I have been able to shatter those typecast.

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Anonymous 1 month ago

How come Preeti all of a sudden became so fair. Rati is totally unsuitable for the role. Audience had already whole heartedly accepted Rajshree Thakur as Preeti. If at all this Replacement was needed then makers should have kept Rajshree’s image in mind. The person of same age group, complexion ( that’s a must) & a with a lil similarity in the features. Accepting Rati Pandey as Preeti is next to impossible. I don’t feel like watching my fav. Show anymore. She looks like Tarun’s sister not mother.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Please it's a request

Anonymous 1 month ago

Please try to bring her back

Anonymous 1 month ago

I also don't like to watch show now.. We want to see Rajashree back. Even my 6years old daughter not watch show now. She is telling ""where is preeti, KT ne fight kita uske shaat"".. Please we want her back(´;д;`)

Anonymous 1 month ago

I don't enjoy the show anymore. Used to see Rajashree. Please try to convince her and bring her back

Anonymous 1 month ago

I don't understand how come a character who was losing a marriage contract due to her complexion and had 3 full episodes on the topic suddenly grows fair. Its a blunder mistake by the directors of the show. Rajeshwari Thakur was the best for the character of Preeti Jindal. Due to any circumstances if she had to leave the show, the director should remember the points while choosing the replacement character. Rati Pandey has no match with Preeti Jindal character. Neither with complexion nor with age. The show will lose its TRP due to its new choice

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajeshree Thakur prefect roll for preeti jindal. Please come back.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajshree was best for the role of Preeti. Rati is no match

Anonymous 1 month ago

Please get Rajshree back to show, Rati is no match to her

Anonymous 1 month ago

This change in Preeti role as well as change in show timings will not suit the audience I feel.I have stopped watching this serial.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Please get Rajshree back to the show...

Anonymous 1 month ago

Remove Rati from this show n bring back Rajshree . Without Rajshree this show has lost its charm

Anonymous 1 month ago

Don't want to see Rati Pandey as Preeti . Rajshree was perfect for this role . I have lost interest in watching this serial without Rajshree . Please bring her back . Rati is looking absolutely stupid in this role , she doesn't have any expressions on her face n hardly knows acting . Remove her ASAP

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajeswari as Pretty was the perfect match.. We loved to see her, every word, dialogue was best suited for her.. We are surely missing her. The new comer Rati is trying to be the same preeti. But how come Preeti became so fair surprising Kusum fairness??? Makers should've kept that in mind.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajshree was perfect for the role. The role suited to her complexion, aged, little nervousness...

Anonymous 1 month ago

Whatever the case may be Rati Pandey will not match the character played by Rajshree.The makers should have continued with Rajshree who connected very well with the audience.Rajeshwari like her husband Varun is best best at the moment.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajashree has kept her iconic mark of Preeti Jindal but Rati pandey is also nice in her place, I only think that she should show her more mother type of emotions ,rest else is good

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajeshwari Thakur is very much suitable for Preetis role.please bring her back to show.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajeshwari suits best for this role

Anonymous 1 month ago

get rajashwari back. She fits the role perfectly

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajshree Thakur without u the show has lost its charm.. Please come back.... Show directors please get her onboard

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rati Pandey is doing an amazing job... It takes time for audience to expect new lead as replacement it happens .. but loving RP as Preeti Jindal

Anonymous 1 month ago

I think rajeshwari was perfect. Rati pandey is nice but not for this roll. Suddenly how preeti became so fair.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajashree is best, it's not the same without her playing the role of preeti . Please get her back on show

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajeshwari is best, please get her back on show.

Anonymous 1 month ago

Rajeshwari is best I didn't not like the new enter

Anonymous 1 month ago

The previous woman’s name is Rajshree Thakur. Rajeshwari is already on the show so stop putting numerous of the same comments about Preeti. Rajshree is GONE so get used to it. Rati Pandey is doing a wonderful job and we wish her the best. May the show have much success!