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She’s still ‘living a dream’
Smriti Irani

The Gujarat polls were then knocking on the doors and all day she was busy with political meetings. The next morning she was on the floors by 7.30am after taking an early morning flight back to Mumbai from Vadodara. t2 catches up with a severely multi-tasking Smriti Irani in between takes

How seriously do you take your political career?

That is evident from the time I am giving to politics. I started out as vice-president of the BJP’s youth wing in Maharashtra. Now I am on my third term as a member of the national executive as well as the secretary of the BJP in Maharashtra.

Acting, production house, political career, family… how are you managing?

Once your priorities are right and you have a good team, it is possible. My greatest boost is family support.

Why did you take on an outside production like Teen Bahuraaniyaan on Zee TV?

I wanted to break the myth that Smriti Irani would now work only for her own company. I am exploring avenues as an actress.

What kind of a role is Paresh Rawal production offering you?

I play a woman with a legal background. In regressive serials, working women are projected as negative characters. Vrinda mausi, my character, would break that myth.

After years of being the bahu in the original saas-bahu saga, are you the best person to stand up for the bahu?

In the saas-bahu world, there is a need for such a mausi. She will be there to dole out advice to tide over the miscommunication that arises out of a generation gap.

Signing Vinod Khanna for your home production Mere Apne was surely a casting coup?

Yes, I was tense about whether he would agree. But Vinodji was very gracious. Our serials got eight nominations at the Indian Television Awards of which we won five, including best cast. That reiterates my faith in my casting.

Ektaa Kapoor says her biggest problem as producer is actor problems. Your comment?

I cannot comment on what problems Ms Kapoor faces. In my production house, there are no hiccups.

Finally, how does it feel leading Smriti Irani’s life?

Extremely hectic. I had hired an assistant. Within seven days she collapsed (laughs). But I am living a dream!

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