Talking point with vandana pathak

The actor talks about her comeback and her love for comedy

You are back on television after a long break. Where were you all these years?
I was busy doing theatre. I went to the US for sometime and whatever free time I had, I spent it with kids. Also, I wasn't getting any great roles— they were either cameos or the money was too little.

So what made you take up Main Kab Saas Banoongi?
I was narrated the role and it sounded pretty interesting. Moreover, it belonged to my favourite comedy genre. In the serial, I play the daughter-in-law, Sheela, who has just one thing on her mind - to become the mother-in-law and boss over her daughter-in-law. It is a clean comedy which I really enjoy.

How is it sharing screen space with Bharti Achrekar (of Wagle Ki Duniya fame)?
I met her for the first time on the sets of Main Kab but it has been a learning experience. It is always great to be working with someone who has been doing television and theatre for long. And Bharti is an institution and simply sharing screen space with her motivates you. Since she is from a theatre background, she is very careful about every line she mouths. The best part about her is that she is open to suggestions even after years of experience.

From Hum Paanch and Khichdi to Main Kab, how much have you evolved as an actor?
I don't get excited reading each and very script. I have realised that patience is a virtue. What has really helped me is my association with actors and directors such as Aatish Kapadia, Ashok Saraf and now with Tiku Talsania. They taught me to think like the character and not an actor.

Amongst these, which one has been your favourite?
The role of Meenakshi in Hum Paanch, gave me a lot of recognition and popularity. This role will always remain very dear to me. But with Khichdi I got a different platform to perform, which evolved me into a different actor.

Are you looking at only comedies?
Not at all. If I get meaty roles, I will grab them with both hands. For the time being, I am happy doing one serial at a time.

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