How was the first day back at work?
So far, so good. (Laughs) I’m treating Woh Rehenewaali Mehelon ki like a new soap.
Why quit it if you were planning to return anyway?
I didn’t want to play mum to a grown-up, so I quit the soap. But the producers recently got in touch with me. I considered the offer and accepted it.. they didn’t push me.
Neha Janpandit who had replaced you wasn’t aware of being re-replaced..
I don’t know. The only time I had spoken to her was when we were shooting the new promo which marked my exit and her entry. I had told her that she ought be professional because the producers would treat her like family. I advised her to work hard. I didn’t go into the details of why she was asked to leave because it’s not my business.
You didn’t do any projects in the interim?
I did a reality show Saas vs Bahu. I’ll never forget the experience because I’ve learnt that I’m not cut out for dance-based reality shows. I couldn’t take the backstage politics. The show would take up a lot of my time. Apart from that I worked in two episodes of Sssh Koi Hai. It has been just five months since I quit Woh Rehenewali..
What about your movie offers?
(Surprised) What movie offers? These were all rumours. I didn’t leave the show because I wanted to get into the movies. I am not such an ambitious go-getter to leave a lucrative TV career and start all over again in the movies. I’m happy with a set routine.
How about a fashion makeover for your character? Real-life bahus do wear denims and capris and contemporary Indian clothes, you know..
We give the viewers what they want to see. If they want to watch skimpily dressed modern women, vampish-dressing with low cut blouses, we’ll think about it. But thankfully, people are going back to their roots. Pallus have become popular on all the shows. Joint family stories are being adored on prime time. When they stop being popular, they will stop being around.
How’s your marriage going?
It has been four years and we’re very happy. My husband has a job in Mumbai and has been here for the last three years. We have a home of our own. After a year of a long-distance marriage, we’re extremely happy to be together.