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Bored with Saas-Bahu, its horror that excites Smita

Balika Vadhu actor Smita Bansal, who started acting on TV shows in late 90s, says the medium has changed completely.

lucknow Updated: Aug 18, 2018 14:21 IST
Deep Saxena
Deep Saxena
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The actor is playing a witch hunter in her new Star Plus supernatural show Nazar.(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

Balika Vadhu actor Smita Bansal, who started acting on TV shows in late 90s, says the medium has changed completely.

“While in terms of money and fame TV is better now, content wise it was much better back then,” says Smita, on a promotional visit to Lucknow.

“People started recognizing me after years of work but today you become a star overnight. TV has now much more to offer and films too have opened up to small screen actors,” says the actor who refused films early in her career.

“When I came from Jaipur to Mumbai I just wanted to do TV. It didn’t matter what and how. I had a clear instruction from my father to do just TV and no films. Thankfully, TV has given me more than I thought of — my husband, my life. I don’t think I could have asked anything better,” she says.

Things now have changed a lot she feels. “Now, films have become very different. When I started there was just a hero, heroine and a villain. Today, character actors are at times bigger than the lead actors. Indian cinema is in a different and meaningful phase. Some very good cinema is being made.”

The actor is playing a witch hunter in her new Star Plus supernatural show Nazar.

Talking about her character she says, “When there is evil then there has to be good also. I play Divya who does not have any superpower but is well read and scientifically researched about the evil powers. Myself and my on-screen husband have access to weapons, jadi-butian and other equipment to control them.”

Personally she is very fond of horror content. “I love supernatural genre. I don’t miss a good horror film. Unfortunately, in India horror is associated with sleaze, whereas it is strongly related to ‘bhaya’ (fear). I don’t think any other genre gives the thrill that horror gives,” she says.

“I have not experience supernatural till now…thank God! But, I strongly believe that if there is goodness then there has to be evil also somewhere. I am just going by the script with the vision of the maker’s research,” she says.

Smita feels that the craft of making a show makes the difference. “If a well-made horror is given to the audience then they would love to watch it. But, if not well made it becomes shoddy or comedy. It’s not easy to make horror or do it. Thankfully, our show does not have any loud acting, ugly faces or flying people. We have a beautiful ‘dayan’, no ugly faces and things flying across. Primarily, it’s a drama which has supernatural as one of the element.”

On why she accepted this role Smita says, “I was doing Balika Vadhu for the long time and after that as it happens on TV you get similar offers and all want to make you a good mom or saas on screen. Thankfully, I got this different kind of offer and it has been made by producer Gul Khan and directed by Atif.”

Apart from new show, raising her five-year-old daughter Anaagha and managing family is what keeps her busy.

Any reality show on cards?

“Three reality shows excited me out of which two I have done — Nach Baliye and Khatron Ke Khiladi. Jhalak…too excites me a lot but I don’t think I will be able to do it now. New-age actors are fantastic dancers, are trained and so talented. They come well prepared. For us it was just a hobby so it will be unfair to do that,” says the actor.

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 14:21 IST