‘Tele­vi­sion shows more cre­ative now’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - An­juri Na­yar Singh

She be­gan her tele­vi­sion ca­reer with the fam­ily sit­com Dekh Bhai Dekh in 1993, and went on to make a per­ma­nent place in the hearts of TV au­di­ences with her bubbly char­ac­ter, Sweety Mathur, in Hum Paanch. Ac­tor Rakhi Vi­jan (above) says a lot has changed in the in­dus­try since then.

“Eco­nom­i­cally, it has be­come bet­ter. Ear­lier, it was only about fash­ion and a few iconic, sym­bolic shows. The work­ing pat­tern, too, has be­come more pro­fes­sional, and the cre­ativ­ity quo­tient has gone up, but so has the com­pe­ti­tion. In 1997, we used to de­liver one episode a week. Now, you have to de­liver an episode ev­ery day,” says Rakhi, who’s part of a daily soap on TV.

From a comic char­ac­ter to one with grey shades, the ac­tor has ex­per­i­mented with roles, but Sweety re­mains close to her heart. “It was my favourite! I loved play­ing Sweety be­cause the char­ac­ter had a lot of vari­a­tion. A char­ac­ter with low IQ is tough to play. There is a thin line be­tween be­ing funny and ir­ri­tat­ing oth­ers. It was a chal­lenge and I thought I did well... I loved my other show, Heena, too, where I did a neg­a­tive role. It was a first for me, and I en­joyed it,” says Rakhi.

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