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‘I was such a horror'

Aroona Irani on playing a negative character in Maayka and her furture projects, interviewed by Riya V Anandwala.

tv Updated: Aug 27, 2007 20:10 IST
Riya V Anandwala

Veteran actress Aroona Irani is enjoying playing a negative character in Maayka. The actress also promises to shock the audience wih Doli Saja Ke Rakhna.

You've always been pretty picky about your roles on TV, haven't you?
Yes. But when Ekta (Kapoor) called me for Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, I couldn't say no. Then Ashwini Yardi called me for a negative character in Maayka. I was a little skeptical about taking it up, but now I'm glad I did.

So what's the high of playing Durga?
Once, I was the biggest bitch in the movies. I was such a horror. Now I'm playing a nasty number after a long time and enjoying it thoroughly.

Would you ever conceive a bitchy female protagonist in any of your productions?
I will now. Earlier, people couldn't accept negative characters but things are changing now. I'll soon shock the audience with Doli Saja Ke Rakhna.

Shock.. how?
I've roped in Sangeeta Ghosh to play a negative character. She's never done a role like this before.. but I'm sure viewers will love it.

Was there any animosity between you and Sangeeta when she took up Viraasat?
Not at all. She hasn't left my camp. Sangeeta told me that she'd be doing Viraasat for 25 days and would be able to shoot with me for five days a month. <b1>

Has Barkha Bisht (Doli Saja Ke Rakhna), lived up to your expectations?
Yes. She's a wonderful person and a great actor.

What else are you coming up with?
I'm launching a new show on Zee called Nagin. It will be tri-weekly.

Are you making anything for TV besides soaps?
Nagin comes under a different genre, though I can't elaborate on that now. I'd love to make a comedy But it's a trying job, I'd need a very good scriptwriter.. they're tough to find.

Are you planning a comeback to films?
To be honest, I haven't got a single offer. I'll definitely consider a role if it comes my way but I won't ask for one.

How about producing a film?
Right now I have no such plans.