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Sonali Bendre on her new role as narrator of ‘Mission Sapne’

Sonali Bendre Behl talks about the challenges of being a narrator on Mission Sapne.

Written by Ankita R Kanabar | Updated: May 9, 2014 10:37:47 am
Sonali Bendre and Salman Khan. Sonali Bendre and Salman Khan.

What drew you to Mission Sapne?

The cause and the motive of the show, the thought of just being there and doing something different, yet meaningful, attracted me to it. It’s definitely not something that I’ve done before. In fact, I was discussing it with the channel that nobody is really making money on this.

Everyone has just contributed and done their bit to touch a common man’s life, and it’s a wonderful gesture. People talk about bringing about change and how the government should change. These are just talks and I don’t know when the change will happen. But, right now if I’ve got the opportunity to touch some lives and do the little that we can, so it’s a big thing for me. At the end of the episode, what a common man gets may not be a fabulous amount but it’s big enough to fulfill his dreams. We’re at least giving something tangible to a person than just talking about it.

How is the experience of being a narrator on the show?

It’s actually more difficult to be yourself, especially for a private person like me. I didn’t see the monitor while we shot for the show, I didn’t know what it’s looking like or I don’t know how much of myself have I exposed. When I’m playing a role, I have a mask on and I’m playing somebody else. I have lines to say, here I don’t have lines.

Was that also the most challenging part of the show?

As a narrator, I am the link between everyone. For me, the most difficult and touching moments were when I was talking to the common man, because you can’t coach them. You have to set the ball rolling as it comes. It can also be challenging because no matter how much you prepare yourself, when you see what a person is  going through, it’s sad and shocking. You can never really be prepared for the amount of sadness and hardships that people go through.

Has Mission Sapne been an emotional experience?

Yes, when you see what people are going through, you think what is it that my parents have done right for the kind of life I’ve got. I just have to thank God for giving me the life he did because there’s no explanation as to why, at one point, someone can have so much, and at the other end, there are people struggling for so little.

Would you be open to doing a fiction show as well?

Let’s see, I don’t know. As of now, it’s only my TV show Mission Sapne for me.

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