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BIDISHA MAHANTA
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TELEVISION After carving out a niche as a female cop with comic undertones, Kavita Kaushik is all set to break the mould with Tota Weds Maina on SAB TV

In a new outfitKavita Kaushik
In a new outfitKavita Kaushik

Making a place in the bright glitzy world of the small screen industry has not been an easy ride for F.I.R ’s beloved Kavita ‘Chandramukhi’ Kaushik. From having to prove her mettle as a non-glamorous actor to challenging notions of accepted behaviour and appearance, Kavita is happy and content finally.

Being a first generation actor in the family, what made you enter this industry where it is tough surviving alone?

It is probably the most clichéd story ever. I was learning to be a director when there was an audition for Balaji Telefilms. I accompanied a friend and the next thing you know, I was spotted and cast in Kutumb . I never had a godfather but I have an amazing father and a belief in God. There are a lot of difficulties in playing a headstrong female character in an industry dominated by glorification of patriarchal family traditions. What made you take the risk?

I have lived and designed my career my way. So taking a risk gives me a kick. I have not been afraid of failing and that gives me more power to do certain things. Seven years of playing Chandramukhi in SAB TV’s F.I.R have proved people wrong who thought that ‘the Delhi girl’ playing glamorous roles could not play a simple plain girl. I have always pushed myself to surprise my audience. From a glamorous negative character to a serious cop in CID to comedy and now a bubbly Maina in my new serial ( Tota Weds Maina ), every role has been different.

You are doing a new show ‘Tota Weds Maina’. How does it feel to not be a cop anymore?

It is just wonderful. The entire team is interesting. I immensely enjoyed shooting for it. The show is basically about an odd couple. They accidentally get married to each other and how they discover love on this journey. This transition from tough cop to the bubbly Maina was a much needed one.

BIDISHA MAHANTA

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