In a candid mood, the beautiful actress gives her take on the present situation
It is tough to imagine Sangeeta Ghosh playing mom to two teenage kids. With her radiant smile and chirpy demeanour, she can put any teenager to shame. Best known as Pammi from Des Main Nikla Hoga Chand, Sangeeta is back on screen after a hiatus of a year with Parvarrish Season 2. Here are excerpts...
In your last show, Jee Le Zara, you were an unmarried woman in love with a much younger man. Now, you’re mom to two adolescent kids. Is a conscious decision to do unconventional stuff?
(Laughs) I was a single unmarried woman in love with a younger man...Can you imagine that? Yes, I want to do different stuff. It can be any kind of role but I should be able to visualise myself in the character. It’s like reading a novel, where you see characters as you read further. I should be able to relate to that role. I should not feel stupid doing it nor should viewers find it silly. DJ is known for its sensible shows. I liked the first season of Parvarrish a lot and hence gave my nod.
We are seeing a lot of supernatural stuff on TV nowadays. You were also a part of many family dramas, what’s your take on this?
I did not wish to talk about them but yes looking back, I feel lucky to have a certain repertoire of shows in my kitty. There is viewership for the kind of shows that’s on air now, I can’t negate that at all, but I can’t see myself viewing them. I find it tough to digest that content. The storylines change so much that you feel you’re watching some different show altogether.
Do TRPs bother you?
No, it is not my job to get into that zone. There are people who have the expertise to look into the numbers. As an actor, I never care for TRPs whether they’re sky-high or at the bottom. Yes, I feel bad when a show has to end because you get attached to people, a particular set over a period of time. That is about it.
Have you cut down on work post marriage or are you just selective?
I was always selective. My husband (polo player Shailendra Singh Rajput) has always supported me. He never asked me to quit. In between I thought of calling it quits as I was very tired and felt that the roles offered to me were quite unexciting. I found them monotonous. Then, I wanted to be with my family. I have never taken any decision under pressure.
Your husband comes from a royal family. Was it tough to adjust?
Initially, when I got married I could not understand why certain things were done in a particular way. Nobody forced me to do anything but I could see the etiquette around me. There is nothing wrong or bad about the customs that are part of royalty. I took it in a positive way and thought I am experiencing life like I never did before. My parents-in-law are quite liberal. At home, I am in my pajamas and shorts and they’re cool with it. Now, I am living alone in Mumbai with my mom working on the show. No one has raised any questions. In fact, my mom-in-law is quite excited about the show and wants it to start soon.
What’s your take on finite series?
I think they are a very good idea. When I was young, shows would have 13, 20 or 52 episodes max. Then, it was like 100 episodes, 400 and now never-ending. Finite shows keep actors fresh and there is a quality to a story as you know you won’t have to drag it. Actors want more work in such a scenario and are always recharged.
What change do we need on TV?
I think it is changing. We need good story-lines and shows that maintain a script. Many shows start well but do not stick to the original concept. This is a common complaint from actors and viewers. It was not the case earlier.
You are not a mom in real life. Whom did you take reference from?
There is no preparation as such. I took a lot of reference from my mom, mom-in-law, neighbourhood moms, stories I heard from friends and relatives, etc. Our writers are doing a great job so we don’t need to prepare a lot.
What kind of mom do you aspire to be?
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I hope to be a good mother. I wish to be someone whom my kids can have a chat with about any topic under the sun. I should be like a friend to them.