Sadiya Siddiqui, the actress who has acted in many serials, the most popular being Banegi Apni Baat, Saat Phere, Saathii Re, Humraahi talks about her award-winning portrayal of a progressive teacher in Balika Vadhu and more...
Did you think you had any competition in the Best Supporting Actress [for Balika Vadhu] at the ITA Awards?
Of course... my friends Smita Bansal and Bhairavi Raichura were nominated in the same category. In fact, it was they who told me about the nominations. At the end of the day, Balika Vadhu won an award... and that’s all that matters.
Are you returning in Saat Phere?
Gayatri’s track came up because she was a child widow. It ended when she remarried. It didn’t make sense to get her back. Why pay me for no reason? But I might return to Balika Vadhu.
Your first show Humraahi dealt with a similar subject, right?
Yes. I played a child bride who died giving birth. Now, I play a school teacher who is against the child marriage system. It’s sad that 15 years after Humraahi, we’re still facing the same problem.
In these years, which have been the high points of your career?
Humraahi for sure. I was a school kid when I was invited to the EMMYs to be felicitated. It was such a high being amidst the stars of The Bold and The Beautiful and Santa Barbara. I remember being driven in a limousine — it was such a big car! Other high points would be my roles in Banegi Apni Baat.. and Raghu Romeo. And of course Saat Phere and Balika Vadhu.
Any co-star who still makes you nervous?
Umm, if I were to do a scene with Shah Rukh Khan again... I played his sister in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa... I’d get the jitters all over again.