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Exclusive: Sucheta Dalal felt Scam 1992 was very well made, says Shreya Dhanwanthary

The actress believes this is the biggest compliment that the Hansal Mehta-directed show has received. 

(L to R) Journalist Sucheta Dalal and Shreya Dhanwanthary, the actress who played her in the web-series.

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Director Hansal Mehta’s acclaimed Hindi web-series Scam 1992 sees Shreya Dhanwanthary essay the character of the real-life journalist Sucheta Dalal, who blew the lid off the skulduggery of stockbroker Harshad Mehta. 

Asked whether the person on whom her character was based had seen the show, Dhanwanthary replied in the affirmative. “Oh yeah, she has seen the show and she has sent a message, stating that it was very well done. She has appreciated our characters. That’s the biggest compliment you can get,” she said. 

When we asked Dhanwanthary whether she had studied Dalal’s mannerisms, she was quick to add, “Mannerisms in the office and in real life are two different things. There are no video recordings of my character. There is archival footage of the interviews she has taken and there are her articles. We used these things to research the role. But there is only so much you can research. Like we had no idea how she was in office and in her personal life.” 

Dhanwanthary highlighted director Hansal Mehta’s role in her nailing the part. “Hansal sir deserves credit because he said 'whatever you wish to do, just don’t do it in a caricature-ish manner and just internalize the behaviour so that it looks natural',” she said. 

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