Salim who is popularly known as Leela of Ba Bahu Aur Baby has talent in
her genes. The daughter of famous script writer Javed Siddiqui Lubna says acting
is her passion. The actress has proved her talent with both her current running
shows on TV, Ba Bahu Aur Baby and Ek Packet Umeed.
talks about her life and career in a straight chat with Tellychakkar.
did you enjoy more, Ba Bahu Aur Baby or Ek Packet Umeed?
speaking, I enjoy playing the character of Paroma in Ek Packet Umeed more
because I have been doing Ba Bahu Aur Baby since quite sometime now whereas
Ek Packet Umeed is a new show. My role in Ek Packet Umeed is wonderful.
I love playing it because it is challenging and I am an actress who is thirsty
for challenges. It has grey shades to it. The character is hardly positive and
it is not negative at all. I pay hats off to Aatish Kapadia for scripting such
a real character with a lot of conviction and that too in the existing trends
of TV industry. These days characters in serials are so dramatic.
writing never an option?
I was always interested in acting. I knew from
the beginning that I am very good at acting. I started acting in theatre from
a very early age. Script writing did not interest me much. My parents were also
very supportive and thrilled about my love for acting. I have three siblings and
all of us have chosen to work in different directions but in the same field. We
canít think of something out of the entertainment industry. All of us are each
otherís best critics and we keep each other grounded and growing with our criticism.
What went wrong with your filmy career?
I was only sixteen
when I debuted in Bollywood. Being a film actress requires a lot of other things
besides acting talent. There you are not just an actor but a product. You should
be ready to do publicity for yourself, show skin and do intimate scenes. The kind
of culture I come from, I didnít have a bent for it. This was the scenario at
that time. Currently, great films are being made in Bollywood and such requirements
are not there. Of course it does not apply to all the film makers and actors but
quality of films has improved and this is the right time for people to enter the
What is the equation that you share with your
I am more close to my father than my mother. He treats me like
a little kid in spite of me being a grown up and a woman of my own. He has always
been my best friend. My father and my husband are my strongest support.
Who is your closest friend among the actors?
is one of my closest friends from Ba Bahu Aur Baby. I have many close friends
from this show. As far as Ek Packet Umeed is concerned, I donít hang around
on its set a lot as I donít get time but I gel very well with them. When I go
on the sets, I visit everyoneís make up room and chat with them. With Rupali Ganguly,
there is lot of gossip and masti. There is a gamut of different age groups in
this show. So you can interact on different topics with every one and also the
show appears to be interesting because of this.
You have been
producing plays in theatre. Any thought of producing a show on television?
I am planning to produce a show on TV. My husband wants me to wait for a while
so that he can help me with it. Now he is too busy with his own work.
With so much on your plate, do you get time for your husband and kids?
am able to balance both work and family but my family does suffer at times. It
is very necessary for a woman to be around in the house. It makes your kids and
husbandís life easy. Thankfully I have a wonderful hubby who never complains and
supports me tremendously. I have two children and they are extremely understanding.
Being away from family for work is a big sacrifice for a woman.
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on 22 May 2008 5:20pm