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Seal gets the deal



Jaya Seal.

THIS IS indeed a dilemma. Now that most of the tele-serials do not ever end if the ratings are in good health, what do the actors playing roles in them do? Nausheen Ali Sardar and Sakshi Tanwar would say, quit. Because that is what they have done in recent days. Not that they are the first ones to jump the gun, but since Nausheen as Kusum on Sony TV has made it to the big league and Saakshi as Parvati in "Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii" on Star Plus almost got immortalised in audience's minds, it is no less important news. And then, the Ekta Kapoor connection common in all of them!

Though it is not as serious a matter as the change of face of the first Mihir in another Balaji Telefilms' "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" on Star Plus, in Parvati's case, it is definitely an inch higher than that of Nausheen's replacement by Mansi Joshi in "Kkusum". Jaya Seal, the actress who has come in as replacement for Parvati, says, she is "well aware of the demands from her as Parvati."

"During this long course of acting, Saakshi gave the role of Parvati a certain mould, certain mannerisms and I know I have to follow them. But then, my acting is bound to be different from hers and so automatically, it will differ somewhere or the other," says this National School of Drama graduate. Though, she promises the audience, "the graph shall remain the same."

Realising that the transition won't be as easy as that of Nausheen's, Balaji Telefilms tampered with the flow by making Parvati go through an accident and thus the face change.

Visibly elated to grab the role, this trained actress from Assam, says the first thing she was asked by the production house was how good is her Hindi. "It is alright for a Marathi or a Gujarati actress to speak Hindi with a tilt towards their mother tongues, but why is it not okay for me to speak it with the accent of my mother tongue? It is the acting I should be gauged by," says the actress whose debut Hindi film was N. Chandra's "Excuse Me". But having done films in Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi and Telugu, this is her first role in a tele-serial. "Though, I did `Kalratna', an Assamese serial for regional Doordarshan some time back," says this professional Bihu dancer.

And, till the ratings come in, Jaya says, she is keeping her fingers crossed. Isn't Ekta also doing the same?

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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