Manisha Kelkar: Shifting gears between race track and silver screen

Manisha Kelkar

When Manisha Kelkar met with an accident over a year ago, her doctor gave her one advice: Never to go back to racing. But the Formula One fan was determined to get back on the track. And get back she did, and how.

Although she didn’t win the recently-held JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship, she did overcome her anxiety and fears.

Kelkar might be a new name on tracks, she is a popular Marathi actress.

A trained Kathak dancer, she made her acting debut with a multi-starrer Marathi film “Hyancha Kahi Nem Nahi,” directed by Kedar Shinde.

In Bollywood, she was seen in “Bandook Critical Acclaim,” while in the Telugu film industry, she appeared in “Friend Request.”

Born in Mumbai, she is the daughter of noted writer Ram Kelkar (who has written scripts for films like “Hero,” “Ram Lakhan,” and “Khalnayak”) and Jeevan Kala, an actress and trained Kathak dancer.

The 33-year-old, who drives for Avalanche Racing, told First Post that “shifting gears between acting and racing might not be easy as both are very taxing.”

However, she said she finds a way to balance it all.

But she says there’s one similarity between acting and racjing, and that’s teamwork. “At a film set, I am nothing without the director, the producer, the co-actors and other people,” she told First Post.

“Here too I am nothing without the team. We discuss things and we try and improve each other.”

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