"She didn't allow me to do it"
Ananya Panday has said that her family have banned her from doing any housework.
The actress spent lockdown posting pictures of herself with her dogs while other celebrities took to social media to post photos of themselves doing household chores.
She claimed that she has been banned due to her not being good at it.
Ananya said: “I think I am banned from doing housework.
“I don’t think anyone in my family would appreciate it if I did any housework because I am not very good at it.
“I tried a little bit of everything like I helped my sister in cooking. She didn’t allow me to do it, but I cleaned my closet.
“I kept my room really neat and clean. I guess that counts. I decorated my Christmas tree with my sister.”
On her time in lockdown, Ananya revealed that one of her highlights was being able to spend a lot of time with her family.
“I got to spend a lot of time with my family. I got to watch a lot of movies and do a lot of stuff.”
She also binge-watched a lot of shows.
“I finished watching Mirzapur, both the seasons, in three days. I was obsessed with it. I think it’s such a cool show. It’s so well shot and all the performances are amazing.
“I also watched Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, which I thought was really interesting. Pratik Gandhi and Shreya Dhanwanthary’s performances were amazing.”
Ananya Panday also revealed that Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives was another show that she loved. The reality show featured her mother Bhavana Pandey.
“I was in the show and I thought that when it would come, I wouldn’t watch it, but I couldn’t stop watching it. I binge-watched it in one night. It was really fun.”
Ananya has a number of upcoming films but she admitted that she would be interested in doing a web series.
She said: “I watched a lot of content online. There is so much freedom to tell different stories, so I would love to do something like a web show. I am just waiting for the right one.”
Her film Khaali Peeli got a digital release due to theatres being shut.
“When we shot the film when it was narrated to us, we had a feeling that it would be a big-screen film.”
“It’s a full-on masala entertainer. It would have been so much fun to watch it on the big screen because it has a bit of everything – action, drama, romance and comedy so, it was a perfect theatre film.
“The initial reaction was… we were definitely disappointed because we wanted to watch it on the big screen and wanted others to watch it in theatres as well.
“But we understood the situation too. As long as people are getting to watch it, even if it’s at home, it’s fine for us. We just want people to watch the film.”
While many amazing performances can be seen on OTT platforms, Ananya Panday said that it could never replicate the experience of a cinema.
“You get to see so many amazing performances and different kinds of stories on OTT, so I feel that it has its own space.
“But I don’t think anything can ever replace the feeling of walking into a dark theatre, eating popcorn and sharing that collective experience like when there’s something funny, everyone laughs together when there’s something sad, everyone cries together.
“I don’t think that feeling can ever be replaced. I really miss that. I want to go back to theatres once it’s safe.”