Karishma Tanna on winning award for Scoop: Now, I am known as a pretty girl with acting talent

Directed by Hansal Mehta, the show is streaming on Netflix
Karishma Tanna
Karishma Tanna

In an interview with IANS, Karishma Tanna who recently bagged the best lead actress award for her streaming series Scoop directed by Hansal Mehta at the Busan Film Festival 2023, spoke about her win and celebrating the journey of her character Jagruti Pathak.

"It started with the series category, and straight away I am hearing Scoop, so it was a very good start for me. Nervous, because I was the first one to go on the stage among the artists. I was representing Netflix, the entire show, Hansal Mehta sir. Speak to different countries, artists, people from all walks of life were sitting there. It was very surreal," she said. Winning a film festival is a big deal, so I am glad that I got to experience this for Scoop."

"Scoop has come to me, I mean it's a brilliant show to be a part of, it's definitely a feather in the cap, but I have always been looking for, and have always drawn to, something which is challenging. I won't be able to do something that doesn't excite me. I will not take up only. That is why you hardly see me doing back to back OTT or TV shows. I need something that stimulates my mind, which challenges me on the set. And I would continue to do that," said Tanna.

The 39-year-old actress said, "My perception was like a pretty girl who is in this industry. But now I am known as a pretty girl with acting talent. So, that kind of perception has changed for good actually.

"People see me in a different light now. I assume people will consider me if they have five names of artists, they would consider me also. So the perception must have changed. I am happy that I have got to prove my talent," she shared.

Scoop is based on Jigna Vora's biographical memoir ‘Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison’. It follows the real-life story of Jigna Vora who was accused of the murder of mid-day reporter Jyotirmoy Dey in June 2011.

Further talking about turning into Jigna Vora, the actress said, "I had no brief to turn into Jigna, because Hansal sir didn't want me to become Jigna Vora. He didn't want me to transform into any real character."

"I was playing a real life character for sure, but he wanted me to colour my own board. He kept it like an open book. He told me to colour it the way I wanted to. He asked me to make my own graph. So that was the beauty about my director that he just let me be, and he just said that he doesn't want me to meet the person, and follow anybody," she said.

"Hansal sir told me the basic things -- like she is a crime reporter, has a son, she was fierce, ambitious. The script was so nicely and beautifully written, then the audience understood the graph of the character, and fortunately it matched with her real traits also," Tanna concluded.

Scoop also stars Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Harman Baweja in lead roles, along with Prosenjit Chatterjee, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deven Bhojani in pivotal roles. The show is streaming on Netflix.

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