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TALKING POINT with Anjorie Alagh

I haven’t switched to television — I’m doing Seeta aur Geeta only because I found this a very unique and novel concept,and I won’t be doing other shows.

Written by DIPTI NAGPAUL D’SOUZA |
May 11, 2009 2:46:31 am

The 1920 actress steps into the Dreamgirl’s shoes in the television adaptation of Seeta aur Geeta

What made you switch to television?
I haven’t switched to television — I’m doing Seeta aur Geeta only because I found this a very unique and novel concept,and I won’t be doing other shows. In fact,I wouldn’t have ever explored this medium if it were a regular show. But this show treads the thin line between television and cinema and is a remake of a blockbuster that pretty much made Hemaji (Malini) what she is. It was a fantastic opportunity.

But isn’t this too early in your film career for you to experiment?
There’s no fixed formula for establishing one’s credentials or working anymore. The line between the two media is very thin now and many established actors explore television too. I’m here to do what I enjoy and Seeta aur Geeta seemed like a project I would enjoy doing.

Is the mass appeal of television also a draw?
Indeed one can’t ignore the factor. If you do your job well,television can make you a household name; people consider you a part of their family.

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How close an adaptation is it to the film?
While the story has been adapted to stay true to the original,there are changes that the writers have made to help the present generation identify with the characters. The original was made in the 1980s and the world has since moved on. The show is considerate towards this fact and accommodates the present day scenario.

Also,television allows a writer more time to work on the story and they can hence take creative liberties. Take for example,the sweet love story between Sanjeev Kumar and Hemaji. There was chemistry between the two but was allowed limited screen time due to time constraints. On television,the love story is allowed to blossom.

Do you fear comparison?
I hope people don’t compare because Hemaji is a legend and great at all that she does. Besides,the two media are as different as chalk and cheese.

Did you watch the film again after you got the role?
Anything you adapted?

When I saw the film after having bagged the role,I observed nuances,which I had overlooked otherwise. I noticed that Hemaji had great fun playing either character. She genuinely enjoyed being the timid girl as well as the one who hangs from fans and fights her evil aunt.

Have you met the Dreamgirl?
I haven’t but I am looking forward to the launch where she will be present.

Is Anjorie more like Seeta or Geeta?
Geeta is an extrovert,full of life and love,speaks her mind and is exuberant,which is what Anjorie is like too,in real life.

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