Best known in the TV industry for her roles in Swabhimaan, Kittie Party and Banegi Apni Baat — and for playing a slew of modern and ambitious characters — actor Achint Kaur is taking a detour upon returning to television after a one-year hiatus. She will make her small screen comeback with a cameo role as a queen in Zee’s Jhansi Ki Rani.
“I’m playing the Rani of Orchha. She’s a lesser-known figure in history, but very interesting,” says Kaur, of her feisty, aggressive character. She says, “In my 14 years on TV, I have experimented with everything — even played ghosts and several other weird roles. This is the first time I’m playing a historical character, so I’m excited.”
But is her cameo an effort by the channel to revive TRPs that dropped after the show’s protagonist grew up? “Every move we make today is about raising TRPs,” reasons Kaur. “I do believe this character is up my alley and I can carry it off, but I can’t take all the credit. It was meant to be there irrespective of who would play it.”
As part of her preparation, Kaur has been training with the cast in horse riding and sword fighting. “I haven’t shot any battle scenes yet, but we have competitions on the sets,” she laughs.
Her look, too, is very different from characters she has played in the past. She says, “I’ve donned traditional Rajasthani ‘lehengas’ and ‘chunnis’. On the battlefield, you will see me in ‘achkans’.”
Kaur is unsure about how long her cameo will last, but she has several other projects in hand, which also justify her long hiatus from TV. “I did a series of 52 episodes for a show in Pakistan, and then shot a film with them. There is one film with Vikram Bhatt too. I’ve also been rehearsing for a play that is set to launch around the end of January,” she says.