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Gurdip Kohli impresses as Dr Juhi in `Sanjeevani - A Medical Boon'


LONG AFTER Gurdip Kohli closes her conversation with you, the aftertaste lingers. Soft-spoken with a dash of nasal intonation, , dignified expressions, poised actions and above all, that cherubic beam would floor the most-hardened heart.

She is like a whiff of fresh air that you wish to breathe in..

Not that she is any different in her solitary small screen role in Sanjeevani - A Medical Boon. Dr. Juhi of this Star Plus prime-time rollout is an innocent, captivating small-town girl blessed with a heart of gold and an angelic smile.

A heartbreaker and most times heartbroken herself, a wronged persona Juhi has all the viewer sympathy for herself.

And, bridging this gap between the real and reel self, this 23-year-old Mumbaikar finds a correlation: "Personally, I am a sensitive person and Juhi's characterisation as receptive and responsive to her surroundings brings us to the same platform. And, like her, I am a family person. I could make Juhi look real."

Perhaps here lies the answer to her mass public acceptance in this role rather than her modelling assignments - she has done 60 before joining Sanjeevani.

Though not formally trained in acting, Gurdipsays she always used to imitate people at home. "While doing a serial, you are acting almost everyday and that helps you improve your skills," she says. Unlike many tele-actors, she insists on her "own private time" and so is not interested in featuring in more than one soap at a time. "If you overstretch yourself there is no fun in it. At least you should have some time to wait and think too".

But this lone telly performance has given her all that an actor normally looks around for. Besides viewers' attention, it seemed to have also grabbed the notice of filmmakers.

"I have been getting good film offers from respected banners. But I am not in a hurry to jump into films. I want to give it some thought," this one-time graphic designer states.

With many instances in front of you, you almost believe that it has to be the obvious trend. But, looking at this poise incarnate, you can pardon her even for a greater slip.

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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