Friday, November 16, 2007
The blind girl of 'Kabhi To Nazar Milao', Sudeepa Singh is mighty pleased with her new show 'Ardhangani' which airs on Zee, where her looks are modeled on Paro played by the ethereally beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Sanjay Leela Bahansali's magnum opus 'Devdas'.
Q. Share with us your experience working in your new show, 'Ardhangani'.
A. It is an honour to be associated with the show. We have focused on a Bengali family, and the look of the show is brilliant. I was a little reluctant at first, because I thought I looked nothing like a Bengali. The final result has been superb. I have a very nice look.
Q. How close is the character, Kangana, to your real self?
A. Like Kangana, I am bubbly by nature, and I believe in being happy, whatever the situation. I may be sad for a minute, but things become okay the next minute. Like Kangana, I am a romantic person and dedicated to my family.
Q. How was the experience, working with your co-stars?
A. The whole unit has been like a family. My screen mother Indiraji, who plays a negative character, is very sweet to me. My co-star Ajay Krish is also very sweet. I am very comfortable working with him, and our chemistry is clearly visible on screen. Our producers Kinnari and Jay Mehtaa, too, are very nice and understanding.
Q. How did you bag this role?
A. My co-ordinator called me for the auditions of 'Ardhangani' and I got selected. First I was not as keen as I thought it would be yet another daily soap. But once I heard the concept and my character, I was really very excited.
Q. The first four episodes of the show were re-shot, apparently. What went wrong?
A. There was nothing wrong with the episodes, but the channel was not totally satisfied, as this is their dream project. We had to re-shoot the whole thing. You wouldn't believe it but we are working 24 hours a day to meet our deadlines. But again, ultimately what counts, is a good outcome.
Q. What's the best compliment you received after the promos went on air?
A. Everyone I have met has given positive compliments. Everybody has liked my look in the show.
Q. People have been comparing your character to that of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 'Devdas'. Does this make things more difficult for you as she is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world? Also there are detractors again who think you look nothing like her, simply because she is just too good.
A. I was a little nervous with the expectations that people have from me. However, I am happy with the compliments till now.
Q. Will we see you in the next season of 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa', or 'Nach Baliye'?
A. (Laughs) I would love to be a part of a dance show. I just love dancing.
Q. And have you found your 'Baliye' as yet?
A. No, not yet. At present I have no time to fall in love. I am just concentrating on my work. I will let you know when I find one.
Q. You were one of the contestants of Zee's 'Cinestar Ki Khoj'. Any plans of entering in the world of cinema?
A. Definitely. In fact, I am getting offers too. But it's too early to talk about it.