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‘I’ve never introduced myself as Govinda’s niece’

You are making your movie debut this year... Yes, I’ve taken on a film project, which should start rolling soon. It’s too early to reveal details about my character and co-actors, but a formal announcement is on the way. I’m the leading lady of the film.

entertainment Updated: Feb 28, 2010 02:18 IST
Rachana Dubey

You are making your movie debut this year... Yes, I’ve taken on a film project, which should start rolling soon. It’s too early to reveal details about my character and co-actors, but a formal announcement is on the way. I’m the leading lady of the film.

What’s your uncle Govinda’s reaction?
He’s happy with my decision to move up the ladder. It’s a natural progression for an actor these days.

Both your uncle and your cousin Krushna Abhishek are popular for their brand of comedy. You have tried it too, right?
My show Bhaskar Bharti on Sony was funny. Even my next show, Sasural Genda Phool for Star Plus, is funny. But I’m glad it’s not funny in the Krushna bhaiyya or my uncle’s style.

Govindaji is an institution by himself. I am different from them and choose to be that way. I don’t want to be overshadowed by them. Nor do I want to be known as someone’s niece or sister.

I’ve been in showbiz for quite a few years. I never asked my uncle to call up the industry people and get me work. I’ve never introduced myself as his niece. Krushna is into stand-up comedy. I appreciate that but have never thought of trying it myself. I do my own kind of work and I’m happy with my individual identity.

Would you quit television for movies now?
(Laughs) No. If Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and other big stars can do films and TV shows simultaneously, why can’t I? I’m not as popular as them. I can dabble in both. I’ll sail through.

What’s the deal about playing a spoilt bahu in Sasural Genda Phool?
I am playing Suhana, a spoilt brat. It’s a fun character. Initially, she has money to throw around but eventually marries a middle class guy. Suhana is temperamental. She smiles and gets angry in seconds. She thinks she can dictate the world.

You are one of the younger ones in a huge family. Were you pampered a lot?
Sure I was, but not the way this character is. I wasn’t spoilt. I valued money because I was brought up in a middle class family. I know how much hard work goes into earning money, which some brats just throw around for no big reason. Because of my upbringing, I can’t relate easily to Suhana’s mindset.

Don’t you think Bhaskar Bharti could have ended decently?
It was an abrupt ending. I agree it could have concluded well. But the show was fun. I had the privilege f doing more than what I would have done on five different shows put together. But whatever happens, one has to move on, right?

‘My uncle doesn’t preach’
Has your uncle ever advised you on career and life?
No, he never sat me down to tip me on life and career. But we talk quite often. I tell him everything that’s happening in my life. At times, he gets nostalgic and shares his growing up stories with me. I do end up learning just listening to his experiences.

‘No competition with Narmada’
Narmada, your uncle Govinda’s daughter, will also be debuting in films soon. Competition brewing at home?
No, no. There is no competition with her. We’re on two different planes and are as different from each other as pasta and daal-chawal. (Giggles) Don’t ask me who’s who now!

‘My brother taught me to act’
Did anyone help you to learn how to act?y brother Amit did. Whatever I know about acting and screen presence, it’s because of him. He taught me everything. I owe him a lot.