Mithila Palkar is one of the few actors who have had a heady journey from doing sketches to becoming an actress in a Netflix series. TheDigitalHash got in contact with her, to know more about her meteoric rise and what’s in store for her in the future.
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How did the web series Little Things come into being?
It was a continuation of our sketches. People saw the first few episodes of the Filtercopy sketches that me and Dhruv were doing and they said they wanted to see more of the two characters.
Pocket Aces told Dhruv to write a show. In a show, you and Mithila will share screen space for longer and be the part of a story. That’s how we made the show and I invariably happened to be part of it.
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How was it preparing for the second season?
We always wanted to do a second season. The more exciting thing for us was that Netflix has decided to back us up and they wanted to release it as an Original.
That was a very big deal for us. We were very excited about it. We were already working on the second season and Netflix came on board. We were elated when the deal finally came through.
How would you describe Kavya in a single sentence?
She is a brave and intelligent girl, who loves her boyfriend very much.
How did you prepare for the role?
I didn’t. It was such an organic creation of Kavya, I was already playing her without realising that I was already playing her, without knowing that it will be part of a series.
What’s a genre you’d like to explore?
I want to explore thriller. I have always so far been doing slice of life, and I don’t have any regrets. But I have enjoyed reading thrillers and mysteries as a kid. I would like to be part of a film that’s of the thriller genre.
Who would you cast as Alia Bhatt, if you’d have the option? And Dhruv?
I guess Alia Bhatt as the female lead. And if it’s Alia Bhatt as the female lead, it’d of course be Ranbir Kapoor as the male lead.
How was it on the sets of Little Things 2?
There was a vast difference in working on the first season and the second season. In the first season, even Pocket Aces was learning the trade.
In the first season, we had a fair set of struggles. In the second season, we were well prepared. We had a different director this time around. Ruchir Arun, he was so passionate about the show. There was never any argument. It was always a healthy debate. In the end, Ruchir was also open to the idea of things in a couple of ways – so we get an idea of what will work and what won’t.
You are now the girl-next-door for a whole generation. How comfortable are you in this space?
It is comfortable. This is my comfort zone. But you know, as an actor, you get satisfaction only when you get to play a lot of different characters. But that doesn’t mean that I will give up on slice of life and do everything else.
Which was the most difficult scene for you?
The one in which we are fighting and shouting at each other in the hotel room. It was difficult because it’s a long scene as well. That one scene was an eleven-pager.
There’s no way that we will remember all that we have said in the previous take. Also, the one in which fight in the car. Also, we had to be angry at each other.
You say anything in a fit of anger. I think it was difficult for everyone. Not just for the actors, it was difficult for the director and for the continuity as well.
Which mainstream actor would you like to see in a web series?
There’s an option now. Someone who wants to try their hand at streaming will do that, someone who wants to try their hand at films will do that. I don’t think there’s any boundary. I would like to see all of them in the streaming world.
What’s next for you?
There are a lot of things that are around but not yet in place. I can’t talk about that, but I want to explore films and remain active in the streaming world as well.
Whichever place gives me the best content, I will be there. It doesn’t matter which region it is, which language or which platform it is.