After Balika Vadhu and Uttaran, Colors’ Sasural Simar Ka touched the millennium mark, and leading lady Deepika Samson would like to cross another thousand. “It’s a huge achievement because it’s not easy to keep the audience engaged and maintain the TRPs for so long,” says Samson, who plays Simar.
Samson gave up her job as an airhostess to pursue acting, and is currently shooting in Hong Kong. The foreign location is integral to the new track that opens up new dilemmas for Simar. “The twists and turns are the USP of the show, and it also keeps our spirits up.
New plots have the actors upbeat about the show, otherwise it gets monotonous,” says Samson. She agrees that television is finally waking up to the concept of finite series, and long running shows that aren’t going anywhere need to go off air. “It’s the same with Sasural Simar Ka. We try very hard for the TRP to be above two (read average) to keep it alive and kicking,” she says.
Having played the same role for over three-and-a-half years, Samson now finds many similarities with Simar. “She is also emotional, family-oriented, loves dancing, but doesn’t like going out. The only difference is that I always speak my mind while Simar is quieter,” she says.
At one point, Samson’s character turned negative in the show and the actor found that quite challenging. “I’ve never essayed a negative character, and I will never forget Simar’s miscarriage. I cried my heart out and didn’t even use glycerine for the scene,” she says.