By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Television actress Sangeeta Ghosh, who is back on television after a self-imposed hiatus of 6 years, says the break did her a world of good.
“Yes, I took a long break. But it wasn’t because I got married. I took a break from television long before that. I just got tired of working day in and day out. I was missing out on my family life. Television is very exhausting.It’s also very difficult to get off that rollercoaster of round-the-clock shooting. But one fine day I just said enough was enough and I quit. And you know what? I am so glad I took that break. It helped me re-connect with all that is real and vital in my life. I also got a chance to be with my father in his last few years.”
Sangeeta is back with a serial entitled Kehta Hai Dil…Tu Jee Le Zara. She says she is not back because she got restless. “I didn’t get bored of staying away from acting. In fact I left because I was bored of seeing myself on television, although I must admit I didn’t do that many serials.Still I think I did more than enough.Now I am back because I want to work again. I feel I’ve something to offer as an actress.”
Sangeeta feels the TV industry has become more professional. “The scripts are more well knit, the characters are more believable and the competition is such that you can’t drag on a serial unless it is liked by the viewers.The shooting crew is so much larger than it used to be earlier. Everyone is doing a specialized job on the sets. Work gets done faster.”
Curiously, she never did any saas-bahu serials.
Sangeeta sighs, “I was fortunate to not allow myself to get saturated on television. It’s not as if I didn’t do any saas-bahu serials. It’s just that I escaped getting stagnant in any genre. I think I made the right choices.I concentrated on television for as long as I could.Then I gave movies a try. Unfortunately my films were shelved. But that’s okay. What has to happen in life must happen.”
She is kicked by the vastness of the television industry. “And I am very happy to be back with a serial that allows me to play my age and to do something that is real and connectable with life.I play this girl in her 30s who has been looking after her family at the cost of her personal life. But she enjoys doing what she is doing. She doesn’t miss a personal life,though her grandparents pressurize her to get married. Then she meets a slightly younger boy,played by Ruslaan Mumtaz, who is just her opposite. He is reckless,brash and a spoilt brat. It’s not a run of the mill romance.”
Sangeeta is fully into television again. “But who knows? Two years from now on I may take a break again. At the moment I love my work.”
Her husband is totally supportive of her renewed TV career. “This the first serial I am doing post-marriage. My husband and his family are very excited.”
Sangeeta says she can never do a reality show like Bigg Boss. “But hats off to those celebrities who can play their lives out on camera. I am too private a person.”