Smita Bansal: I am ‘Balika Vadhu’ obsessed

Tue, May 22, 2012 11:16am UTC by 9 Comments
Smita Bansal: I am ‘Balika Vadhu’ obsessed

The actor says that after being in the show for four years, playing Sumitra comes naturally to her

Smita Bansal is one happy lady – and why not? She deserves to be. She is one of the four actors of Balika Vadhu who have been a part of the super-successful television show from its first to its 1000th episode – the other three being Satyajit Sharma, Anup Soni and Surekha Sikri. “Four years is a long time,” she says. “We’ve seen lots of ups and downs. It’s been an overwhelming experience. I have grown as an actor with the character. Playing Sumitra (Bhairon Singh) now comes naturally to me.” That doesn’t mean she doesn’t work on it. “All of us still work hard on every scene. We give all of them equal importance, even if we are only required to stand quietly in the background. It’s been a fabulous journey.”

So fabulous that Smita is absolutely sure that no one would ever want to quit the show. “Unless there’s a major reason, no one will want to quit. Like Neha (Marda, who played Gehna), who had no option. She was getting married and shifting to Patna. We miss Vibha (Anand, who played Sugna) and Neha the most,” she says. “I shared a protective relationship with Avika (Gor, who played the child Anandi) because of our comparative ages. I feel proud when I see Avika. She is a fabulous actor and very professional. Pratyusha (Banerjee, who plays the adult Anandi) and I are more like friends. All of them were raw when they came in. We’ve been giving them tipni (advice).”

Smita recalls the time when she entered the industry, about 12 years ago. “When I was new, I wasn’t bothered about what work I did, just that I got work. My only criteria was, ‘What will I be wearing?’. I hail from a Marwari family in Jaipur and my parents were very particular I should not wear anything revealing on screen. If it’s sari or salwar kameez, it’s fine. I did several shows, but I never really acted. I had a good command over Hindi, so I would just memorise the dialogues and recite them. I work much more now. I have grown with Balika Vadhu. The popularity I’ve got now, I did not have at that time.”

She credits the writers of the show with its success.“The writing team is the most important part of the show. I am completely convinced with the script. There are no black and white characters, only grey ones. Next are the directors. Actors are doing more on the show because of them.” Then there are the social issues that Balika Vadhu deals with. “Child marriage and widow remarriage are two issues we’ve shown. It feels good. I am not saying I am a social worker, but if I can contribute somehow to society,then why not?”

Balika Vadhu is significant for Smita, as it was her first show after she gave birth to her daughter eight years ago. “When Staasha was born, I didn’t work for four years. I never thought I would return to acting and had told my husband that too. I never thought I’ll come back with Balika Vadhu. But that’s what happened.” How does she manage work and motherhood? “I am a very good mother. I am low on patience, so I am strict. I also pamper her,but I don’t just go and buy her everything she wants. I think I balance it well.Everyone who meets her says she is a well-mannered kid.”

Now that she has returned to work, it doesn’t mean she’ll consider other shows…not yet. “I am Balika Vadhu – obsessed,” she laughs.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • Balika vadhu

    serial ka maja he katam kar di ya jagya to anandi sa melwakar. Jagya should return to Gawri coz she is pragment. Please let Anandi marry Shiv

    • kavita pillai

      s i m agree with this prvious post , let marry anandi to shiv..b-coz she diserve him…& dont like jagdish cacrecter…let him go back to gouri…he dont deserve to come back in anandi’s life…. its very very bored to watch show nw a days only b-coz of jagya…..

      • jitendra katre

        Jagya is playing very worst role in balika vadhu among al
        Roles……not deserving aanandi from any angle…as he
        Has given lots of pain to aanandi…..end story along with
        The shiv…….and jagya will deserve most worst thing…
        like quit from his home and work as a farmer in others
        Field…….

    • PChavan

      i completely agree with this comment.

  • kavita pillai

    Smitaji plz come back we all just vating for u….. come soon…

  • jaya kurup

    HALLOOO GO TO HELL JAGIYA. UR CRIMINAL CHARACTER IS NOT APPLICABLE IN CHOTTYMOM’S MIND.OK. SHE IS VERY MUCH CARE ABOUT SHIV’S LIFE.SHE WILL ALLOW SHIV IN A CRUCIAL CONDITION,OK. SO PLS CAREFUL,SHIV WILL OTHER BEAUTIFUL GIRLS ,MORE THAN ANADI.TELL DADI & ANADI TAKE CARE OF JAGIYA FOR EVER.WE CANOT DIGEST HIM A FOOL.WE LIKE CHOTTYMOM’S TALK TO ANADI’S HOUSE.AS SHE OPENLY SAYS SHE WANTS A 2ND OPINION TO COINTINU FOR WEDDING OR NOT. SHE IS A WISE LADY.DADI & ANADI FOLLOW HER.OK

  • jaya kurup

    Halooo sir pls we canot digest ur idea as jagiya is unnecesserly entering anadi & shiv’s life. He is irretating us so sent him to bby where gauri stays.he is not at all laking any simpathy from any member in that house.Getrid of him by any GUNDAS//.Kept him in a police custody until anadi & shiv’s wedding.or he will show his any drama,as dadi will change her mind.so keep him away from jaster,anadi ko uska NAJAR NA LAGANA HAI//.we will come there & chatta marega jagiya ko.so pls more than suffenciant now so it is time to stop BV for ever.SWARM ACHA HAI TO GANA BAND KARNA HAI,A PROVERB,OK.SO PLS CHANGE IS Needed as we r not at all liking jagiya.Also avoid that small boy NANDU,why he is interfearing like elders.dont do .this is alesson for small boys as they will see.not good for them.so now this is the time to wind up,OK.

  • bhav dhari singh

    sir
    i am a regular viewer of balika badhu serial . i like mostly it,s story and last caption. you should compile those last caption and publish it. it ia a good example for our social and traditional reform. recently we came to know that your story wants to get anandi and jagdish married again. this will be very bad seeing our opinion and culture. however you want to drag this serial it can be done in a refined way .
    1) optio 1– both anadi and sib should marry and live happily. jagdish either goes to gauri or lead a saint like life in village along with family members.
    2) option-2 jagdish marries gauri in mumbai and anadi sib marries in jessore.
    3) jadsgdis goes out from jessore and become agood saint .
    4) both jagdish and anandi exel in their life and gets great hour and meet while sharing some common platfor.
    it will be suicidal for your serial if you arrange marriage of anandi and jagdish. this will be against all good things preached through your serial. let director , producer and writer should finalise there strategy for carrying this serial without sacrifying the moral or essence of your serial that only good things prevail and bad things perish. like gita or indian culture.
    bhav dhari singh
    ph- 9430038161, ranchi jharkhand

  • bhav dhari singh

    sir
    director , producer , writer
    please see comments before proceeding story. though your interest may be for lingering this serial but it should be done in ethical and moral way which is essence of this serial and our indian tradition . moreover nowa days much is talked about woman suppression and torture . you should not glorify such tortures.
    bhav dhari singh


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