Shalini Pandey: I became restless after the 'charan seva' scene in 'Maharaj', did not want to stay in a closed room

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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These days, the film 'Maharaj' released on OTT is being discussed a lot. Apart from Jaideep Ahlawat and Sharvari Wagh, Shalini Pandey has also appeared in this YRF film. Aamir Khan's son Junaid Khan has made his debut with this film, in which he has played the character of Karsandas Mulji. Shalini Pandey has appeared in the role of his fiancée in this film. Seeing Shalini in the film, people are comparing her to Alia Bhatt. People have even said that it seems as if Alia has dubbed for Shalini. Shalini has talked a little about her film and told how stupid she found her character when she first read about her character.

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In this film, an attempt has been made to show the blind devotion of people, how people put God in place of humans and then forget the difference between right and wrong. In this film, Jaideep Ahlawat is seen in the role of self-proclaimed religious guru Maharaj, who has played the character of a god of the 1800s, who used to convince people that he is the incarnation of God. In this film based on the Maharaj Libel Case of 1862, Jaideep Ahlawat is playing the role of Jadunathji Brijratanji Maharaj (JJ), one of the heads of the Vallabhacharya sect, who in the name of faith and devotion has physical relations with the women of the houses of that city and this is called 'Charan Seva'. The surprising thing is that both the men and women there consider this work sacred and the woman who goes to JJ for 'Charan Seva', sweets are made in their house that day. Shalini is also a blind follower of this established tradition and by the time she realizes the truth, it is too late.

Shalini said- the role of a teenager seemed silly

Talking to Bollywood Hungama, Shalini said that she was very upset about this scene. Shalini said that when she first read it, she thought her character was stupid, but later she understood that it was not so. JJ had assured that 'charan seva' is sacred and that was the reason why society turned a blind eye to it. Shalini said, 'When I did not do that charan seva scene with Maharaj, I did not realize what impact it was going to have. But when this scene happened, I suddenly came out and I told my team – I did not want to stay in a closed room, I need time, I need some fresh air, I am getting a little upset.'

His ideology in real life is quite different

Shalini told that she told director Siddharth P Malhotra and her co-star Jaideep about this scene and they understood her problem. Talking about this, Shalini said that in real life her ideology is quite different and when she first read about the character of Kishori, she found it quite stupid.

“When you find out the truth you are devastated.”

Playing the innocent and sweet teenager in the film, she said, 'When I read it I thought she was stupid, but then I realised she wasn't stupid, she didn't know any better. She was just taught that she believed in whatever she was doing. But when she does it, feels it and thinks about it, it breaks you. Then you realise she's not stupid. I hope she knew what was happening to her.'

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