Akshaya Gurav: Happy that I’m starting my film career with women-centric roles

Akshaya Gurav-starrer ‘Bittersweet’ recently bagged a nomination at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival. Akshaya plays the character of Saguna, a young sugarcane cutter who stands up to sugarcane barons to stop hysterectomy. For the part, Akshaya spent a lot of time with sugarcane cutters in a small village near Beed, and closely observed them cut the canes. “I had to observe them closely to be able to learn to cut sugarcane at the same speed and precision as they did,” she informs.

A month before the completion of ‘Bittersweet,’ earlier this year, Akshaya, has also wrapped up the shoot for another Marathi film, the release date and post production work for which has been postponed during the pandemic. Without divulging much about it, the actress says, “I am so lucky that both ‘Bittersweet’ and other films that I’ve shot for, are women-centric where I get to play women who are strong-willed and unconventional. As actresses we don’t always get the opportunity to play such parts. While I don’t say I don’t want to do rom-coms or play a romantic heroine, getting to portray such powerful women, that too, in the beginning of my film career is a great thing as an artiste.”

The actress, who is passionate about writing and also launched an initiative to encourage people to write as well as hone her skills as a writer in the lockdown, says, “I am a writer at heart and I certainly want do write and develop scripts in future, however I am still an amateur and have a long way to go before I take it up professionally. However, I would love to promote reading, writing and storytelling in all my capacity.”