After playing quite a challenging role in ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’, the popular actor Kirti Kulhari was thrilled to be offered an important role in Netflix web series, ‘Bard of Blood.’
In the series, she is essaying the role of a Balochistani woman called Jannat Marri.
Talking about her role in the series, she said, “She’s someone who wishes to lead her people to freedom. An artist by profession, Jannat is calm, compassionate and yet determined to restore sanity in her small village. How she achieves this seemingly insurmountable task is what forms the heart of the story.”
Throwing light on the shooting setup for the show, as it’s known to be shot in a small town in Rajasthan which also appears to be her hometown, she said, “I was born and raised in Mumbai but my village is in Rajasthan where my grandparents still live. I would visit them during my vacations through school and college. And I still go there.. whenever I can grab some time off my busy schedule. This time before we started shooting, ‘Bard of Blood’, I visited my grandparents.”
Talking about her character in an exclusive interview on a popular media platform, she said, “I am not so much a part of the action sequences. I play a Baluchi girl and her role comes as a big surprise in the show. I play this young girl who is at the forefront of leading her people towards freedom. She is also someone who fights for women’s … rights. She studied in the UK and is a painter by profession. But when she reaches her village, she realises that life has different plans for her. She gives up her professional dreams and takes up the cause of the people in the village. She is a strong and independent woman who has a lot to offer to everybody around her.”
Kirti on account of whether she knew about the history of Balochistan before beginning work on the series said, “The advantage of being an actor is that you get a chance to learn about things that you don’t know about. I’ve heard about Balochistan but I didn’t really know what was going on there. Their struggle for freedom has been going on for ages. Sitting in Mumbai, we don’t realise that there are people who are still fighting for freedom. Reading about Balochistan helped me get into the other people’s shoes and look at the world from their perspective. I think, after working in this series, I have become a more sympathetic person.”