Mouni Roy has become a popular name on the small screen in a matter of six years. She has acted in shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev, and Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq. Currently, she stars in a hit TV show that is known for its supernatural theme. Here, Mouni talks about being unaffected by her success, how her looks get more attention than her acting skills, and more.
You are in a good space as far as your work is concerned. Has this affected your attitude?
I am not an ambitious person. I look for personal and spiritual growth. In the TV industry, you are only as popular as your show. TV isn’t like films; you can’t rest on your laurels. So, I don’t think I have changed with the success of my ongoing show. My priorities are very different in life. I only care about my family, my loved ones, and my personal space. I want to dance a lot, and I even want to get into writing.
Are you aware of the jokes and memes about your show that are doing the rounds online?
Yes, they are funny. My friends’ kids love the show. When I visit them, they climb on me to check if I have [snake] scales on my skin (laughs).
Do you think people talk more about your looks than your acting skills?
People talk about both — my acting as well as my looks. I have always taken care of how I look. It is part of my job. If I wasn’t doing my job well, then people wouldn’t connect with me.
Have things changed for you over the years?
I don’t think things around me have changed at all. My friends still fight with me the way they used to. My mum still scolds me how she did in the past. As for work, people in the industry knew about my existence earlier. The only difference is that now, viewers in the remotest areas of the country know me.
A lot of TV shows today are introducing supernatural tracks…
Such stories take you away from the mundane. So, they work well. The same goes for mythological or historical shows, which are accepted more easily [by the masses]. We get fascinated with such storytelling. In the west, we have werewolves, vampires and witches. In India, we have shape-shifting snakes and ghosts, etc. But we don’t propagate these beliefs; we say clearly that the characters are fictitious. They are only meant for entertainment.