Mumbai: One thing actor Shweta Tripathi Sharma has managed in a very short time is to get into the skin of the character she portrays. On the back of a much-acclaimed performance in Mirzapur, the actor is all set to play another unusual role in the upcoming film, ‘Gone Kesh’.
Tripathi will age with the character in the film which deals with the condition called alopecia. Alopecia is a disorder where the immune system attacks the hair follicles resulting in hair loss from the scalp.
The actor plays the role of an aspiring dancer who has this autoimmune disorder that usually results in unpredictable, patchy hair loss. In order to get her character right, Tripathi got more information about the ailment by doing thorough research. She read books on this, as well as scanned social media accounts of alopecia patients.
In order to research for the role, she also met with patients of alopecia to know their ordeal and interacted with them personally to understand their plight.
Playing a bald girl on the big screen is a bold move, and Shweta says, I knew I was doing the film halfway through the script Qasim sent. The story is so full of heart and took me through a roller coaster of emotions. It’s during the prep of the film I realised how we take things (like hair) for granted. I feel hair loss and baldness really takes a toll on people’s confidence. Baldness is made fun of and people, especially women, find it hard to accept it and in turn tackle it. I felt with this film we lighten it up and yet ensure the message comes across. Because bald is beautiful.”