"I call myself a dinosaur"
shouldn't take long to recall the petite beauty Smita Bansal. She was
there in television serials like Challenge, Sarhadein, Amanat and
PRETTY MOMMY: Smita Bansal. (TOI Photo)
That vivacious personality and
that charming smile are indeed hard to forget. And now Smita is back (after
several years) as Sumitra, playing a doting mother-in-law to Anandi in the
serial Balika Vadhu.
up with the talented actress to find out where she was hiding all these years."I
took a break because I had a child – my daughter Stasha – to take
care of. I got married seven years ago and wanted to be a full time mom to
Stasha." But it was Smita's passion for acting that brought her back in
front of the camera. "Stasha has grown up and has started going to school. I
thought it was best to come back to acting. That's the only thing I can do."
But wasn't she wary of
appearing as a mom on screen? "Most of the actresses of my generation are
playing moms now, so I was okay with it. So age-wise it was okay with me.
Besides, though I am playing a mother-in-law, it's to a
Apart from Balika Vadhu
(BV), Smita was also seen in the film Karzzzz as Himesh Reshammiya's sister.
"Doing this role in the movie was great fun. I enjoyed seeing myself on the big
screen," she says.
Smita has her
hands full with BV and she says she doesn't even have time to breathe. And
referring to the TV industry as a 'whirlwind', Smita says, "I call
myself a dinosaur 'coz I'm such an old part of this industry. Things
function in a very different way now. In my time, there used to be weeklies, now
there are dailies because of which things are rather disorganised. Actors are
not given bound scripts; no one knows what they are doing on which day. At one
point of time I was doing 11 serials simultaneously, but never felt so exhausted
as I do now with just two daily
Smita has noticed
another big change. "I don't believe the amount of money that is involved in TV
these days," she exclaims. "The stars earn in a day what we used to earn in a
month! Also, in our times, the director used to have the final word. Nobody
could interfere in his work. But ab to koi bhi kuch bhi bol sakta hai," says