EXCLUSIVE: "Everyone calls me Mishti here" says Ishita Ganguly of Shastri Sisters

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You know her as Anushka Shastri from Shastri Sisters. Ishita Ganguly,
from the City of Joy, Kolkata is living her life in City of Dreams,
Mumbai. She has been part of many telly serials in Kolkata like
'Annapurna', 'Bhasha' and a few telly films. In an exclusive
interaction with Pinkvilla.com, Ishita reveals how Facebook changed
her life, her journey from Tollygunge to Mumbai and more. Excerpts:

How did Shastri Sisters happen?

Actually I got selected through Facebook. The casting team spotted my
profile and I was called for an audition. I went to Mumbai for a short trip
and then took the audition. After a lengthy process I got selected for
the role of Anushka.

So you got lucky?

Lucky and also hard work paid off. Competition here in Mumbai is very tough compared to Kolkata. Even though FB got me noticed, I was selected due to my hard work.

From Anu (her character in Bengali serial Annapurna) to Anushka.
Tell us about your 'Anu' connection.

It is funny actually. In fact, I did my schooling from Annapurna Girls
High School...and now my character. I never noticed it that way but
it is coincidental.

Tell us about your family. How are you surviving in Mumbai?

My mother and brother are staying with me in a Mumbai, but my father
stays in Kolkata. I miss my relatives a lot. I missed Durga Puja. Even
for Diwali we got only one day off. It is difficult but I am enjoying
as I am my living my life to the hilt. Living in Mumbai has been a
dream and now I have no complaints.

How are you managing the long working hours?

At first it was difficult. Shastri Sisters was new and we had long
working hours. Sometimes almost 24 hours. But now it is relaxed to some extent with a 9-9 schedule which is bit easy.

What do you do during your free time?

I have been busy exploring Mumbai. I go out for movies, shopping. Have
been to Iskon temple with my mother. It is a lovely place. I go out
with my friends.

How is your bond with your on screen three sisters?

We are a riot off screen. We are all bunch of youngsters with great
chemistry. We do not get bored even for a single moment. Even after
pack up our fun continues.

A hidden talent that no one knows about you.

I love to dance. Lock me in a room for a full day, I will go on
dancing and listening to music. I had enrolled myself in the Ganesh
Acharya Dance Academy but had to leave it mid-way as this serial
happened.

Short take:

Favourite destination

I want to go Goa. I have never been there but keep hearing from my
friends about Goa. I really want to go there.

Style statement

Being comfortable in one's own skin. I love western wear but for
occasions I prefer Indian wear like saris.

You have fetish for

Glares, jackets and belts. I have many in my collection.

Fitness mantra

I don't follow any diet but eat proper amount of fat, protein, carbs
and all nutrients. Due to busy work schedule with no holidays it is
very difficult to follow a proper diet but I excercise regulary.

Favourite food

Fish. Give me fish in any form...be it Hilsa, Rohu or any fish,
I'll just gorge on it. People on set also tease me. They call me
Mishti because I love sweets. I also love alu posto (potato with poppy seeds).

Credits :Self

Comments

she is awesome, love her character on the show

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