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 a�?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.a�? Singh was last seen in 99, a movie based on cricket.
Playing a mother
a�?I am thrilled to be working with Ayub again as we both share a comfortable chemistry,a�? she says. Playing Sakshi Geonka, a Kolkata-based business woman, Singh found this project interesting. a�?It is a thriller, which is nice. And my character has shades of grey. She is a very strong character and thata��s what attracted me to it,a�? she says.In the series, Singh also plays a doting mother to actor Vatsal Seth. a�?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,a�? she says.
Singh adds that she didna��t look at it as playing the role of somebodya��s mother. Rather, she looked at it as a challenge, as the character has several layers and exudes a a�?mystic aura.a�? 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? a�?There is a lot of variety out there today. There are thrillers, action and comedy apart from the usual saas-bahu soaps,a�? Singh says. Her favouriteshows are The Good Wife and The Big Bang Theory, a�?because of Sheldon Cooper,a�? she says.
a�� Sumitra Nair