Pratibha Ranta reveals similarities between her roles in Laapataa Ladies, Heeramandi: ‘It was the same emotion’ | Bollywood

In diverging roles for Kiran Rao’s “Laapataa Ladies” and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar,” actress Pratibha Ranta discovered an underlying commonality in the emotions her characters conveyed. She shared this insight with Indian Express, revealing a thread of similarity in distinctly different narratives. (Read More: Pratibha Ranta discusses her connectivity with audiences in “Laapataa Ladies” interview)

Pratibha Ranta in scenes from “Laapataa Ladies” and “Heeramandi.”

‘A drive for autonomy’

In “Laapataa Ladies,” Pratibha took on the role of Jaya, a girl from a traditional family, thrust into an unwanted marriage. Her character in “Heeramandi” was Shama, a stunning young woman entangled in her mother’s, a courtesan named Waheeda (played by Sanjeeda Sheikh), feelings of jealousy.

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Describing her time on the set of “Heeramandi” as enchanting, Pratibha expressed, “Stepping onto the ‘Heeramandi’ set, I was transported into an entirely different universe. The setting was expansive, and the portrayal of each character varied greatly. Jaya is introspective. She deliberates carefully before any action. She’s vigilant, like having an extra set of eyes because she’s undertaking a covert act. I constantly kept these elements in mind while crafting Jaya.”

However, she found that both roles resonated with the same fundamental desire for liberty. Reflecting on this, she commented, “Despite the differences, at their core, both roles resonated the same desire for the freedom to pursue my own path.”

‘A resonance with my own journey’

In a conversation with Hindustan Times following the release of “Laapataa Ladies,” Pratibha shared how she found a personal connection with her character. “She speaks out for herself when others won’t, and holds strong to her beliefs. It’s easy to empathize with her. I noticed parallels between her narrative and my own. My family had alternate aspirations for me, but I was drawn towards acting. I moved from Shimla to Mumbai to chase my ambitions. In many ways, my resolve mirrored hers – I’ve always been determined to steer my own course. I instinctively felt aligned with her persona,” she expounded.

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