She was the most hated women on television. Shrewd and manipulative, she sashayed in designer saris and stylish bindis, which became her trademark style. Now, Sudha Chandran says she is tired of being the 'bad woman' on the small screen and has gone in for an image change. Her new serials and shows on television are in that direction only. "The negative characters made me very popular but were getting too monotonous. I was fed up with the tearjerkers and wanted a change in my onscreen persona," she says.

The dancer-turned actor is enjoying her role as a judge on the dance show Magadheera-Dare to Dance on Zee Telugu. "Being a dancer myself, I can understand the travails of youngsters performing in Magadheera. The rounds are too tough and it takes lot of courage to appear in the programme. Hats off to all the participants," she says with pride. She is a tough nut to crack on the show and is known for her gutsy comments.

Coming to Hyderabad for the shooting is a sense of déjà vu for her. "I lived in a guesthouse for my debut movie Mayuri for Usha Kiron movies in '85. After two decades, the city has changed considerably," she says. Her dance career has also been on an upswing with her dance performances at different festivals. She is quite excited to perform in the city on November 21.

"Dance is my life and I am happy to keep my passion alive," she says.

Besides dance, her TV shows keep her busy. She will be seen in the new Malayalam movie, Alexander The Great starring Mohan Lal. Her latest projects on the small screen include serials on Kalaignar TV, Surya and Raj TV.