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Bidita Bag on Abhay 2: You won’t find many female murderers in Indian films

Actor Bidita Bag on playing the 'lustful murderer' Saloni in Abhay 2, working with Ken Ghosh and more.

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: September 8, 2020 7:39:27 pm
bidita bag abhay 2Bidita Bag plays a dreaded murderer in the garb of a prostitute in ZEE5 web show Abhay 2. (Photo: ZEE5)

Actor Bidita Bag plays a prostitute who kills men in ZEE5 series Abhay 2. Bidita believes there haven’t been many actresses who have played murderers.

During an Instagram live session with Indian Express Entertainment, Bidita talked about playing Saloni in Abhay 2, working with Ken Ghosh and more.

Here are excerpts from the conversation:

How was it playing ‘The Lustful Murderer’? Was it mentally draining and were there any apprehensions?

Yes, the costume and make-up department really worked hard on me to make me look “lustful”. Ken Ghosh told me that I needed to look sexy so eventually, I started feeling sexy.

It does get emotionally draining to enact the same murder scene again and again from different angles. And then the blood we use during shooting is very sticky. The apprehensions which I had before the shooting were gone after meeting Ken Ghosh.

Were you convinced about playing such a character for the first time? It had a very Gone Girl vibe.

You pick up Indian films, you won’t find many female murderers. We do have such characters in Hollywood films but their body language is very different. Their stories and struggles are different too. My character is from UP. So I had to keep her rawness intact. It was also important for me to understand her back story as to why she became a murderer. Above all, my episode was written well.

Apart from the logistics, was getting into her psyche difficult?

It takes time to get into the character, but that’s the work of an actor. Big stalwarts can easily switch on and off, but not me. The problem is, when you go to sleep, you get ideas that I could’ve killed in this particular way or given that expression. You even dream about someone chasing you, and you are either the victim or the killer. I did spoil my sleep because of all that.

bidita bag abhay 2 killer Bidita Bag in a still from Abhay 2.

Tell me about working with the cast of Abhay.

Kunal Kemmu appreciated my work after Abhay 2’s release. I didn’t know where to go and hide (laughs). But the response is great. People are liking my character. That’s what we work for, to get audience appreciation. Everyone was very chilled out on set. There was fun, but also a lot of serious work. The best part was they began and packed-up shoot at the right time. Even the actors were very professional. So, everyone’s energy level was at its peak and things went off smoothly.

Read | Abhay 2 actor Chunky Panday: I changed myself physically to play Harsh

You’ve played quite a few characters who come from a small town. Do you feel typecast?

I get more roles of a village girl. I wish to do some urban roles too. I try to do characters which are different, and less of the typical hero-heroine story. There should be a balance in life.

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