Niki Walia's second innings on TV
Television actress Niki Aneja-Walia of Astitva - Ek Prem Kahani fame feels TV shows nowadays lack adult romance and hopes to recreate it through her comeback show Ghar Ek Sapna.tv Updated: May 06, 2009 12:12 IST
Television actress Niki Aneja of Astitva - Ek Prem Kahani fame feels TV shows nowadays lack adult romance and hopes to recreate it through her comeback show Ghar Ek Sapna.
"I am trying to bring back adult romance on the small screen through my show. So many shows during my time had it," Niki, who returns to the small screen after a three-year hiatus, told IANS.
"These days it is either the 20-somethings or 80-year-olds who are shown romancing. So I'm trying to bring back the modern Indian woman on screen," she added.
Now apart from establishing herself on the small screen once again, she wants to be known as Niki Walia instead of her maiden name. "I am really trying hard to come back as Niki Walia and not Niki Aneja," said the actress, who is married to marketing consultant Sunny Walia.
Niki, who is set to play a public prosecutor in Sahara One's "Ghar Ek Sapna", made her big screen debut with "Mr. Azaad" in 1994. The film wasn't a hit and she moved to the small screen and did shows like "Baat Ban Jaye" and "Gharwali Uparwali" before she shot to fame with "Astitva...".
Niki says that "Ghar Ek Sapna" was not really going to be her comeback show as director Ajay Sinha, who worked with her in "Astitva", had bigger plans for her.
"He was going to do a show with me as the lead, but when we got down to the nitty-gritties of the project I realised it would require me to give 20-22 days a month. I realised I would have to stay away from my kids for too long. So we dropped the plan. That's when 'Ghar Ek Sapna' came into the picture," said the actress, who is now settled in Britain.
Niki says she was "hell nervous" before giving her first shot for "Ghar Ek Sapna" but relaxed as the shoot progressed.
Niki happily played mother to her twins during her break from the acting career.
While abroad, she also hosts a TV show called "Zee & U" on Zee UK.
"Leaving the industry was a very conscious decision because I wanted to start my own family. In fact, I got pregnant a month before we wrapped up the show. I got twins - a boy and a girl - and I wanted to give them all the possible time I could. So all this while I was just enjoying being a mummy," she said.
To shoot for Ghar Ek Sapna, Niki flew down to India for 10 days and says she had a hard time leaving her kids behind.
"It was really hard to leave my kids behind but my in-laws made it so easy for me. In fact, my mother-in-law and husband kept telling me that - 'It's high time you went back'. With such support, I feel I have been very lucky," she said.