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‘This show is not another Uttaran’

Ankita Shrivastava and Sulagna Panigrahi, on their budding friendship and their new show Do Saheliyaan.

tv Updated: Feb 16, 2010 19:45 IST
Rachana Dubey

You both were signed on for the show almost eight months ago. Didn’t you get apprehensive with the delay?
Ankita:
Anyone would be apprehensive. I have already been through so many bad experiences, one more bad one, would mean that god is really out to test my patience.

Sulagna: I was tempted with the offers I got after Amber Dhara ended. I was still under a two-year contract with Swastik, its production house. And since we had been finalised, I thought I might as well wait and watch.

Don’t you think waiting was a risk?
Ankita: It was a risk and a test of patience. In show business, you have to have patience. If something doesn’t work out, you move on and take on another show. But you have to be patient.

Sulagna: Waiting and then saying no to other shows was a huge risk. It would be for any actor. But I had to run it.

Ankita, weren’t you supposed to do a show called Pankh Hote To Udd Jaati Main for Fox ?
Yes, that’s correct. I had shot over 10 episodes for it. I had worked on that show for eight months. I was taken all over the place to promote the show too. And then it didn’t take off. It was for Sahara One and produced by Fox. I had really pinned my hopes on it, but... never mind.

Now, that you both have been shooting for a while together in Jaisalmer, are you both friends?
Ankita: Yes, we totally are. She dotes on me and ditto I. We both share a Rourkela connection. We have individual memories of living in that place. So, that catalysed our friendship. And today, we share a great bonding.

Sulagna: Yeah. She’s a great pal and I completely adore her. We work together for so many hours every day. We go out shopping often too. We eat together. It’s a lot of fun. Thankfully, we don’t fight.

Friendship has different shades in American shows. Here friendship is all about a rich and a poor friend, like in the show Uttaran?
Ankita:
Our show is not Uttaran. And secondly, I think Indian shows will reflect the Indian mindset and the social fabric. It
cannot be a Friends or something. I’d like to believe that relationships are being portrayed more boldly now. Nothing is linear anymore.

Sulagna: Actually, we’re portraying complications the way they can happen between any two individuals. Two friends living in a city can also go through what our characters go through in the show.

Sulagna, do you feel your last show, Amber Dhara, on Sony could have ended on a better note?
I didn’t want it to end. It was a cute show and also the highest TRP grosser on Sony at that point. But I agree that it could have ended on a better note. Things went haywire.

You are also from an armed forces background. What would you say, you have, that an actress from any other background would lack?
I think we mature fast and are more accommodating. We can adjust to everything around us, including the sudden changes in the weather. We get to interact with so many different kinds of people. We are good observers.

Ankita, do you agree?
Yes, I do. I’m her saheli after all.

Friendship has different shades in American shows. Here it is all about a rich and a poor friend, like in the show Uttaran?
Ankita:
Our show is not Uttaran. And secondly, I think Indian shows will reflect the Indian mindset and the social fabric.

It cannot be a Friends or something. I’d like to believe that relationships are being portrayed more boldly now. Nothing is linear anymore.

Sulagna: Actually, we’re portraying complications the way they can happen between any two individuals. Two friends living in a city can also go through what our characters go through in the show.

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