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Bitiya takes a break

Ratan Rajput, the protagonist of top-rated Zee show, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, is on two-day a break after 100 episodes..

tv Updated: Sep 03, 2009 16:39 IST
Rachana Dubey

She’s finally got two days off work in the last six months. Ratan Rajput, who plays the leading lady Laali on the top-rated Zee show Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, is enjoying her two-day off with her parents, brothers and sisters in the capital. “I have been working for the last six months without a break. In fact, I was working continuously even before Agle Janam started. So I’m home after a year and I’ve had a warm welcome,” beams Rajput.

RatanWhen asked why there hasn’t been a loud celebration, the way it is with most TV shows, she informs, "We chose to have a quiet celebration on the set. Since the show is based in a Bihari hamlet, the artistes have become familiar with the language but they don’t know much about the food. So, we had litti-chokha and some other basic Bihari delicacies. I hadn’t eaten ‘ghar ka khaana’ in the last 12 months. So it was a double treat for me."

Recently, Rajput was inundated with movie offers, which she had reportedly turned down. When reminded of them, she said that she has no movie ambitions right now. “I want to focus on the show. After the show is over, I’ll think about movie offers,” she adds.

Buzz was also that she had gone into depression and would cry often on the sets because she couldn’t take the intensity of her role. When quizzed, she refutes the rumours: “I’m very naughty on the sets. So, I can’t go into depression. If I had, I wouldn’t be talking to you and neither would I have been on the show. You can’t perform when you’re depressed. Of course, the character Laali goes through plenty in her life but that’s Laali and not Ratan. And I’m not a crybaby. Sometimes heavy scenes linger on in the head but it’s not a frequent thing.”

Rajput, who spends most of her day on the sets, loves reading in between shots. “One has to keep switching between being Ratan and Laali otherwise it can have adverse effects. Honestly, sometimes I do fear becoming Laali one day because I’m in her shoes all day,” she says, adding that her mother-like Supriya Pilgaokar also advises her to keep a check on her health.

When asked about her 100-episode run, she says that she’s become a better actress and a human being. She says, “I’m recognised as Laali wherever I go. My mum is called ‘Laali ki maa’. She’s not ambitious but she empathises with Laali’s problems. I have to make her understand that it’s a fictitious person and not her daughter. But then, with mums you can’t do much.”