'I will return to TV'

Starting her career with the small screen, Mona Singh gradually moved to films and the actress, who will be next seen in upcoming movie Zed Plus, says she now wants to try her hands in theatre.

The 33-year-old actress, best known for her titular role in hit TV soap Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin, said her co-stars in the Chandra Prakash Dwivedi-directed film, who have a background of theatre, inspired her to take up on stage acting.

“I am doing theatre. It happened because all the actors of Zed Plus are from theatre — Mukesh Tiwary, Adil Hussain, Sanjay Mishra, Kulbhushan Kharbanda. On the set of the film, I felt very out of place. I thought I should also try my hands in theatre. It is very challenging, there are no re-takes, no cuts on stage. I am doing a play next month
in Mumbai. It is called Unfaithfully Yours. Hopefully, we will travel to other cities as well,” said Singh.

The actress, who has earlier starred in films like 3 Idiots and Utt Pataang, will be seen in a de-glamourised role. But she is not complaining as she considers herself lucky to
get the part.

“When I was approached for the film and Sir (Dwivedi) narrated the story, I immediately said yes. Such films are made very rarely. When you are old and look back at your career, these are the films that will be the high point,” she said. Zed Plus hit theatres on November 28. Singh will be seen playing the wife of Adil’s character in the film. “My character Hameeda is very controlling, dominating, aggressive, rude...she is a typical village woman. I did not sport any makeup in the film and I am also three shades darker. I play a shoe seller and had to look the part,” Singh said.

The actress, who rose to fame by doing television, was last seen in daily soap Kya Huaa Tera Vaada, which ended in 2013. Since then, she has abstained from doing TV shows and she said she would prefer to be part of shows, which have seasons.

“I love acting. I will return to TV but it has to be good enough. Daily soaps get monotonous. I believe in seasons. It is starting here. It is a very good change as writers, producers, actors can come back fresh. It will take a while but it has started,” she said.

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