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German lady finds Indian link through telly

Germany's Suzanne Bernert, who plays a bahu in Kasauti Zindagi Kay, tells Kshama Rao that she has learnt a lot from Balaji soaps.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 13:37 IST

Point out the odd one out from amongst the following prime time TV bahus — Tulsi, Parvati, Prerna, Kashish and Dorris. Now before you say Dorris, note that she is actually Prerna’s screen bahu in Balaji Telefilms’ Kasauti Zindagi Kay.

Suzanne Bernert, a German, plays the character of Dorris. Suzanne, who has been calling India home for the last two-and-a half years, says she has learnt to speak Hindi — “Meiiinkosheeesh ker rehin huun.”

The actress, who loves Indian food, says that she does not miss Germany because India gives her warmth and love, though she does miss her family. Couch potatoes would remember seeing her in Astitva - Ek Prem Kahani in which she played an older woman getting married to a younger man and as Rusty’s English mom in Lekh Tandon’s Aisa Des Hai Mera.

Born in Hanover, Suzanne, dreamt of being an actress since she was knee high. She learnt acting from her teacher Heidelotte Diehl. But would Heidelotte approve of Balaji soaps? “Oh, absolutely. She taught me to deliver the moment the camera was on. An important thing she told me was, ‘Always be prepared to face the camera.

A lot of money is at stake and so do not waste it in retakes’. In Balaji soaps, there is no time to think or rehearse endlessly, so the training has helped me tremendously,” she says.

It was in Dubai while she was working on a film Destined Hearts with an Indian filmmaker when a kind production controller took charge of her. He introduced her to people in the Hindi film industry. And so she met people like Mahesh Bhatt. Suzanne also landed a role in Ajay Sinha’s film, Stop after which she got a role in his serial Astitva - Ek Prem Kahani. She has also acted in Farhan Akhtar’s production, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd.