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Panchi flies to Moscow

The actress, who was last seen as Prachi in the Balaji Telefilms daily called Kayamath, recently flew to Russia and returned with a big smile on her face.

tv Updated: Jan 12, 2010 20:13 IST
Rachana Dubey

The actress, who was last seen as Prachi in the Balaji Telefilms daily on Star Plus called


, recently flew to Russia and returned with a big smile on her face.

The reason — during her stay there she took on an English-language Russian TV production as the leading lady. Panchi Bohra, Ekta Kapoor’s discovery, has already completed work on a forementioned TV series titled — The Hindu - The Indian.

Beyond boundaries

When asked about the news of the Russian TV show, she confirmed and said, “I had to audition for the role. It’s a top-of-the-line production house from Moscow. The executives were scouting for a leading lady, who had to be an Indian. The line production approached me and soon I was told that I had been selected to play Maya.”

Maya, according to Bohra, is an Indian girl, extremely spiritual and follows her religious guru’s instructions to the T. “It’s a love story between Maya and a guy from Moscow. The shooting was completed in two schedules. We shot in parts of North India and then the next portion in Moscow. My co-actor Sharov is a popular TV star there (in Russia). He is quite handsome too,” chuckled the actor. One of the reasons Bohra opted for the show was because she wanted to learn more about how the international television scene functions. And she seems to have returned quite enlightened. “Unlike us, they shoot the entire series in one go. Then they take a while to complete the post-production,” she said.

“Then months later, they put it on air and run it for a few months. Their TV production methods are similar to that of the movies, except when you watch the final product you watch it in parts and not like one entire film. So far, the production house hasn’t even finalised a TV channel for the show though the shooting got over late last month. I found it awkward because here, in Mumbai, the process begins with finalising a TV channel for the show,” informed the actress.

Bohra also added that she stayed and shot for the show in the heart of Russia. “We were staying at a place right across the Red Cross. It was the most beautiful sight; it was covered with sheets of ice. It was the first time that I ever experienced temperatures below zero degrees,” she said.

So, would her Russian debut be shown on desi TV too? “Hopefully” she says, keeping her toes and fingers crossed. “We have Youtube here. The show, from what I know, will not be shown on any other networks other than those in Russian. It should go on air by April. Once it does, I’m sure people will find its videos all over the place,” said Bohra.

And what about assignments back home? Putting a smile across her face, she says that she hasn’t taken on any more shows after Kayamath, which ended more than a year ago.

“I would rather wait for a good show than just take on anything that comes my way. I’ve been doing TV advertisements and reading scripts. So once I find something worth my taste, I will give it a nod. Till then, I don’t mind experimenting with some international shows.”