Isn't it a risk to start out with a role like Urmi in Aathvaan Vachan?
It is but Aathvaan Vachan was too big an opportunity to let go. I have done a cameo in Kasturi, shows on Pogo and Disney channel, a bit part in Kuch Iss Tara but Aathvaan Vachan was the big break.
But Urmi could stereotype you?
Hey, that thought never crossed my mind. But even if I’m called Urmi all my life, so what? Sunny Singh is still Sanju from Dekh Bhai Dekh and Mauli didi (Ganguly) is Shaina from Kahin Kisi Roz. I’ll try not to play Urmi in another soap. On second thoughts, if saas bahu shows are still around, I may just play her again.
The role of a mentally challenged girl must have required a lot of homework?
I’m playing a girl whose mental growth has stopped after eight years. She’s fully grown physically but mentally, is still a child. I watched a lot of movies, observed young children in parks and went through some case studies the production team had put together. But I didn’t visit any hospitals. There was no need.
Are you continuing with your studies?
Of course, I’m in class 12 at Mithibai College doing Arts. I attend classes in the morning before reporting on the sets. During exams I take a break from shoots. It’s a crucial year for me but I’m greedy. A degree is important but I can’t let good roles go.
Do you watch your show on TV?
You bet even if it’s narcissistic. I also watch Nach Baliye 4 because Mauli didi (Ganguly) is one of the participants. She and Mazhar (Sayed) are doing a wonderful job and I want her to win.