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Aboard a new 'Kashti'

BHAGYASHREE, THE actress known for her debut performance in the Hindi blockbuster, "Maine Pyar Kiya", and seen in small screen serials like `Kachi Dhoop', is all set to feature in Sahara TV tele-soap named, "Kagaz ki Kashti". No, not without her hubby, Himalay Dassani by her side. In fact, it is Himalay's baby. To be beamed from November 4 at 10 p.m. the serial will be on from Monday to Friday.

An ardent fan of yesteryear actresses like the legendary Madhubala, the irresistible Meena Kumari, charming Rakhee and Nargis, for marvellously executing the motherhood part on the marquee, the actress will also be soon seen in the film, "Ma Santoshi Ma".

Says Bhagyashree -- who was in Delhi for the promotion of Himalay's serial this past week -- "Ma Santoshi Ma" will be released in February next year. "It is not a mythological but sociological flick. It is on Indian values and marital discord", says the actress. Actors Naveen Nischal and Alok Nath are also in the movie.

Elaborating on her roles in Southern movies, she adds, " I have done powerful women-oriented roles in Southern films. In one flick I played the part of a journalist, who unravels why criminals take to crime. I am against dowry and atrocities committed against womenfolk. Then there is a Kannadiga film, "Aamaryganda".

After the tumultuous success of "MPK", Bhagyashree didn't want to move away from the archetypal traditional womanhood roles. She stuck to her guns and refused to accept roles in which she had to do raunchy number. No director was ready to accept her on account of her reservations in doing certain scenes.

Even today, the actress says, her first priority is family. At the pinnacle of her career after the release of "MPK", which instantly brought her to the living room of every middle class household, she refused to give too many dates to any director. One queries her as to what were the reasons. Remaining her cool, calm and composed state, she says, "I couldn't give more than 18 days in a month's time as I am very close to my family. I was completely uncomfortable wearing scanty dresses and the glamour of Bollywood wasn't much to my liking. I didn't want the production cost to increase by refusing the director not to do a scene in which I had to shed off my inhibitions."

She claims to belong to the royal family of Sanghli. "It is a major sugar belt in Mahrashtra but I was born and brought up in Mumbai," she says with a warm smile.

On the current generation, she finds Karishma and Kajol as best of the lot. She may be reticent and docile and passes no attention to some journalists making remarks about her fall from stardom but she is sporting enough to encourage the new breed of actors.

MADHUR TANKHA

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