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Mihika Verma - Interview

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Mihika Verma, who is playing Smriti Irani's younger sister in 'Viruddh', has now managed to grab a role in Vinita Nanda and Raman Kumar's new serial. Although she is now doing the pilot project, she is keeping her fingers crossed. Vinita and Raman are the names behind televisions great serials like 'Tara', their last being 'Miillee'. The yet to be named serial is currently shooting its pilot and brings back this hit duo after more than two years.

We recently spoke to Mihika about her achievement so early in the industry. Being humble, she talks about her experience in the industry so far. Here is the excerpt.

Q: How does it feel to have grabbed a major role in Vinita and Raman's new serial?
A: See I am shooting for the pilot, but I do not know what is going to happen next.

Q: So what is your role like?
A: Actually, I'm instructed not to talk anything about the serial yet and I have already landed myself into much trouble by doing so.

Q: In that case tell us about your experience in Viruddh.
A: It has been a great experience so far. I have learnt so much from the serial! Every time I think I have learnt something, the very next day I realize that there is a lot that I still have to learn.

Q: You are working with senior actors like Vikram Gokhle, Smriti Irani, Sushant Singh, Achint Kaur, Ashwini Kalsekar. How has been your experience with them?
A: I'm lucky that I have got the opportunity to work with such actors, but when such actors are around you, you need to work harder. They know their job, but I being a non-actor, I really need to work hard to look good in front of them. Moreover, they pamper me a lot and always make sure I'm comfortable.

Q: How much have you learnt from them?
A: A lot. They are so good to me all the time. I have learnt a lot from them. They help a lot with things like voice modulation, eye and face expressions. I get practical knowledge from them. They show me things on the sets and I emote them there itself. So now I know how well or bad I'm doing.

Q: So who are you close to?
A: Actually, I'm close to the production team a lot, the assistant directors and others. I am also close to Karan, who plays my brother. We are like Tom and Jerry. Also I share good vibes with Chetan who is like my elder brother. I'm also fond of Achint, my on screen nani and mother.

Q: Has there been any incident that has got imprinted in your mind?
A: I do not think there are any such incidents, but there are several moments that I cherish. As for example, I had to emote anger, which I cannot do easily, so the director had to keep a cool with me. But at the end of the day, I was appreciated for my efforts, which I really cherish. There are many incidents like this.

Q: Do you identify with your character?
A: Yes, I'm very much like Shreya. I have always been pampered by my father and was also this little rebellious. But I was a little controlled and calmer.

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