Mumbai: Debutant Patralekha says working in "Citylights" was a challenge for her because she had to match up to the standards set by the award winning team of director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao.
For "Shahid", both Mehta and Rajkummar won National Awards in two different categories.
"Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar have already done 'Shahid' and have set a standard, so I had this pressure to maintain the standard set by them and that was a huge challenge for me," Patralekha said.
It was reported that her proximity with her co-star Rajkummar helped her bag the role in the film.
But Patralekha said she was in Kolkata when a casting director called her for the “audition”. "I gave three-four rounds of audition. Hansal came for the fourth audition and I was very nervous, so he calmed me down. In two-three days I got a call from him and he said you are on board," she added.
She added, "It was not a struggle, but it was a learning process to get better and better. I was exploring myself, so here was no struggle as such."