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‘Witch’ in the making

Archna Matharu, Hindustan Times   January 23, 2013
First Published: 12:07 IST(23/1/2013) | Last Updated: 12:09 IST(23/1/2013)

She was born and brought up in Mumbai, but a chat with young television actor Simran Kaur confirms her strong Punjabi roots. This bubbly and chirpy Punjabi girl is currently seen playing a witch on television show, Anamika, a character that is completely unlike her real self, she laughs.


“My nieces are very excited about my role, they think it is very cool that I am playing a witch. I really look forward to their reaction because kids always give an honest opinion,” says Simran, whose family hails from Amritsar.

Three serials old, Simran began her journey by doing television commercials. She soon bagged her first TV serial, Love Ne Mila Di Jodi, followed by Na Aana Iss Des Laado. The pretty actor has had the good fortune of playing different roles, be it spoilt brat Roshni Gujral Saxena in Love Ne… or a docile Indian bahu Diya in Na Aana...

But, she wasn’t very eager to do TV when she started out. “I never really wanted to do a television serial because I had heard about the long working hours required in this medium. However, when the first show came my way, I took it up since it was youth-oriented. But, having played a typical sobbing bahu in my second show, I was dreading doing another role like that,” she says.

When asked if she had to face struggle before landing plum roles, Simran says the only hassle she faced was convincing her family.

“Since childhood, I was a ‘nautanki’ (drama queen), but didn’t have the guts to tell my father. My family lays a lot of stress on education. So just like a scene shown in the film 3 Idiots, where the character of Madhavan reveals to his father his career choice, I too faced a dramatic scene at home when I told my father what I wanted to do. Initially, I had to struggle, but now my father is cool about it,” she smiles.

Simran is modest when she says she doesn’t think she was a very good actor in her first show, though she is thankful the audience liked her. “Since I did not take any course in acting, dialogue delivery was tough initially,” she jokes.

However, she is now bitten by the acting bug and would like to be a part of films some day, adding that she is ‘dying’ to do a comic role, especially in a Punjabi film. “When I was doing Na Aana… I got a couple of Punjabi film offers, but could not say yes because of a hectic shooting schedule,” she reveals.

For now, the actor is taking it easy professionally. “I am not getting into anything else right now because I love my life too much. As it is, we work 13 hours a day. But I really wish we have eight-hour shoots so that we can have a social life,” she laughs.

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