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People love my spunk, the energy I bring into my roles: Sanjeeda Sheikh

Sanjeeda Sheikh says the audience likes her for the energy she puts into her characters on screen.

tv Updated: Jun 07, 2016 21:05 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Sanjeeda Sheikh considers herself one of the few actors who keep getting lead shows consistently.
Sanjeeda Sheikh considers herself one of the few actors who keep getting lead shows consistently.

Sanjeeda Sheikh made a mark on the small screen with shows like Ek Hasina Thi and Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa. She didn’t do any TV serial for over a year. But, she is back on the tube with a show, in which she plays the role of mother to a six-year-old. Here, she talks about her comeback, and more.

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You are back on TV. How does it feel?

I am shooting for a daily soap after a year-and-a-half. So, the feeling of being back at work is new to me. I have been away for a while, but I consider myself one of the few actors who keep getting lead shows consistently. I am fortunate. I think taking a gap after a long-running show is a must.

Sanjeeda Sheikh feels the audience connects with her characters.

What do you think makes you so popular?

I feel the audience connects with my characters. Also, I guess they know me because of the reality shows that I have done.

You play strong characters on screen. Do you put in your feistiness into your characters or the parts that are offered to you are originally strong?

I have always played strong roles and even done a grey one. People love my spunk and the energy I bring into my roles. There is a bit of myself in all the characters I play. My last show, Ek Hasina Thi, also helped me a lot, as the audience loved my feisty character, Durga Thakur. I am glad that now I am playing a strong woman in my ongoing show.

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You play the role of a mother in that serial. Why do you think most actresses shy away from playing older roles on screen?

It’s a perception. There are so many young film actors, who play the roles of mothers in films, but no one raises an eyebrow then. But when an actress plays a mum on a TV show, she is looked at differently. It is the mindset that once you play a mum, you won’t get lead roles. Actors should be judged on how they look on screen, and not on the basis of the age of their characters. Yes, there was a phase when I was sceptical about playing a mother. But today, I am very confident of pulling it off. I don’t care about what people think.