'Komolika' back to her tacky tactics!

Urvashi Dholakia aka Komolika is now seen as Nayonika Abhyankar in Gautam Adhikari?s Risshton Ki Dor.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 18:31 IST

She still rules the prime time TV roost as the catty Komolika in Kasauti Zindagi Kay and now she’s wreaking havoc in a middle class family in the afternoons too.

Urvashi Dholakia, now seen as Nayonika Abhyankar in Gautam Adhikari’s Risshton Ki Dor (Sony), has been in the TV industry for a little over two decades and acted in a number of shows Ghar Ek Mandir, Mehndi Tere Naam Ki, Kahani Teri Meri, Kabhie Souten Kabhie Saheli, Kahiin To Hoga.

Dressed in a shimmering turquoise green dress, Dholakia looked fetching even as costar for the day, yesteryear actor Raza Murad mildly flirted with her.

Interestingly, Murad says, that over 14 years ago Dholakia had played the young Poonam Dhillon in Palay Khan “in which I played her father. And today, she plays a woman who flirts with me and even uses all my lines against me!” Dholakia says, “Today women are pretty vocal and I think it’s time they flirted with men too. We have been at the receiving end for too long.”

Urvashi Dholakia aka  ‘Komolika’ says she is comfortable playing the vamp on telly

She says Nayonika is a middle class girl who has gone through several ups and downs. “She marries Suhas, a middle class boy. They both have had their hardships and decide to marry thinking they would understand each other”.

In the meanwhile, she is also attracted to a man who later marries her sister-in-law.

So how different is Nayonika from Komolika? “I think Nayonika is grey compared to Komolika who is negative. Nayonika is a woman who you could identify with. In fact, I feel the story of Suhas and his three sisters in a middle class house and their problems is a commoner’s story that anybody can with.”

Considering she’s already hit the highs with Komolika, wouldn’t Dholakia have preferred taking on a positive role? “I am not here to break images. If Komolika gave me the title of a vamp, so be it. I liked the character of Nayonika — she is very interesting. She reminds me of this young girl I played in a serial called Mehndi Tere Naam Ki who gets swayed by ambition.”

When not working, Dholakia loves to catch up on her sleep. “On a day off, I sleep till 3 in the afternoon.”

She doesn’t get time to watch TV “but when I do it’s HBO, Star Movies, Will And Grace or cartoons for me. I love Tom & Jerry. Watching them reminds me of my friend who I think is Tom while I am Jerry.”

She says that very few interesting roles come her way considering “they all still see me as Komolika. I had taken a break from work recently when the offer to work in Risshton Ki Dor came along.

I worked in my first daily soap called Waqt Ki Raftaar about 12-14 years ago with Gautam bhai (Adhikari) so I couldn’t have refused him.”

Ask her if she nurses a desire to become a film star like her peers and she says candidly, “Unlike TV, which accepts all kind of actors from theatre, films, modelling, wannabes, has-beens everybody, films still look down upon a TV actor. And I don’t like that. Today TV has enough talent and is mainly for the masses. In terms of reach, recognition, even money we are not very far behind.”

First Published: Jun 13, 2006 14:08 IST