I was born in Orissa but originally a Bengali then I shifted to Delhi and hitched to a Punjabi so I feel I am part of all cultures.
I am a trained classical Odissi dancer and have travelled internationally for my performances.
I met my husband Kiran Bhatia during my first play and after dating each other for some time we got married. He was the one who encouraged me to be more active on the theatre circuit.
During that time I got an opportunity to get trained for four years under guidance of Mr Ebrahim Alkazi a renowned theatre director and drama teacher.
My family has been the strongest pillars in my career. It was Because of their love and support that got me through four years in my theatre school days.
In year 1997 I made my acting debut with Balaji Telefilms Itihaas and since then there was no looking back.
To answer your question about motherhood, me and my husband discussed kids but barely, neither of us was passionately for or against, but we agreed that we didn’t wanted to have one.
People kept telling me ‘Baccha karlo, kab karogey, Bacchey ke bina aapko khali khali nahi lagta?
I had to face all of this but somewhere I believe People give birth to another life ye sochke ke hamare buddhape ka sahara kaun banega and 99% people have children because of social pressure. But you cannot be dependent on a third life which has not come to life to decide your happiness. I am very clear; I want to lead my life myself. ‘Mein kisiko apney buddhape ki latthi nahi banana chahti’.
I have never doubted my choices, though other people do all the time!
I am a workaholic, mujhe kaam mein hi sukoon milta hai and I feel very fortunate to be part of highly successful shows like Kutumb, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi, Kasauti Zindagi Ki and many more.
Apart from being adored by telly audiences, I have also acted in plays like blame it on Yashraj, Mad about Money and Mahatma Vs Gandhi
My acting amassed numerous acclodes and I was immensely praised for my role as Nirmala Bhradwaj – ‘Mataji’ In Sasural Simar Ka
I would like to tell people-‘Follow your passion with courage and be prepared for hardwork which will lead you to success.”
(Interviewed and written by Raavya Sarda)