Actress Girija Oak best known for her performances in Taare Zameen Par and Shor in the City, is currently winning laurels for her character Rama in ALTBalaji’s latest release Cartel. The actress is paired opposite Jitendra Joshi, who plays Madhu Bhau in the series. Their chemistry is touted to be one of the best things in the show. However, not many are aware that the reason behind their crackling on-screen chemistry is the years of bonding and camaraderie that the two have. Interestingly, not just fans, but even Jitendra Joshi’s wife and accomplished writer Mitali Joshi is fond of Jitendra and Girija’s pairing. So much so that the writer believes Girija to be Jitendra’s best onscreen wife.
Girija said about their bond, “Jeetu and I go back a very, very long way. And this is the third time that we are paired opposite each other. The last time we worked together was on a Marathi play for which we staged about 225 shows over a span of 3-4 years. So we lived together on tours and rehearsed, and we spent a lot of time with each other. Jeetu is one of my most favourite co-actors. He is an incredible actor and an interesting person. I have a very interesting love-hate relationship with him. So we fight a lot. We disagree about a lot of things, but we also love each other a lot. On a very personal note, Jeetu and I are very comfortable with each other because we have so many years of knowing each other and working with each other. It’s a lot of fun to work on scripts with him, to improvise with him.”
Adding to the same Girija shares, “Just as much as I love Jeetu, I love his wife. I adore Mitali. According to her, I am the best onscreen wife for Jeetu, he could ever have. So I think for me, that is the biggest compliment. If his wife approves of our chemistry, then we’re doing something right.”
Girija and Jitendra play husband and wife in Cartel. The show has been receiving good reviews since it started streaming on August 20. ALTBalaji’s Cartel is an action drama set in present-day Mumbai. The show revolves around the challenges and obstacles faced by The Angre Family after an attack changes the fate of their house. The show’s cast consists of actors including Supriya Pathak, Tanuj Virwani, Jitendra Joshi, Rithvik Dhanjani, Pranati Rai Prakash, Divya Agarwal, Girija Oak Godbole, Jitendra Joshi, Amey Wagh, Monica Dogra, Tannishtha Chatterjee and others.
The show is currently streaming on ALTBalaji and MX Player Gold. Go binge-watch all the 14 episodes right away.