‘I'm all for women's empowerment’

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2014 14:24 IST

On a promotional visit to the city for her upcoming serial, ‘Ek Hasina Thi,’ TV and film actress Simone Singh shares her passion for acting and experiences in the industry with HT City here on Wednesday.

Born and educated in Jamshedpur, Simone claims to have got an easy entry into the industry when a woman scriptwriter offered her a role.

Sharing her take on the current scenario of cinema and television, the actor says, “Over the years, Indian cinema, especially the small screen, have influenced the life of the masses in one way or the other.

If TV soaps replete with socio–cultural content of saas bahu relationships enliven the family problems, joys and sorrows, unlimited entertainment is provided by popular shows like Comedy Nights with Kapil, reality shows and music or dance bonanzas on TV’.

The actor, who is credited for playing character roles in dozens of films, including Delhi Heights, Being Cyrus, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and about 15 TV serials, feels there has been a substantial growth with innovations in film and TV productions since 1995, when she faced the camera for an English serial for the first time.

“TV serial production these days is backed by a huge research team with respect to need-based thematic content, production design, and planning, to impress maximum regional masses and increase TRPs,” she says, adding, “However, the improvement in technical virtuosity of film or serial making is amazing.”

On the general trend of serial making with strong women protagonists dominating serials, she feels, even though, a balance is necessary, but she will still favour the ongoing trend of women’s empowerment.

“Incidentally, my new seri-serial, ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, endorses my view point. After portraying scores of positive characters, I have ventured to play a negative, but important role of Sakshi Goenka in this revenge thriller,” Simone concludes.

The show will be telecast from Monday to Friday on Star Plus at 8 pm.

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