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Return of the native



IN JASSI'S COMPANY...Sandhya Mridul.

RETURN TO the roots. After a hiatus of two years. Sandhya Mridul, the short-haired actress with the unconventional looks for a Bollywood heroine spotted in the comedy, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, is returning to where she began - teleserial. Come June 3, she will present herself as Yana from Singapore, in Mumbai to do business with Armaan's fashion house Gulmohar in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin on Sony TV. Stepping into TV screen through the popular serial Banegi Aapni Baat on Zee TV, for Sandhya, it is also return to the same team led by Tony and Diya Singh who now directs Jassi...

"Primarily, that is the reason for me to return to television. But then, the role of Yana also attracted me. She is a business tycoon, at times lively, at times clever, at times a bimbo. She is amused at the way Jassi dresses up; she likes Nandu' stories and interestingly, Armaan finds her interesting," Sandhya says. "And, yes, she is not a grey character," stresses the actress, who has just completed shooting in Singapore along with Jassi and Armaan.

Noticed quite a bit last year, be it in South Africa as one of Set Max's faces for the World Cup Cricket or as a firebrand cop in Shashank Ghosh's Waisa Bhi... opposite Arshad Warsi, Sandhya, in year 2004, is no less busy. She says though Madhur Bhandarkar's Page 3 which features her, is almost complete and ready for release this June-July, the sudden death of one of the key characters of the film has led to an indefinite delay. Another film she is working for is Thirteenth Flaw, a Hinglish production by one of the popular faces of Channel V some years back, Luke Keny. And then comes to her lap the role of Yana, bringing her straightaway to our home.

"I am not looking for money actually. I am still in the process of discovering myself. I am trying out all other possible media," she says, somewhat restless, you sense as she adds, "And, if I get good ads, I am game for it too."

Hailing from "a family of lawyers and judges" (her brother is working for an advertising firm in Delhi), this non-resident Delhiite says she is the only one to venture into the field of grease and paint, and if this management graduate had not opted for it, she could very well be "chasing the law of the land." Happy indeed to have changed her image of "a sister or a sister-in-law" on television finally, thanks to her deliberate short haired look, this hardcore admirer of Waheeda Rahman says, though featuring in a daily teleserial means working long hours most days, yet she looks forward to an occasional holiday to catch up on movies.

"And, if it rains, then I love running in it," she adds. Who know, in Jassi... , she mind end up doing that too.

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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