Tejaswini the talented but underused sibling of Padmini Kolhapure had a tough time playing the troubled alcoholic wife-mother in Anurag Kashyap's Ugly.
To get to feel like a real alcoholic Tejaswini actually downed the hard stuff on the sets. Though it isn't unusual for male actors to drink on the job while playing an alcoholic, it is still pretty unusual for actresses to hit the bottle to look in character.
Confirming this bottled ode to method acting Tejaswini says, "Yes I did consume drink to play the character. But not much as to lose my senses. No matter how drunk the character got, I had to be in-charge"
Tejaswini is very excited about the release of Ugly. "Audiences and critics will finally see my work in Ugly. I'm very excited because this is my second film with Anurag Kashyap. I started my acting career with Anurag in Paanch which never got released."
Reactions to the film and to her performance have so far been overwhelming. "My family and friends have watched Ugly. Their response is heartening. I do hope Indian audiences accept and like the film."
Tejaswini thinks Ugly to be among Kashyap's best works. "The audience won't be able to move from their seats. I owe my entire existence as an actress to Anurag Kashyap."