Shibani Dandekar makes a fleeting appearance in Four More Shots Please! Season 2, Amazon Prime Video’s most-watched India original of 2020. But she’s happy to have made most of the few scenes, one of which sees her confront Kirti Kulhari’s character over her actions.

In an exclusive chat with IndiaToda.in, Dandekar says she’d like to be a part of Season 3, if given an opportunity and also shares what lockdown has been like so far.

Excerpts from the conversation:

You have a small albeit significant part in season two of Four More Shots Please! What compelled you to say yes?
What was important for me while saying yes to play Sushmita was the kind of depth and substance the character has. She is there for maybe three or four scenes but the kind of part she plays in the whole scheme of things is important. It gave me a chance to do something that did not require me to be an ornament or a prop.

Does this indicate that you are keen to pursue more of acting?
I’d love to explore more. I have been looking for things in the international space for language reasons. If given the opportunity where I fit in the Indian scene, it will be an absolute dream for me to do. It is about changing the perspective of people who may just think that I want to do more anchoring stuff. When you are doing something for so long it’s hard to imagine you doing something else. Four More Shots was a chance to showcase what I am capable of and hopefully, people see that and it opens doors for me.

Amazon Prime Video greenlit the third season of Four More Shots Please! Would you want to be a part of it?
I had a fabulous experience working with an amazing cast and crew. I got a warm welcome on set and got to sink my teeth into something, even if it was just three or four scenes. I enjoyed playing Sushmita. I am hoping for the best. Let’s see how it all pans out. To answer your question, it’d be 100 per cent yes.

Your Instagram feed shows you playing with pups and trying to cook pasta. How has lockdown been so far?
It’s a strange period for everyone. All of us are just trying to navigate through this difficult time. Maintaining some sort of routine or trying to keep our minds busy and being physically active is important. I am in the writer’s room via Zoom chats almost three to four hours a day, developing a new show. We have all seen what a terrible cook I am. This lockdown has confirmed that it’s a skill that I just don’t have.

I got a puppy just two days before the lockdown started. I have been busy with Tyson. She’s definitely made sure that we have our hands full. She’s chewing on everything. Jimmy [other puppy] is also adjusting to life with Tyson.

It’s nice to have quality time with people you love, but then there’s also the aspect where you think of people who don’t have the privilege to be locked down safely the way that you are. You go through the guilty pangs thinking about others who are less fortunate than you.

What’s been your biggest lesson from the last two months?
How much we need to think about the way we function, treat the planet and how we are with each other. It’s really important to reflect and put some practices in place. We are so used to being on the go all the time and we talk so much about how mental health is important during a time like this when we are confined to four walls. We need to take note of what is important in life and adapt that to what we will have to face once life goes back to whatever the new normal is.

It is about making big changes or doing whatever you are able to do. We need put into perspective things we really need and live our lives accordingly. This is a huge wakeup call and a hope that we can as a human race learn from it and really move forward and do things that are necessary to live better lives.

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