Shriya Pilgaonkar, actress in ‘Haathimere Saathi’ seeks harmony with the natural world

Shriya Pilgaonkar, actress, says that her film “Haathi Mere Saathi” has an important and very relevant story. It examines the delicate relationship between humans and nature.

She said, “For an ecosystem to survive it must have a harmonious balance.” We humans have already caused a lot of destruction on the planet, but nature is God and God IS nature. It was my first time shooting in a rainforest. Being disconnected from any network allowed me to fully experience the film and the story. Shriya plays the role of Arundhati. When asked how she connects with her character, Shriya says that ‘Arundhati is always active in seeking the truth and fighting for it. She is a person who cannot be silenced. Personally, I believe that one must constantly work on courage in all areas of life. Sometimes the characters I play help me to become the person that I want to be. The film, directed by Prabu Solomon is about the strong bond that humans have with animals. Rana Daggubati stars alongside Pulkit Samrat and Shriya Pilgaonkar. Zoya Hussain is also in the film.

Shriya also shares her experience working with Rana Daggubati, who plays the role of Bandev in the movie. She said, “When Rana Daggubati played the role of Bandev in the movie, I didn’t recognize him.” It was surreal to see his transformation into the character. Shriya is convinced that lockdown was a time when nature thrived. “During lockdown, we all thrived to become better. We looked inside to rebuild ourselves. Nature did the exact same. It took time to heal. She says that nature blossomed when it was least disturbed, which gave her hope for a better tomorrow.”

Shriya will soon be starring in a comedy and a legal drama. She hasn’t spoken out about them. “I have exciting projects in the works that have yet to be officially announced. One is a legal drama, the other is a funny comedy. Shriya says that she has the second season of ‘Gone Game’ as well as ‘Crackdown’ in production. She also has a movie in the works.

“Haathi Mere Seathi” will be released on Zee Cinema Direct-to-TV on September 18.