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Many shades, same delight

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY speaks to actress Kirron Kher, now showing a negative streak 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 is blessed with 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 and most recently, the Pakistani dish-out Khamosh Pani, or comic ones as in Hum Tum, Kirron has a rich oeuvre to form a solid backdrop.

But playing negative roles, one can't reckon many that she has done so famously. And, that is why it sounds a `she too' type of reaction when you find her playing the role of Sunanda in the tele-serial Prratima on Sahara One.

"But I am looking at it as just another role. Also, it is the main role of the serial. 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 tale of a daughter-in-law selected by her father-in-law for his son to his wife's anger. And in terms of today's serials, it clearly becomes a saas-bahu tangle.

"Saas-bahu has been an age-old base for many powerful stories. But it is not that 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.

In ER too

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.

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