'Soap operas are my bread and butter'

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'Soap operas are my bread and butter'

From the comfort of essaying a pivotal role in a daily soap opera to one day leaving it all up at once, Pratyusha Banerjee, the actress who became a household name portraying the character Anandi, lives by her own rules.

The damsel who has proved her mettle time and again, be it on the dancing platform of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 or the recent season of the reality show Bigg Boss 7, is doing a stint as anchor of the popular Savdhaan India –India Fights Back series on women against crime. Metrolife catches up with the actress to bring you a sneak peek of her journey ahead.

Being under the weather her voice chokes as she excitedly goes on to tell about her new role. “On my first day at Balika Vadhu, I had to take so many takes to get a dialogue right. Well! The same happened at Savdhaan.... I just couldn’t get the lines right.

The language is so different from the one that we are used to. The whole legal talk about IPC (Indian Penal Code) ki dharaayein will take some time for me to become a pro at!”, the actress, who is also doing a special series on women for the Life Ok channel show, admits casually.

Making no pretence of her popularity as Anandi, the actress says, “I was very open about it to my director and producer that after three-long years as Anandi, I had gradually lost interest in enacting the same role,” adding, “But that doesn’t mean I regret losing out on a show like that. Jo bhi hota hai, jo bhi hua hai, achche ke liye hi hua hai.” 

Sharing a touching instance from her currently running docu-drama series, she says, “In an episode, a father leaves his special child in a bus, all alone. I was deeply impacted by this particular story in the series.”

Hailing from Jamshedpur, she shares a strong bond with her family that is well-settled in
the Steel City. Speaking of her stay at the Bigg Boss house, she reveals, “It was difficult for me to be a part of a reality show like Bigg Boss. One , I am always on phone, 24X7, with friends and family. Second, I had to stay out of touch with my family completely. I felt homesick all the time.”

 As she gets in the groove of becoming a TV host, we ask her what else she would want to try her hands at? The actress instantly tells us, “A show like 24 is something I would look forward to be a part of. But soap operas are my bread and butter, so I do want to do one that runs for a year or so. I would really want to do content-based shows.”

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