Qasim Khallow’s film Gone Kesh is extra special for actor Shweta Tripathi, who plays the lead role in the film. The actor’s character is an aspiring dancer and suffers from Alopecia, a medical condition in which she loses hair. Shweta says that the role was amazing to play and she is grateful to be part of the film.
“It’s an actress’ dream to play such characters. There are so many posters that I have and will have of my films but no matter how my character might look, I’ll always have hair in them. So, I was super-duper excited to see what the look was like in this film and I was extremely happy with it. I love seeing the poster because I know I’ll never look this again,” she says.
Ask her if she had any qualms playing a bald character, and she says, “For me, it’s important to look like my character. Now, that character could have any skin colour, complexion, physique, hair colour or no hair at all.”
In fact, she was even prepared to shave her head for the film. “I was ready to go bald for the film but the director wanted my real hair as well because some scenes are a flashback. So, we used prosthetic makeup,” she says.
In order to prepare for her role, Shweta studied the lives of other patients of Alopecia. “The main thing about preparing for my character was to understand what the disease is all about and what a patient goes through. To find that out, I followed a lot of people on social media. That became my window into their world…the wigs that they were trying, the injections they were putting, the food they were eating…so that really helped a lot,” she says.
Gone Kesh also stars Jitendra Kumar, Vipin Sharma and Deepika Amin.