Simone Singh on making a comeback to the small screen and her experiments
Last Tuesday saw television and movie actor Simone Singh back on the small screen, playing a mother in the serial, Ek Hasina Thi. Paired with her co-star from Kasshish, Ayub Khan, Singh says she is thrilled to be back on television after a nine-year sabbatical. The reason she took a break was because she “found shooting back-to-back really time consuming. I was finding it hard to strike a work-life balance. Now things are more organised and it allows me to give time to my family.” Singh was last seen in 99, a movie based on cricket.
Playing a mother
“I am thrilled to be working with Ayub again as we both share a comfortable chemistry,” she says. Playing Sakshi Geonka, a Kolkata-based business woman, Singh found this project interesting. “It is a thriller, which is nice. And my character has shades of grey. She is a very strong character and that’s what attracted me to it,” she says.In the series, Singh also plays a doting mother to actor Vatsal Seth. “There were no apprehensions about playing a mother as I was drawn to the role. Sakshi will do anything to safeguard her family and her softer side is visible when her family is under threat,” she says.
Singh adds that she didn’t look at it as playing the role of somebody’s mother. Rather, she looked at it as a challenge, as the character has several layers and exudes a “mystic aura.” The story revolves around Durga (Sanjeeda Sheikh) who wants to seek justice for a crime comitted in the past and, at vital points, she and Sakshi clash. So what changes does she find on television? “There is a lot of variety out there today. There are thrillers, action and comedy apart from the usual saas-bahu soaps,” Singh says. Her favouriteshows are The Good Wife and The Big Bang Theory, “because of Sheldon Cooper,” she says.
— Sumitra Nair