» Kalyug actress Smilie Suri in TV show Jodha Akbar
Kalyug actress Smilie Suri in TV show Jodha Akbar
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Actress Smilie Suri, who is all set to make her small screen
debut with Jodha Akbar, says her character as the Mughal
emperor's first wife Ruqaiya Begum will help her break the
Smilie, who made her Bollywood debut with 2005 film
Kalyug, fell ill soon after signing Zee TV's historical
show Jodha Akbar, produced by Ekta Kapoor.
"Over the last few years, I was offered TV shows, but I declined
them. This one's not a saas-bahu show and the role of Ruqaiya is
also very different. It helps me break away from the girl-next-door
image created by my Kalyug character," Smilie, who is
director Mohit Suri's sister, said in a statement.
"The commute from Mumbai to Karjat for the shoot can be pretty
taxing, so I was in two minds initially, but the character is not
only interesting, it has different layers and substance. Ruqaiya is
an important part of Akbar's life. She was his best friend, almost
like his mirror. I'm just waiting to get out of the hospital and
start shooting," she added.