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Her current avatar as the human link between the paranormal and the living world in Anhoniyo ka Andhera is a rather muted one when compared to the glamourous Anjali that Anita Hassnandani played in Kkavyanjali,a show which made the actress a household name.

Written by Somya Lakhani |
February 28, 2011 12:52:35 am

After a spat with mentor Ekta Kapoor allegedly undid her career four years ago,Anita Hassnandani is back on television

Her current avatar as the human link between the paranormal and the living world in Anhoniyo ka Andhera is a rather muted one when compared to the glamourous Anjali that Anita Hassnandani played in Kkavyanjali,a show which made the actress a household name. However,that does not diffuse the excitement that the 30-year-old feels at being back on the small screen after four years. “I have waited a long time for an exciting role and now that I have it,I’m very excited,” she says.

Last seen in 2008,Hassnandani’s personal and professional life has come a full circle — from being a struggling actress to becoming Balaji Telefilms’ blue-eyed girl in Kabhi Sautan,Kabhi Saheli and Kkavyanjali and back to anonymity after a career that lasted merely seven years. It was for everyone to see that her rise could be attributed to the then-TV czarina Ekta Kapoor having taken her under her wing. And it’s said that an alleged spat with Kapoor in 2008 also put an end to her aspirations. “All these are just rumours,” says Hassnandani,“Ekta and Shobha Aunty will always be family.”

The actress,however,does not deny that she changed her name to Natassha in 2003 on her mentor’s insistence before being cast as the female lead in Balaji Motion Picture’s film Kuchh Toh Hai opposite Tusshar Kapoor. “I have never believed in astrology or numerology. Ekta and Shobha Aunty thought it was okay,so…” she pauses before adding,“I would react after five minutes if someone called me Natassha. I was never comfortable with a new name.” In 2005,she changed her name back to Anita.

The change in her name didn’t alter the downhill path her career and,though she disappeared from the mainstream,Hassnandani was seen fighting her fears on Khatron Ki Khiladi’s first season and then in a relatively lesser-known dance reality show on

Colors,Dancing Queen. And,as other names replaced her on the small screen,she busied herself with cooking,travelling and learning salsa.

Many question the long gap but she has a ready answer. “I was looking for a different and unique role. I got bored of the usual saas-bahu characters and needed something more meaty,” she says with practised ease.

Talking about her return on television,she says that it’s the reputation that Vikram Bhatt — the producer of Anhoniyo Ka Andhera on Colors —enjoys which made her agree to do the show. “He has directed and produced many successful horror films; it can’t get better than this. I play Anahita,who sees and interacts with ghosts to help people deal with them,” she adds.

She claims the industry has welcomed her back with open arms though she has no other project in hand as yet. But Hassnandani is glad to just find her base back on television.

“Television requires a lot of commitment and I want to concentrate on this show. I will work with Ekta again,sometime in the near future,” she adds quickly,“I have worked very hard on this show. I just hope people will like it.” She is aware it is time to be judged all over again.

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