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Exclusive: Sai Is Just As Rebellious As I Am, Says Gautami Deshpande

Kedar Koli

April 13, 2020

9 min


Gautami Deshpande from Maza Hoshil Na shared her experience working in the show, her favourite co-star and confessed her love for singing. Read on!

Zee Marathi‘s romantic comedy Maza Hoshil Na is a wholesome family drama coupled with a love story of Sai and Aditya – two differing personalities who fall in love despite being opposites. The show boasts of a star cast consisting of veteran actors like Achyut Potdar, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Vidyadhar Joshi, Vinay Yedekar, and Sunil Tawde. Apart from these actors, Gautami Deshpande is a fresh face that has been introduced on the show. She plays the role of the female lead and the happy-go-lucky Sai. We had an exclusive interview with the actress to know more about her role in the show, her hobby of singing and her bond with her sister Mrunmayee Deshpande.

Watch Gautami Deshpande in the show Maza Hoshil Na here.

1.  How has your experience been working in Maza Hoshil Na so far? How’s it like working with senior actors like Vidyadhar Joshi, Achyut Potdar and others?

It’s been a great experience. And because it’s with Zee Marathi, it is all the more special. I’m working with all the senior actors in the room, including Achyut Potdar who’s 86 years old. They are a bunch of like-minded people and are very helpful. I share a special bond with the person who plays my father on the show, Atul Kale. It’s actually a father-daughter bond that I share with him. I’m really enjoying working with everyone.

2. Who is your favorite co-actor on the sets of the show?

Most of my scenes happen with my father Atul (Kale) sir and Naina (Mugdha Puranik). Naina is a good friend of mine but I would say my favourite co-actor on the set is Atul sir.

A Still From Maza Hoshil Na
A Still From Maza Hoshil Na

3. Are Gautami and Sai alike in any way?

Yes, the character of Sai is almost similar to me. There’s a little bit of innocence in me just like Sai. She’s also good at heart which is also a point of similarity. She’s just as rebellious by nature as I am. She doesn’t want to spend her life using her father’s money and wants to do something on her own. That’s also a point of similarity as I always wanted to pursue something on my own.

4. In the show, Sai and Naina are shown to be best friends. Who’s your confidante in real life?

Neha is my best friend in real life. There are many friends that I am close to. But yes, Neha Dixit is the one.

5. What kind of bond do you share with your sister Mrunmayee?

The bond I share with my sister Mrunmayee is just awesome. She’s my sister, my best friend, my mother, my confidante, my everything. We love each other too much. She’s always there for me whenever I am feeling low. She always gives me the best piece of advice. After talking to her, I feel good and sorted. It’s a kind of bond that I just cannot put into words.

6. The title song of the show has become very popular. What do you have to say about it?

When I got to know that Ashok Patki sir would be composing the title song of our show, I was ecstatic. I’ve been listening to him for a very long time. From Aabhalmaya, Vaadalvaat to Tula Pahate Re, I’ve been a fan of his title songs. When I heard the tune of the song for the first time, I knew it was going to be a hit for sure. I have never heard a melody as beautiful as this one. Also, I have been a big fan of Aarya Ambekar since her stint in Little Champs. She’s a fabulous singer. The combination of Ashok and Aarya has worked out wonderfully and I’m happy that I am a part of it. The picturisation of the song was dreamlike and the title song was more so.

7. What are your favourite show(s) on Zee Marathi?

I’ll name some of my favourite shows that I used to watch back in the day. We never had cable in our house so Kunku was the first-ever serial that I had watched. I used to like that show a lot. Kulvadhu is another one of my favourites.

8. What are the other genres of shows and movies that you would like to try for in the future?

I do not have any such preferences about the kind of work I would be doing. Whatever work comes to me, I will do it. But I would still like to try my hand at musicals. As I am from a singing background, I would be happy to work in a musical movie. If I am approached to do a film like La La Land in Marathi, I would be more than happy to do it.

9. Did you always want to become an actor?

No, actually. I first wanted to be an engineer so I completed my degree in mechanical ngineering. Then I got a job in core Mechanics which I did for four years. I also wanted to try my hand at singing which I am still pursuing. Recently I sang a song for my sister’s movie. I used to do work in plays and short films. I have even starred in two films. Even while doing this, I was still doing the job parallelly. But you can’t just kill two birds with a single stone. You have to make a choice ultimately. So entering the industry happened by chance as things kept falling into place for me. It was all unplanned. Let’s see what the future has in store.


10. You are often seen posting videos of your singing on Instagram. How do you manage to find time between shoots to pursue this hobby?

Whenever I have a holiday or whenever I’m in Pune, I sing. I do it whenever I get time. Singing is the only thing that keeps me alive. It’s my soul. I cannot live without it. You won’t believe that we sing even on sets. My father in the show Atul Kale shares this hobby of singing so whenever we’re off camera, we sing together.

12. What are your hobbies apart from singing and acting?

I like writing poems. I like watching films. Reading is also one of my hobbies. I even like to venture out for trekking and mountaineering. Both me and my sister like to go for treks.

13. What is your message for your followers?

Watch this show as it’s a different subject altogether. It’s light-hearted too. Something different than the typical Saas-Bahu shows. Keep showering your love on us. We appreciate criticism also but just don’t troll us. Keep telling us what you like and what you don’t.

Catch the romantic drama Maza Hoshil Na starring Virajas Kulkarni streaming now on Zee5. 

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