Daily soap-loving audiences won’t need any introduction to this couple, for they have been the reason behind numerous womenfolk staying glued to TV. Lead actors of hit TV series Kkusum, which had a run from 2001-2005 — Anuj Saxena and Nausheen Ali Sardar — grin and accept audiences love for their characters.
In the city on Sunday at Hotel Fern, Industrial Area, the two announce their TV comeback. Recalling his days of recognition, Anuj laughed, “I received many calls from married men telling me they weren’t served dinner on time because their wives were busy watching Kkusum.”
A qualified doctor, MD of Elder Healthcare (a part of R600-crore Elder Pharmaceuticals), an actor (of TV serials and films), producer (owns Maverick Productions) and restaurateur (runs Indian-Chinese restaurant, Blue Waters, in Mumbai) — Anuj is a pro at multi-tasking.
His latest TV stint will include producing and hosting a show on channel Spark Punjabi, called Pyaar Ya Dehshat, which his friend Nausheen Ali Sardar would co-host. “Even after seven years, people recognise me. What can have greater impact than this?” he asked. About the show, Anuj’s shared, “This show is about women-related love stories that ended tragically. We would be picking real-life stories to send a message to the society.”
Talking about his off-screen chemistry with Nausheen, Anuj smiled, “We never lost touch. I, being a party person, used to keep everyone in the ‘Kkusum family’ in touch by throwing parties. And now, BlackBerry keeps us together.”
I can’t look cheap, like Rakhi Sawant can’t look classy: Nausheen
Nausheen Ali Sardar’s beautiful face is as enigmatic, even though she has put on considerable weight. On what kept her away from TV all this while, she said, “I was never away from the acting world. In fact, my last silver screen appearance was in 2009 in Vikram Bhatt’s movie, Three - Love, Lies and Betrayal, which didn’t do very well.” Nauhseen seems to have made some more wrong choices with films such as Bangkok Blues with Irrfan Khan and Vivash, opposite Lucky Ali, both of which didn’t see the light of day.
Back on the small screen in the role of a mother in serial Beend Banoonga Ghodi Chadhaunga that wrapped up in less than a year because of low TRP ratings, Nausheen plans to be more choosy. “TV people sometimes don’t realise whom to allot which role. Like when I was 21, I was offered the role of a mother of three, which I could never perform well. So, its not that I am not getting offers, they just don’t interest me,” says she, adding, “Cinema is also offering me roles, but I am too choosy about what to pick. I am sorry to say, but even if I try looking cheap I can’t, just the way Rakhi Sawant can’t look classy even if she tries.”