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‘Balaji is like family now’
Reshmi Ghosh. Picture by Pabitra Das

Reshmi Ghosh, the snobbish Bhoomi in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, bares her heart on how a failed film career propelled her to television

Why television? Weren’t you trying for films earlier?

After I won Miss India in 2002, I started getting film offers, including a decent film opposite Milind Soman. I was happy and signed those films. Unfortunately, none of the films I signed got released. That was a setback. And you know how it is to live in Mumbai without money. But I never packed my bags and said, “He Bhagwaan kya ho gaya! Mujhe toh ab wapas jaana hai.” One day, I decided that if any of my films did not release by the end of the year, I would step into television. Now, I’m in Balaji; and I’m happy. My producer Ektaa Kapoor is loving my work and that’s the reason she is giving me such important roles in all the serials. I am also doing Kahe Naa Kahe.

So you have given up your Bollywood dream?

I hope at least one of my films will be released. All the films that I have done are really nice. Incidentally, I am still getting offers from both Bengali and Hindi films. Only now there is a “but”. The things that the film world did not give me, Ektaa gave me. My respect for her is first priority. Balaji is like my family now. If I get a good role to play in a film, I’m sure Ektaa will allow me.

Are you disappointed that you could not make a career in Bollywood?

It was very disappointing. I’m very hard working and gave my best. I’m not saying I was fantastic but I have improved from what I was. I love my profession and that has helped me to be where I am today.

The moment you do not play a docile character, you get tagged as a vamp.

In all my films, I have always played a docile character. But Bhoomi has all the shades an artiste can wish to portray — she is docile with her parents, but has an attitude towards others.

In a serial like Kyunki with so many established characters, how did you create your own identity?

I was very scared. I was entering television after none of my films got released. Ektaa made it clear to me from the very beginning that my character would not lift her eyebrows and talk in a typical manner. After my third or fourth meeting with Ektaa I got the hang of it — ke Bhoomi hai kya... I have worked a lot on it and I love it when people talk about my eye expressions and the way I act.

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