With Paani Puri, Smita Bansal has finally stepped over to a new genre in her 11-year career: comedy. The bi-weekly on Star One is about the inter-cultural marriage of Smita and Sumeet Raghavan’s characters and the subsequent clash between their families. The actress doesn’t think a bi-weekly will suffer in this era of dailies.
Good saas Smita is also busy with a daily on the newly launched channel Colors, titled Balika Vadhu. She plays a traditional Rajasthani woman who is mum-in-law to a minor girl. The actress is happy she isn’t the classic saas. “I try to shield Anandi from what my character has gone through,” she explains. She took it up because Balika Vadhu, a drama, is well within her comfort zone.
It is a gamble to go against the tide with such a subject but the initial feedback for Balika Vadhu has been positive. “We know we’re on the right track,” smiles Smita.
The actress’s first show was Itihaas on Doordarshan. And the one closest to her heart is Amanat, Zee’s all-time popular family drama. Smita is thrilled that Paani Puri also features Sudhir Pandey, who played her dad in Amanat.
Fear turned fact
Any regrets? Twinkle Beauty Parlour. Smita says that she always “doubted” the concept, and her fears were proven right. “Viewers didn’t connect at all with the story,” she rues.
Despite having been around for so long and having played so many roles, Smita agrees that she hasn’t truly ‘arrived’ yet. “Probably because I haven’t stuck to one soap for a long time. I get bored very easily,” she says.
Although a trained classical dancer, she runs miles away from any reality show. “All the drama would make me look silly! I don’t want mum asking me, ‘What have you done?’” laughs the actress.
Smita is doing a film, playing Himesh Reshammiya’s sister in the remake of Karz.
She kept away from movies all this while because character roles mostly get chopped. “But this time I’m sure I’ll be noticed,” says the actress.