Actor Govinda’s daughter Narmada will take a while to make her acting debut. But his nieces are already competing against each other on the small screen. Two of his sisters’ daughters, Ragini Khanna and Aarti Singh, have their respective shows, Sasuraal Genda Phool and Thoda Hai Bas Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai, on Star Plus and Colors, in the 7. 30 pm slot.
Not at loggerheads
The latter’s show has just gone on air this week, while the former’s has been on air since two months. Singh’s show is based in Mumbai and Khanna’s in Delhi, both in middle-class homes. Both sisters play married women!
Bring up the similarities and the spirit of competition, and Singh laughs, “We never talk like competitors. Of course, we’re aware that our shows run in the same slot on competing channels, but thankfully we don’t come at loggerheads at all because we’re one big family.” Singh admits that she adores her sister’s show on the rival channel.
“Ragini makes the character believable. I can’t imagine anyone else playing Suhana. That role looks tailor-made for her though I know it’s never that way for any actor. She’s worked really hard and the show’s ratings speak for that,” adds Singh.
Has Ragini seen Thoda Hai Bas Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai? Singh says she has, adding that she been inundated with complimentary messages from immediate and extended family. “The day my show becomes a hit, I’m sure Ragini will be happy for me,” Singh says.
Wonder if uncle Govinda has congratulated his niece who plays a Maharashtrian housewife despite the language barrier? Singh gushes, “Mamaji saw two-three episodes. He told me I was doing really well. He said he was proud of me because he feels the character I’m playing is difficult and demanding and doing justice to it has come rather smoothly to me. That gave me a high, apart from the show finally kicking off this week.”
Reportedly, Thoda Hai... was expected to come on air in March in the channel’s (Colors) afternoon band.
Singh admits: “Thank God we’re in the evening slot. I’ve heard that the channel personnel saw the episodes and decided to take it in the early prime time. With due respect, it gives just every actor a greater high to be in that slot than being in the noon band.”