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Chandramukhi’s Case Files

After seven years and 1,000 episodes,the show is still going strong.

Written by Jaskiran Kapoor |
September 21, 2013 12:48:01 am

After seven years and 1,000 episodes,the show is still going strong. When it comes to comedy,Sab TV’s FIR is one of those offbeat shows whose leading lady has given the daily drama queens a run for their money. A household name,Inspector Chandramukhi Chautala of Imam Chowki has now become actor Kavita Kaushik’s alter ego. “And I’m going to play her till I am hot,young and sexy,” says Kaushik.

In Chandigarh along with the show’s new entrant Vipul Roy (as Senior Inspector Bhola Pandit) and Gopi Bhalla,who plays Gopi,Kaushik says she isn’t trapped in a stereotype. “On the contrary,I’ve played multiple characters in FIR while solving a case. In any other daily soap,even if I’m the lead,I’ll be given this monotone character that will stretch on. After Tulsi or Parvati,people may not remember all the soap stars,but they will always remember Chandramukhi Chautala,” says Kaushik,adding how when she stepped in the industry — being a tall,good-looking Delhi girl — she was offered only glamourously negative roles.

When FIR came her way,she said yes,for being an ex-cop’s daughter,playing Chandramukhi Chautala came naturally to her. “My father,Dinesh Chandra Kaushik,was in the CRPF,and he is the male version of Chandramukhi. I’m inspired by him and wove in his mannerisms in the character — the way he walks,talks,and is fair to people,” says the actor.

In the meantime,she is also set for her Hindi film debut in Lollypop Since 1947. A political comedy about a lower middle-class couple,the film is being directed by Kaushik’s friend,Anirudh Chautala (politician Devi Lal Chautala’s grandson),and was earlier called Democracy Pvt Ltd. Kaushik plays a Punjabi wife who runs a small restaurant and is married to a salesman,played by Deepak Dobriyal. How their life changes when Dobriyal decides to venture into politics to change the system is the story.

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