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After Koel Mullick, here comes another Durga on the small screen...

Soumili Biswas will be the goddess battling demons on ETV Bangla on Mahalaya morning. The two-hour-long Durge Durgatinashini will be aired at 5am on October 10. “I was given only 10 days to pick up the dance steps and start shooting.... I am very passionate about dance. I trained in Bharatanatyam under Thankamani Kutty and I am still learning creative dance from Mamata Shankar,” says Soumili.

Soumili is not afraid of a TRP tussle...

With Koel, who will be seen performing Mahishasurmardini on Zee Bangla — same day, same time. “Koel has a huge fan following and since she is a few years younger to me I love her a lot. This is not a competition and it doesn’t bother me. People are aware of my dancing skills after watching me on the reality show Ritur Mela Jhoom Tara Ra Ra. I’ve worked really hard for the audience to appreciate my performance as Durga,” says Soumili, who shot to fame as the anchor of the Tara Bangla show Syllabusey Nei a few years ago.

She’s also busy on the small screen as a gutsy reporter...

In the ETV mega serial Uttarayan. “The role is very challenging and I am happy that I got to share screen space with Soumitra Chatterjee. I play his granddaughter.”

But the big screen is playing hide-and-seek for some time...

Smriti Shudhu Bedona, the film for which she shot almost a year ago, is yet to release. “The film is about reincarnation and was directed by Jayanta Basu. We finished shooting last December but I have no clue why it isn’t releasing,” says Soumili. Her big-screen debut happened in Haranath Chakraborty’s Sangram.

A change of image is what Soumili is now looking forward to...

“I want to shed my good girl image and play a negative character.”

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