most famous tomboy of the small screen will now be seen very lady-like and demure.
Bhairavi Raichuria, who immortalised the character of tomboy Kaajal in Hum
Paanch, will be seen in a never before avatar. Gone are the shirt, jeans and
cap; theyíve made way for a traditional Rajasthani attire. Bhairavi will soon
be playing a Rajasthani woman in Sphere Originsí Balika Vadhu Ė Kacchi
Umar ke Pakke Rishte on Colors.
up with the actress for a brief chat. Excerpts:
you talk on your character in Balika Vadhu?
aware itís a tale on child marriage. I play Bhagwati, mother to the eight year
old bride Anandi. Bhagwati isnít a bad mother; she herself was married at the
age of 6. This is the first time that Iím playing a complete illiterate and a
conservative woman from the remote areas of Rajasthan.
was your first reaction when you were offered this role?
a serial, I found it very interesting. Obviously, child marriage is a sin but
itís still a reality in the rural areas. However, that doesnít mean our show is
justifying child marriage. Eventually, weíll be spreading the message against
Did you draw inspiration from child marriages
Well, we never got to see a child marriage but
I have learned a lot by observing the females in rural Rajasthan. I spoke in the
typical rural Marwari accent. Besides, I had to put on a veil at most times. In
fact, it became habitual and the moment my co-actors saw me they joked that Bhairavi
will now cover her face.
As an urbanite, wasnít it tough
to shoot in a remote area?
Initially, it was a bit difficult
as youíre living in alien conditions. There was no mode of entertainment. However,
with time we learned to deal it. Nevertheless, it was great fun to interact with
People still remember you as the rowdy Kaajal
of Hum Paanch. Will Balika.. help you gain a new identity?
Iíve been asked this question time and again but I think thereís more to
me than just Kaajal. At the same time itís pleasing that people still remember
you now. Kaajal was such a strong character. But Iíve also played other strong
roles in Astitva, Hasratein. I donít how many people remember that.
With so many reality shows around, why donít we Bhairavi in
Well, no one has invited me as yet. Iím very keen on a
doing an adventure show ala Fear Factor
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on 12 July 2008 1:00 pm