Crossing the barrier

Meghna Malik.

Meghna Malik.   | Photo Credit: 19dmcmeghna malik


Meghna Malik wants to brings alive the complexity of a woman on screen

It is always difficult for an actor to break an image. Amjad Khan died as Gabbar and Manoj Kumar is living as Bharat. On television Alok Nath could not get out of the trap of sanskari father. Now Meghna Malik is trying to break the shackles. Known as the imposing Ammaji of Na Aana Iss Des Laado, recently she took a step with Zubaan. Next, she will be seen as a no nonsense lawyer in Dahleez, an urban drama on the conflict of value systems. Meghna feels lucky and thanks god for all the love she receives from the audience of all ages in spite of the grey shades she choose to don on screen.

Excerpts from an interview:

What made you choose Dahleez ?

After doing ammaji, a rustic character, I got to play this urban lawyer, a maverick in legal corridors, a no nonsense woman, who wants to get the job done. It’s an all together different attire and speech. From playing the role of a ‘gaon ki mahila’ to a woman with class in the bureaucratic world is an all new experience and challenging. No matter what character I choose to play, I do my homework. For Dahleez too I spent a day at the Mumbai High Court as I had never been to a court earlier. It was surprising to see so many lawyers and found no audience as I have seen on screen. Another revelation was there is no cross examination in a High Court. It is only done in sessions court. Being a lawyer is really tough. One has to live with pending moments. Thank god! I am not a lawyer.

How different is Meghna Malik from Suhasini?

Suhasini is a no nonsense person. She means business at work and maintains discipline at home. She wants to see children who are well brought up with good education. They should have good sense of social etiquette and I also am a person, who values time and discipline.

I would also like to point out that the change that we are seeing in our cinema is not being seen on television. I wish to see that change. That is possible only when shows like Dahleez get good TRPs. It is overwhelming to see how our viewers accept a new story and concept. But, viewers also need to leave a story at some point of time, as there is a limit to every story.

How did NSD contribute in making you the actor that you are today?

The National School of Drama helped me expand my horizon and helped me know the unknown as a student. It taught me to be inquisitive all the time. Like if I am ever asked to play the role of a journalist, I may go back in time and pick up traits from the ones I have met. NSD taught me that acting is just not about memorising lines but much more. It opened windows into art, culture, carpentry, blocking, body language, action-reaction, costumed studying, colours and lights.

What attracted you to showbiz?

I didn’t dream of becoming an actress all of a sudden. Acting was my passion and I always enjoyed it. I wanted to act, not necessarily in films or television, as I come from a small town in Haryana where acting can never be seen as a career. It never struck me as a career. When I was doing theatre I wished to explore other avenues of acting as well. That brought me to Mumbai and that’s what attracted me to this industry.

However, I am still an introvert, who shies away from the crowd but still keep pretending that she is very comfortable. I am more a person who would take a corner seat and enjoy with my own self. That part of me is still there. The village has not left the girl.

How do you prepare yourself for a role?

An actor has to have child like innocence and inquisitiveness of creating characters of observing people. Over time I learnt that for cinema you can prepare yourself well before time but for television you have to be spontaneous and have to keep adding different flavours to the same character. I love playing characters that challenge me otherwise it can be very boring. To me these are fun elements which keep me alive everyday. I keep adding something or other to the character every single day.

In Zubaan I played a fierce lioness kind of character in a way. A victim of a disjointed family who admires the person she is married to, but could never win his love. It is easy to paint a woman one-dimensional. My attempt is always to add flavours to the character that is given to me. Every woman is so complex in a way. I want to bring that complexity to the audience. I try my best. The rest depends on the writer.

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