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MULTI-TASKING Smriti Irrani strikes a pose
MULTI-TASKING Smriti Irrani strikes a pose

Indian television's famous face turns a producer this August

A wannabe journalist. A Miss India finalist who became a TV icon. Having dabbled with politics, where she famously burned her fingers contesting Lok Sabha elections, she is now a telly-producer. Smriti Irrani, all of 30, has clearly begun multi-tasking quite early in life. A mother of two, who admits "getting up early even after a late night to ready the kids for school", Smriti though biffs back a bit when reminded of squeezing too many things in a day, "I wonder why no man is asked why he does so many things at a time?" A woman like her, she explains, "does too many things in too little time not because she feels her time is running out but because she can do these many things in this much time." "You have to constantly challenge yourself to do better, isn't it?" she asksAnd this consciousness seems to be an invisible twine that has bound Smriti to her mentor and 'K' queen, Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms for the last six years. The credit of dolling up Smriti so well to turn her into the famous 'bahu' of the tube will always rest with Ekta and her magnum opus, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, she is quick to give credit. And now, taking this relationship further, Smriti is producing her debut series, Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan on Star Plus from August 19 jointly with Ekta. "When I discussed with Ekta and Shobha Kapoorthe storyline of my serial, they said, why don't we do it together? And I looked at it as a gesture of respect from their side. I learnt my acting at Balaji, so how could I have said no to them. It is like graduating from a good school and then it being asked to become its teacher," says Smriti, lacing it with her usual broad smile.She is not just producing it, she is playing the lead too in Thodi Si Zameen...

"I am playing the role of Uma, a 27-year-old daughter of a mill worker who undertakes several jobs to run the family ever since the mill was shut. The story, penned by Kamlesh Pandey, is set in a Mumbai chawl where hordes of out-of-job mill workers live," describes Smriti. The serial, she assures, "will be quite different technically from the usual stuff seen on TV these days." By this, she means that it will be minus the trademark 'K' serial gloss. Though she has a storyline for 52 episodes, Smriti, living with the experience of the long-running Kyunki... , would rely more on audience response to decide on its continuity. S.B.P.

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