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‘Kids are not scared of me’

Surekha Sikri, daadisa of Balika Vadhu and Pratima Kanan, naani of Uttaran, explain why grannies are the new tele-vamps. Read on to know what they have to say about their roles.

tv Updated: Apr 15, 2010 17:31 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Surekha SikriSurekha Sikri, Daadisa of Balika Vadhu and Pratima Kanan, Naani of Uttaran, explain why grannies are the new tele-vamps

They’re no longer attempting to be sexy. They’re actually playing grandmothers who make everyone’s lives miserable. Here’s what Daadisa of Balika Vadhu and Naani of Uttaran, on Colors, have to say:

Avika Gor’s hospitalisation in the show was being called a TRP-boosting stunt.
Balika Vadhu had been a favourite with viewers for two years now. I don’t believe that it requires such stunts. The incident was just a part of the storyline. However I am overwhelmed with the kind of response that the show has received and the love that little Anandi (Avika Gor) has received and how people prayed that she comes back.

Would you agree that given your stern granny image, children are petrified of you?
(Laughs) My appearance might be stern and strict. But no, the kids whom I have met and interacted with have always wanted to shake hands with me, take a picture and some of them have actually come and pecked me on my cheeks. They hug me and call me “Daadisa”. Kids are not scared of us.

Weren’t you apprehensive playing a granny?
I am not playing a granny, I am playing a character that is challenging and interesting. If you look at Kalyani, she’s a mother in law, a mother and then a granny, who has gone through a change of heart. As an actor I don’t like to play stereotyped roles unless there is a reason for me to do so. I am not afraid of being stereotyped, because I know the character I play depends on my versatility and how well I will be able to execute it.

Are you taking on any new shows?
I am open to interesting offers and good scripts, but there’s nothing new as of now.

Apparently, you declined movie offers for this show?
Yes that is because I was too busy with this show and I did not have the time to take on more work.

Where does the show move now, given that Sakshi Tanwar has entered the show as Teepri?

You should ask the writer this question. If he continues to have great ideas, this show can continue to attract viewers. The script is always important and so far, the show is shaping up well.

Grannies are just overprotective: Pratima Kanan

Why do you think grannies are no longer the fairy tale narrators?
Who said grannies are no longer fairy tale narrators? They are always good to their children and can shower all the love for them at all times. With the changing times, grannies have just become over- protective about their grandchildren.

Why have grannies become the new villains then?
Grannies are not villains but situations make them react or act in that manner. Sometimes extreme love for their kids makes them behave and act like that. We grannies are always concerned about our own blood. Even in the show, I always keep thinking about Tapasya’s happiness and want her to be have the best of everything in life.

Doesn’t it bother you that children will be afraid to come near you and you might get type cast?
Children are not afraid to come near me. Even they know that I think love my grandchild Tapasya, but they tell me I should love Ichcha also. Last Diwali, some children in my building made card for me, which proves that children are not afraid to come near me.

First Published: Apr 15, 2010 15:12 IST