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The other Chandramukhi


SHRUTI ULFAT cloaks her preference for comic roles in a rather appealing manner: "I prefer to do happy roles than sad ones on TV." Flipping the word `happy' for `comic' as per her requisites, she stresses it a tad more, "Finally, after a long day's work, I want to get good sleep."

Though she started "doing all types of roles" on the small screen, this "theatre first" actress now is seen only in two roles: One as Anjali in Hum 2hain Na on Star Plus and as Jhumpa De in Aao Behen Chugli Karen on Sahara Manoranjan.

"Anjali is a warm, emotional woman who has a family to look after. But she is not the crying type and takes life on a positive note. So, she suits my interest. But acting as Jhumpa, I am having a blast," says this Mumbaiite. Because, Jhumpa is a hilarious character in the comedy serial, cut out "though not so directly, on Shobha De". She is a columnist, a Bengali, lives in an upmarket Mumbai apartment, definitely one of the beautiful women of her ladies' club, somebody who invariably grabs men's attention.

As Chandramukhi

And next in line on her career graph is something big. On the big screen. It is the film Bevradas, a Sahara Parivaar production. A spoof on the Shah Rukh-Aishwarya-Madhuri starrer hit film Devdas released last year. "I am enacting the role of Chandramukhi in it. Jonhny Lever is Devdas and TV actress Tanaaz Currim is Paro. It would be an out and out audience delight," promises Shruti. Almost a take-to-take spoof, it even has the same songs, albeit on a funny note.

"For instance, the song, `Maar Dala' on Devdas, will be in Bevradas as `Phar Dala'. All the dialogues are meant to be funny and with Johnny bhai there, I don't need to say more," she says. It will be released by the year end.

Working "only for 15 to 20 days in a month," Shruti keeps the rest of her days for theatre. "Along with my husband Alok Ulfat, we are trying to revive Nautanki through this drama company, Avikal Theatre. Having visited Delhi with a play to stage in theBharat Rang Mahotsav, in April this year, Shruti says, their company travels down to small towns with Nautanki plays. They follow the original form of Nautanki, where actors sit in the audience and come up to the stage to act their parts. Even this Tuesday and Wednesday, she shall be busy on stage, performing in the comic play, "Dulari Dhamal".

Counting some of her forthcoming films, she says, "I am acting in Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya and Kuch Dil, Kuch Pal." Shruti's hands seem full for the moment. "Yet the last thing, I do is paste a smile on my face," she says. Does she need to?

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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