Shreya Dhanwanthary is rapidly climbing the ladder of success, one success project at a time. The actor rose to fame as a brave cop named Zoya in Manoj Bajpayee starrer The Family Man season one and then played a determined journalist in Hansal Mehta’s 1992 Scam. Shreya is now gearing up for the release of her short film, Birth, in which she plays the role of a pregnant woman for the first time. Also read: Shreya Dhanwanthary Reveals Bhumi Pednekar Auditioned For Her And Vaani Kapoor For Dhoom 3
In an interaction with Hindustan Times, Shreya opened up about the film Birth, which revolves around a pregnant woman who enrolls in a maternity center for counseling during pregnancy and childbirth. But what happens next is highly unexpected.
What is Birth about?
It is associated with horrors associated with women trying to do the best for their child. She listens to people telling her what to do and what not to do. They keep giving her advice and this leads to a not so friendly situation.
Tell us more.
More than playing a pregnant woman, the focus is more on the sound that surrounds the pregnancy. It’s more about the guilt and fear that women go through. How people constantly force their opinions on what they should and shouldn’t do. The story was very interesting. It explores something we haven’t seen on screen very often. So we thought it would be interesting to explore whether the group would turn out to be a lot more sinister.
Do you think even today women in India and even the US can’t make decisions about childbirth? Other people make decisions on their behalf.
I find it quite sad. The situation should have improved by now. I can’t believe we’re living in the 21st century and this is still something that we struggle with, that someone will tell us what to do with our bodies. People who have no idea about our experiences, what we are going through, tell us what to do.
Also, no credit is given to women for going through childbirth.
Absolutely, no credit is given to women anywhere. We make it sound like they’re superhumans and it’s such a miracle, but we don’t help them. We do not make laws or allow society to function in a way that is beneficial to them.
You were a revelation in Family Man and then Scam 1992. Did the two shows lead to you getting more and better offers?
Yes, after that I had Mumbai Diaries and a movie with R Balki coming out soon. Then I also have a movie with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Hopefully it will get bigger and better for me now. I’m curious what happens next.
Are you getting the attention you deserve?
Not so much, a little, I don’t realize it when it happens. It’s just nice that people know I exist.
Birth will be streamed on Disney+ Hotstar starting August 27. Lillete Dubey also plays a crucial role. The film, directed by Shyam Sundar, is written by Neha RT.