I still get nervous before any performance: Mouni Roy

  • Anjuri Nayar Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2016 16:25 IST
Television actor Mouni Roy says that TRPs have never bothered her.

Her last show Naagin maintained it’s number one position where TRP ratings were concerned, but actor Mouni Roy says that she still gets nervous before every performance. Be it dancing on reality shows or shooting for her fiction show, Mouni says that the initial butterflies help her perform better. “I get nervous every single time. I think nerves are good. Even with dancing, I enjoy being on stage, but before I go on stage and after I finish my performance, I am literally shaking. I think this is also important,” she says.

Actor Mouni Roy says that she never watches any of her shows.

Despite high ratings for her show, Mouni says that she doesn’t let TRP numbers bother her. “It’s something that as actors, we don’t have control over. What we can control, is the kind of roles that we want to do. I have never done a show based on whether it will work or not. I took up all my shows because I liked the character and wanted to be part of those shows. They have done well because of the concept and team. There is so much that goes into making a show. TRPs feel good, but you don’t have control over them. All you can do is give your 200 percent to the character,” says Mouni, who has been part of shows such as Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev and Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.

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“TRP is a way to know that audience appreciate your show and they are connected with the story and the characters. It is a great feeling and I just want to say thank you to everyone for watching our show,” adds Mouni.

When it comes to critiquing her work, Mouni says that she is her biggest critic. “Except for a few episodes, I have not watched any of my shows. I don’t think I like to watch myself on TV. I get very critical about what I am saying. Even Mahadev, I watched a year later. When you are shooting, you can’t make it home for the telecast anyway. I guess I will watch Naagin also later,” she says.

There is not much space for experimentation on television, says Mouni. “On television, there is only so much that you can do in terms of characters. So whatever was offered to me, I did the best I could with them,” she says, adding, “I don’t have any fixed parameters to taking up a show, but I just have to connect to the show and it has to interest me. I have to do be doing something different,” she says.

Actor Mouni Roy says that fame, stardom and appreciation have never really mattered to her. (Hindustan Times)

Her journey…

I am a person who has always enjoyed her journey through out. I have loved every bit of it, even my reality shows. For me, my journey is the most important thing. I learnt a lot from it. Other than that highs and lows come and go. I don’t get disheartened with that. I know that there will come a time when I am not offered the same roles that I am being offered now and I am okay with that.

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What family means to her…

The most difficult part of my life was when my father passed away. I am still coming to terms with that. I was not well after that. It all happened in one year. I need my family and friends around all the time. They are always my number one priority and that will never change.


I don’t think success has anything to do with stardom or fame. I am very passionate. I love to act and dance. I want to do good work. I feel that you are successful when people enjoy your work. For me, I have never been an ambitious person. I love my work and give my 200 percent to it. I enjoy what I do and that’s all that matters. The appreciation, name and fame is like icing on the cake. I am thankful for that.


I love to dance, paint and I just love travelling. I love writing and I am a foodie. I hate liars and dishonest people, double standards and copy cats.

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