Marathi actor Ashwini Ekbote was to shoot for a promotional photo shoot for her film, Miss You Miss. She also had to dub for her role in this yet-to-be-released Marathi movie. On Saturday, she died tragically in the middle of a dance performance in Pune. She was 44.
Her co-actor in the Marathi movie, Bhagyesh Desai, remembers Ashwini as a warm and genuine person. “I worked with her in Miss You Miss that will be released in December. We were talking only yesterday about her photo shoot for promotion of the movie. Since she was engaged in the evening, we postponed the shoot,” recalls Desai.
Bhagyesh Desai has had known Ashwini for two years. He shares his experience of working with her, “Ashwini never used glycerin for emotional roles. She played her characters with complete dedication and intensity. We were shooting for a scene when Ashwini didn’t hear director calling ‘cut’. She continued performing the character despite the noise on set after the cut. She used to be so involved in her character that sometimes other actors had to calm down her, hug her. We used to say ‘relax’,” recalls Desai.
The actor came to the sets completely prepared. Ashwini was meticulous in reading minute details of the script and also used to discuss with her director. Ashwini would often request the makers if she wanted to do a scene again. She has played some roles without charging fees.
Ashwini Ekbote was a very popular theatre artiste in Maharashtra. She achieved that popularity in few years. “Her theatre performance was always houseful. Her play Tya Tighanchi Goshta was quite popular. She was the top performing actress in Marathi TV serials also,” says Desai.
Besides being an artiste, Ashwini was actively involved in women empowerment and environmental issues. Marathi movie Bho Bho based on dogs starring Ashwini reflects the same. She will also be credited with her contribution to propagating the popularity of dance in Maharashtra.
“Ashwini was a professional dancer. She used to conduct many dance shows across the state. And she completed her dance before dying on stage yesterday,” says Desai.
When asked if her she has done her part in unreleased Marathi movie, Desai says, “Her role in the movie was shot entirely. We have to dub the voice for all actors. We will try to enhance the on location voice of Ashwini, but that’s very difficult. In that case, we will have to use the voice of another actor,” says Desai.