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Girl power on small screen

We take a look at gen-next female stars of television, who have proved their mettle, delivered hit shows and earned a fan following.

tv Updated: Jun 24, 2013 16:08 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Sonarika Bhadoria

Sonarika-Bhadoria

While audiences love popular actors and established stars, there’s a whole new generation of actors on TV that’s wooing everyone. Most newcomers disappear after their first shows; there are very few fresh faces that make quite an impact early in their careers. Move over Sakshi Tanwar, Smriti Irani, Mona Singh, Shweta Tiwari; Surbhi Jyoti, Roopal Tyagi, Sonarika Bhadoria and Deepika Singh are here to stay.

Deepika Singh
Starring in one of the top-rated shows on TV, Diya Aur Baati Hum, is a huge deal and Deepika Singh doesn’t take her job lightly. The 23-year-old enjoys playing the role of the dutiful bahu Sandhya who knows her values and traditions and yet is aware of her rights and chases her dreams. Deepika’s conventional beauty works best for the role of a daughter-in-law in an orthodox family.

In real life, she is very unlike her character on screen — vivacious and tomboyish unlike the serious Sandhya. Having struggled hard to reach this pinnacle, Deepika is enjoying the fruits of her labour.

Roopal Tyagi
Seen in bit roles, Roopal hit the jackpot with Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke. The role of Gunjan seems to be tailor made for her. Roopal’s effortless acting skill is her biggest USP. A choreographer by profession, Roopal landed this lead role by chance. From kissing on screen to adhering to the modern outfits in the show, this 23-year-old sure has a lot going for her. We only hope now that Gunjan is married, the story doesn’t tailspin into a clichéd saas-bahu track.

Surbhi Jyoti
Surbhi Jyoti has made a mark with her effervescent character Zoya Ahmed Farooqui in Qubool Hai. Unlike other women on TV, Zoya isn’t cast from the same mould. She comes across as a refreshing change from the whimpering, desolate women on soaps. Surbhi essays the contemporary Muslim girl with aplomb even as she straddles the fence between tradition and modernity with panache. while maintaining innocence. Zoya’s often confused state of mind about matters of the heart, makes her someone girls can relate to.

The 23-year-old Punjabi girl loves the fact that her hit show is unlike other serials on TV.

Sonarika Bhadoria
Mischievous, talkative and outgoing, Sonarika had apprehensions initially about playing a role as grand as Parvati in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. Yet Sonarika has got into the skin of her character very well. Her beauty works best for the role of a Goddess. Learning her dialogues in pure Hindi is her only Achilles’ heel but the popularity of the show and the variation in her character keep her going strong.

Surprisingly, she had started her career with a dud show, Tum Dena Saath Mera, and at one point, even planned to quit television altogether.