ROLE MATTERS Mouli Ganguly
Ask Mouli Ganguly anything and the bubbly actress will first break into a giggle. She even goes to the extent of saying that her fickle mind brought her to Mumbai. A science graduate from Kolkata, Mouli came to Mumbai to study hotel management but left it in the middle. Then she enrolled for a mass communication course, but left that too.
"Like most beginners in Mumbai, I too started with modelling assignments," says the smiling TV actress, most remembered by viewers as Shaina Sikand. Mouli says endorsing products brought her limelight but the final lift she was waiting for came from the house of Balaji Telefilms, which featured her in the popular Star Plus soap, Kahin Kissi Roz...as Shaina. And then followed a volley of roles in serials like Kutumb, Kkusum, Sakshi and Sarrkkar. She even reaped a few compliments for her short but convincing role in Rituparno Ghosh's Hindi movie, Raincoat.
Come next Monday, Mouli will be seen in yet another serial called Resham Dankh, this time playing a comic role.
In New Delhi to promote the Star One serial, Mouli talks about her role, "I am playing the role of Divya Balraaj opposite Raahil Azam (Aditya Balraaj). Since the offer was from the makers of successful comedy serials like Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai and Instant Khichdi, I took it up. I am really happy at getting a chance to do a comic role. I had done enough serious and grey roles in TV serials." No longer particular about the length of a role in a serial, she says, "I am now more script-driven."
A firm believer in faith and willpower, success for Mouli means being happy and doing the right kind of work that gives satisfaction. "I love to read books, especially non-fiction, but there is hardly any time," she says, adding with a laugh, "When I am not shooting I prefer to sleep."
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