Ridhi Dogra, who recently came under the limelight after her dazzling performance as Astha in ALT Balaji’s most talked-about show ‘The Married Woman’, had initially rejected the role. Yes, you read it right!
In a recent interview, the show’s producer and creative head of Balaji telefilms– Ekta Kapoor revealed, “The first time I sent the script of ‘The Married Woman’ to Ridhi, she told me that she doesn’t want to do the show since it talks about a same-sex relationship and I am very scared on how it portrays women. I told her that I am personally involved in this show. Then the show’s director, Sahir Raza, came into the picture, and he is one of the most interesting men I have met, he is a feminist and comes from a great lineage. He asked me how will we normalize two women if we don’t show them kissing, hugging, or holding each other. I told him that it should not look sleazy since I have made this show from the heart, and I want it to come out real, and he said leave it to me. The idea was to normalize it on the one hand and the other not make it provocative for men or for anybody to find it exciting in a way that is not relatable.”
While talking about this, Ridhi Dogra said, “I think I had read the first draft of the show, which we were not supposed to since that wasn’t the final one. The sensitivity that all of them had, including Ekta and the show’s creative team, came on board had put me at ease. I met Sahir after lockdown, and we spoke about the show and our respective characters and the world that they were going to create. There was a lot of responsibility, and everything happened with a sensitivity that I don’t think there came a day when I doubted my decision to be part of the show after that. I was excited that a bunch of really creative people, have got together to make this beautiful show, and not letting anything go off-tone, even during rehearsals. So I think it’s all of us coming together and kudos to Ekta Kapoor for bringing us together!”
Astha is one of the protagonists of the show, she is a perfect wife, mother, daughter-in-law, daughter. She has been always following the path given by her family and society until Peeplika comes into her life. Astha is the woman next door, a character you will definitely fall in love with.
The series is adapted from the novel ‘A Married Woman’ written by Manju Kapur. The Novel is set in the year 1992 and focuses on various issues and taboos which are relatable even today.
Along with Ridhi Dogra, the other protagonist of the show is Monica Dogra. The show also has Suhaas Ahuja, Imaad Shah, and various other talented actors.
‘The Married Woman’ is a must watch show binge-worthy, currently streaming on ALT Balaji