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SHE COMES, she watches and she conquers. This is tale of a well-known television artiste, Maruti Agarwal, who has acted in over dozen TV serials including that of Balaji Telefilms in the past one and half years. The lass from Kanpur probably got her best award in life when a prominent filmmaker Late Ramanand Sagar said: ?Maruti, one day you will touch the pinnacle by your acting.?

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 00:37 IST

SHE COMES, she watches and she conquers. This is tale of a well-known television artiste, Maruti Agarwal, who has acted in over dozen TV serials including that of Balaji Telefilms in the past one and half years.

The lass from Kanpur probably got her best award in life when a prominent filmmaker Late Ramanand Sagar said: “Maruti, one day you will touch the pinnacle by your acting.” Since then Maruti has played lead roles in several tele-serials of the Sagar Productions like Jai Ganga, Hotel Kingston and Ankhen.

Latest addition to her kitty is the character of Maina she played in Sai Baba, being aired from March 18. Her serial Aahat-II , directed by Dayal Nihlani, had won her ‘best horror serial award’ and she got recognition for her role.

Born and brought up in this industrial city, Maruti after doing her Intermediate from Prabhat Public School at Sarvodaya Nagar migrated to Mumbai in 2004. Since then, there was no looking back. Besides getting meaty roles in TV serials, she has also bagged roles in some Hindi and Bhojpuri films. Being an optimist, she hopes that she would get some big banners in the near future.

Maruti shared her experiences with Hindustan Times at her residence in Geeta Nagar. “Struggle is a continuous process and it lasts throughout the life but by virtue of hard work one can achieve one’s goal,”said Maruti, while describing her struggling in Mumbai.

She considers herself as fortunate enough because barely four days after she landed in Mumbai she passed the screening test at Balaji Telefilms. Since then, she has played the roles of important characters in Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kusum, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kesar, Kahin To Hoga, Kasauti Zindagi Ki and several others.

Moreover, Maruti has played roles in movies like Kiska Hai Intezar, Yeh Isqe Nahin, Sindurwa Ke Rang Hazar, Balam Videsiya and Badka Bhaiyya. But, Maruti feels that in Bollywood, star kids are responsible for suppressing the talented artistes from small towns. “By their sheer connection, they manage to get important roles in big banner movies and the directors cut the role of small artistes because some way or other they have to satisfy the star kids,” said Maruti.

“Profit is the sole leitmotif of the directors and producers in Bollywood and because of this only, many talented artistes from small town are forced to return from Mumbai,” added Maruti.

Maruti feels that artistes from small town who want to make a career in Mumbai must complete their education before leaving for Mumbai. “Education enables you to judge what is right or wrong and saves you from being exploited in the film industry,” said Maruti Agarwal.

Aspiring to become a famous actress and wants to portray the characters of Mother Teresa, Medha Patekar and Queen Elizabeth on the silver screen, Maruti is optimistic that soon eminent producers and directors would hire her for these roles.

She said her aim was to open a charitable organisation to help the disabled. “I know this can become possible with me becoming a recognised actress,” she said.

Giving some suggestions to the budding stars from small towns, Maruti, who herself began her acting carrier from theatre, said, “Parents support is a must for everyone because my father Jeetendra Kumar has been living with me in Mumbai and at times when I feel down, I get moral support to continue my journey in the industry from him.”

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 00:34 IST