A graduate of the prestigious National School of Drama in India, Rohini Hattangady has since had a prolific career in Marathi and Hindi theatre. Besides being the first woman in Asia to act in a Japanese Kabuki play, Ibaragi, directed by Japanese director, Shozo Sato she was also the first woman to act in a folk play, called Yakshagana, directed by K. Shivaram Karanth.

She has won numerous awards including a BAFTA for her role of Kasturba in Richard Attenborough's, Gandhi, an Indian National Award for Party, two Indian Filmfare Awards for Arth and Agneepath and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre.

Why Do Pahar?

When I read the script of Do Pahar, I was immediately taken by Sudha's character. I liked the script very much and the plight of aging people is especially close to my heart. The neglect and lack of belonging suffered by the old is very prevalent in today's society.

However, Sudha might be physically incapacitated but her spirit and courage are intact. As an actor, Sudha's physical disability was challenging and I had to constantly remind myself of it. I'm a very impulsive actor and don't like over preparing for a role. And when you're playing opposite a good actor like Debu (Dibyendu Bhattacharya), you just feed off him.

I enjoy working with young filmmakers. They're very charged and bring a different energy to the process. Before we filmed scenes, Shazia, Sharifa, Debu and I would have discussions about the characters, the writing and the story and as an actor, I felt very included in the story telling process.