Actress Soni Razdan plays Rajmata Rajeshwari Singh in “Love Ka Hai Intezaar,” which premieres on Star Plus May 15.
Q: You have returned to the small screen after a gap of 11 years with "Love Ka Hai Intezaar.” What urged you to be a part of this show?
A: I have been around, did astint in a TV show in 2008. Yes, I am coming to a daily soap to essay a character like this after more than a decade. The script pulled me towards the show and also the character.
Q: What can you tell us about your role?
A: It’s very different from what I have done before. I play a Rajmata in a very contemporary set up. The good part about her is that she is progressive yet holds a firm ground when it comes to traditional family values. It is a very positive and inspiring character, which we will get to see on television.
At this point in life I'm just going with the flow. Sometimes it's just refreshing to do things that you normally don't do. To challenge yourself. To change the air around you. So that's what I'm doing right now. Not overthinking anything. Not deciding and planning. Just flowing.
Q: You have been doing films but why have you kept yourself away from television for so long?
A: Daily soaps are just not my scene. And it's really hard for me to do things that I don't believe in. The fare on TV was a world that I'm not familiar with. It's totally alien to me and I couldn't really imagine myself doing a role that has no depth. So hence I stayed away till this came along as it looked interesting.
Q: Indian television has witnessed a big transformation in recent years. Do you feel that TV shows now portray more realistic and diverse storylines?
A: Well, I think there is an attempt to do that. I hope so anyways. It's high time. But we need more of it. We need to take more risks and think more out of the box. Once an audience has choices they will also watch more TV. I think the TRP game has messed up our TV shows more than anything else!
Q: Do you see any change in the ideologies of TV shows made today as compared to previous times?
A: Oh yes. Well, isn't that obvious? We have regressed so much. What happened to aspirational TV shows, or intelligent shows. So few out there! Today films are moving ahead with new ideas. TV shows have gotten stuck in a bit of a rut. Earlier it was the opposite. Today in the West, the best writing is happening on TV. Let's see what happens here now. I believe everything does come a full circle.
Q: You have a big family to look after off screen. How do you manage your time for "Love Ka Hai Intezaar" as doing a TV show consumes a lot of time?
A: Yes, that's true. So far, it's very hectic but it will settle down, I'm sure. Haven't seen my family for ages!
Q: How has been your shooting experience been with Keith and Sanjeeda?
A: Absolutely wonderful. Love them to bits and pieces. We have all gelled and are really enjoying being together. It's honestly such a nice feeling!