She enjoyed being the favourite next-door-girl in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, the first female winner of reality show Bigg Boss and now a strict mom in Parvarrish - Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi. But Shweta Tiwari feels women do not get to play diverse roles in TV shows.
"What I see is that women are not portraying too many characters or shades on screen. They are playing sweet, simple and nice roles. That is the only thing they do until they play a negative role," Shweta told IANS.
"If you see Balika Vadhu she is the same. Byaah Hamari Bahoo Ka is also the same. If you see any other show, all the leads look identically the same. No one is doing anything different," she said.
However, Shweta feels that her character of Sweety in Parvarrish is true to real life and has all the shades of life.
"Sweety is at times mean and selfish but at times she has her own rules. She will not do wrong to you but will also not let anyone do wrong to her. Such characters are real characters, which are not shown on television any more. It is there in Bollywood, but no one likes them in this industry (television). I think this change should be there."
The 31-year-old was also part of the reality show Bigg Boss 4 and when asked if there is an overdose of reality, Shweta feels otherwise.
"I think there was an overdose of reality shows, but now it is less. Now there are just a few selected ones left which have established themselves; and if people need fiction then they also need reality. I guess there is Big Boss, Dance India Dance and shows like Indian Idol. The rest of them have fizzled out. Earlier, there used to be so many, like Kitchen King and Chote Miya."
Parvarrish - Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi has been dealing with parenting and the educational system. Shweta says parents have become more flexible now as compared to earlier.
"What I feel is that people have become more cool now. In our times, we were told to learn and mug up. We were told to become doctors and engineers. However, that is not the case now. People want to go for international learning. They know that their children have to do something. People don't look at marks but at how much children know," said Shweta, who has a daughter, Palak.
The actor, who is seeking divorce from her husband Raja Chaudhary, has a word of advice for parents.
"Parents should understand if their child will be able to fight with the problems that will come in future or not. They should prepare their kids to face problems," Shweta said.