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Black with a bang

Former Miss India and yesteryears actress Shikha Swaroop is making a comeback and that too on television with a serial Black. Here are the details.

tv Updated: Sep 22, 2009 19:30 IST
Prema K

ShikhaWhat prompted you to come back to television after such a long gap?

I had moved out of Mumbai and had no plans of returning. But I guess it’s not about what one wants to do, it’s what destiny has planned for you. I came here for something else, but this show came my way. I accepted and now I want to settle down here. It’s a great place and industry to be a part of. I’m just going with the flow.

Was Black the first show that was offered to you?
Yes. Sunil Agnihotri heard through some friends that I was back in Mumbai. We met up and he told me that he was working on a new show and had something that would suit my personality.

What was your reaction when he briefed you on your character?
The show is about UFO sightings in Malda, West Bengal. I’m playing Kiran Malhotra, a forest ranger in the place. She’s a strong woman and has to fight off the villagers who don’t believe in the existence of UFOs.

Go on…
I could relate to Kiran because I’m a survivor in real life. One has to be strong and independent to survive in a man’s world. I enjoy playing roles, which require me to look physically fit and strong. I’m a fitness freak. I’m open to good offers. I want to work with good people and return home from my shoot with the feeling that I’ve had a great day and look forward to going back to work the next day.

What’s more important to you — a good role or the money offered?
I’m open to doing roles and characters that suit me. Money is important but it’s not the deciding factor.

What went wrong with your film career?
I think I was ahead of my times. The audience’s perception of heroines in the ’90’s was someone who was five feet something and slightly buxom. I was tall. That went against me. I was one of the few models who did films and television besides modelling.

Do you wish you were making your debut now?
There’s no end to wishful thinking. One is bound to feel that the present is better than the past. With due respect to filmmakers of the past, I’d say that films now look slicker. The actresses today are slimmer, fashion conscious, and height is not a deterrent for them. But I also believe that it’s never too late. With the audience now accepting unconventional films and characters, I could land up with some good roles. There’s no right and wrong time, doing the right thing is what matters.

How about reality shows?
I’m not averse to doing them but not something like Khatron Ke Khiladi and Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao. These shows are repulsive. Bigg Boss is slightly more acceptable.

What about Sach Ka Saamna?
It’s a fantastic show but I wouldn’t barter my personal life for money. But, I’d love to anchor it. I’m amazed at the way the questions are thrown at participants and the fact that there are so many skeletons in everyone’s closets.