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Was waiting for an opportunity to reunite with Umesh Kamat: Priya Bapat on web-series Aani Kay Hava?...

The last time the real-life couple were seen together on screen was in the Marathi movie Time Please (2013).

Keyur Seta

Director Varun Narvekar’s Marathi web-series Aani Kay Hava?... brings real-life couple Priya Bapat and Umesh Kamat together six years after their last joint appearance in the Marathi film, Time Please (2013). 

During an interaction with the media, Bapat said that she was waiting for a project that would bring them together again. “I was waiting for this opportunity to get a script where I can reunite with Umesh. I should thank Varun for writing a script where we could fit,” she said. 

It was a good experience for her, not just because of Kamat’s presence. “It was a very good experience because Umesh is my favourite actor and Varun is one of my favourite directors. If you get to work with those with whom you wish to work then it can’t get better than that. I think we had the most enjoyable shoot ever,” she said. 

Priya Bapat and Umesh Kamat in Time Please (2013)

Aani Kay Hava?... tells the story of a married couple that goes through their daily routine with a lot of togetherness. It is streaming on MX Player and will have six episodes featuring six different incidents between the lead pair. “I am playing the character of Jui. The story is about the friendship that blossoms out of her marriage with Saket,” added the actress. 

Speaking about her experience on the sets, Bapat said, “We stayed as one family on the sets. These two boys who look very simple, quiet and introvert can bully me and how! They love and enjoy that because I get irritated very soon. And when I get irritated, they get a lot of entertainment out of it.” 

This is Bapat’s second web-series after Nagesh Kukunoor’s City Of Dreams, which also starred Siddharth Chandekar, Atul Kulkarni, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Flora Saini. 

When asked what she thinks of the new medium, she said, “I am liking this medium a lot. But I am not in love with just one medium. I would like to act in any medium which gives me an opportunity to do some good work and tell a good story. I don’t work while keeping the medium in mind.” 

Bapat believes that content creators have plenty of creative scope in web-series because there is no pressure of duration. “There is no compulsion of time here. A director can make a film of three hours, 30 minutes or even three minutes. The writer and director get a lot of creative freedom, which I feel is important,” she said. 

While she agrees that there is no pressure of censors, she also believes that the creators and the audience should keep a healthy relationship. “We always make content while ensuring that nobody’s sentiments are hurt. The writer and director should take that moral responsibility. At the same time, if any reality of the society is portrayed, people should accept it as the mirror of the society and take something from it instead of taking offence,” she said. 

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