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Many shades of Kirron

Kirron Kher now dons a negative role as Sunanda in the tele soap Prratima on Sahara One



Kirron Kher as Sunanda in Prratima on Sahara One.

SHE HAS no hourglass figure, and yet, she turns heads. Because she is Kirron Kher. The versatile actress has oodles of talent that cuts both ways, be it a Sati-Savitri role or that of a vamp. For that matter, this Kher is like water. Takes the shape of the vessel (read role) that she is decanted into. Having done many powerful roles, be it in Sardari Begum, the National Award-winning Bariwali, Devdas, Darmiyan, Khamosh Pani or comic ones as in Hum Tum, Kirron has a rich oeuvre to form a solid backdrop.

Kirron hasn't done too many negative roles and that is why her role as Sunanda in the tele-serial Prratima on Sahara One surprises you.

"But I am looking at it as just another role. Also, it is the lead role . So, why refuse it? Besides, I am close to the producer's family," says Kirron. Produced by Raana Mukerji, better known as actress Rani Mukerji's brother, the serial also has Raana's wife Jyoti playing the title role of Prratima.

Based on Tara Shankar Bandopadhay's novel Protima, it is the story of a daughter-in-law chosen by the father-in-law, much against his wife's wishes. And it clearly becomes a saas-bahu tangle.

"Saas-bahu has been an age-old base for many powerful stories. But it is not those typical ones which we get to see on TV generally," she comments. Though theatre has been her backbone, the limelight fell on her soon after she featured on television some years ago. The last we saw of her on the tube before Prratima was on Zee TV's Dil Na Jaane Kyon but the first one that got her into focus and widely noticed was as the host of the talk show on Zee TV Purush Kshetra.

"It did work well. We discussed many issues not generally discussed in a patriarchal society," she says. Even on television, she has quite an opus by now in terms of good work, be it in Isi Bahane, Jaagte Raho, Chausath Panne and Kiron Kher Today.

Beyond borders

Crossing continents, she even featured last October in the well-known English TV medical saga ER written by famous writer Michael Crichton.

"TV serials actually give you good money. Also, the producers are ready to adjust my timings with my film shoots. So, it makes things easier," Kirron says in that familiar husky tone with that big, broad grin intact. The flowing wide-bordered sari, the full-size bindi, the open Rapunzel hair giving company. As always.

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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