Supernatural seems to be the flavour of the season in daily soaps. Now, Ekta Kapoor, reputed to have her finger on viewers’ pulse, is all set to revive the mythical concept of “ichchadari naagin” with Nagin on Colors. The family story comes with loads of suspense, drama and mystery, marking the return of Sudha Chandran to Hindi general entertainment after a long gap. She tells us she was busy judging and anchoring shows in the South.
Sudha plays the role of Yamini, whose family is cursed for killing serpents. “The character is that of a protective mother, a homely figure who is very religious. She believes in traditions and is wedded to rituals. The son is the apple of her eye and she will go to any extent to protect him and her family,” she states.
Often seen as a method actor, Sudha prefers to describe herself as a director’s actor. “I have never done homework and have always left the details to the director. This holds true from my first film Naache Mayuri to Naagin . Sizing up the situation and scene, I decide how a person or I as an individual will react to it.” Having said that, she adds that her experience, observation and everyday learning help her build the character. “I source from my memory bank when required. As an actor you should be able to store and recollect your experiences and work on them as an actor as and when required.”
Overcoming the loss of a leg in a tragic accident at a young age, Sudha went on to become an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer and actor. Personifying courage, she refuses to preach and write about her struggles. “My life itself is a message and I know it has changed a lot of lives. I can only say, don’t be a victim of stress and distress. Just go out in the world and strive what you want to become,” she advises. She perceives a relative change in society’s attitude towards the differently-abled and exhorts the latter to mould themselves instead of blaming the society.
The dancer believes that the art form is one of the best therapies for the differently-abled and confides that performing on stage still gives her plenty of kick. “You directly connect with the audience and that is great,” she remarks.
Remembered by many as Ramola Sikand in Kaahin Kissii Roz , she recalls that the use of sparkling jewellery, big bindis and designer saris highlighted the negative shade. “Viewers hated Ramola. Yet, they talked and gossiped about her,” recollects the actor. Given a similar role, she will use a different style to ensure its success.
(To be aired from November 1 on Colours, Saturday-Sunday, 8 p.m.)