Posted: 21 September 2010 at 11:53pm | IP Logged
My height is my biggest strength: Juhi Aslam
Twenty-year-old Juhi Aslam
can't curb her excitement. She's going to have a million people watch
her on the small screen tonight and every night from now on.
It's a first of sorts not only for Juhi, but for Indian television as
well! Never before has a protagonist been a dwarf both in reel and real
life. The show Baba Aiso Varr Dhoondo, on Imagine, is an emotional tale
about Bharati, a 3.5 feet young woman with a beautiful heart and an
abundance of talent. Bharati, however, faces rejection and ridicule
because she is a dwarf. She longs to find a man who will love her for
the person she is.
Rather than get someone to act like a dwarf,
the production house and channel decided to make their show as close as
possible to reality. And that's how Juhi, a girl from a simple
middle-class family from Agra, got selected. "I never thought something
like this could happen to me," says the ecstatic collegian, who's doing
her TYBSc. The first time she faced the camera she was very nervous.
With no prior acting experience, it was a completely new ballgame for
her. But she took the plunge head-on with her family's support and now
she's getting a hang of her new profession. "I don't feel I'm acting
because, in many ways, this story is close to reality for me," she adds.
Life's not been easy, she relates and many a times she has
cried asking God 'why she was so different from the others'. "Wherever I
went I had people looking at me curiously and that made me sad, " she
says. But now all of that is a thing of the past and the person in front
of all is a confident woman, who believes in herself and her abilities.
"What I thought was my drawback is my biggest strength today.
I've reached this level, bagged this role only because of my height and I
am very happy. I would like to tell people like me or those who feel
they have something lacking in them to just believe in themselves. Bas
kucch kar dikhane ka hausla hona chaihiye," she smiles. Baba Aiso Varr Dhoondo will air every Monday to Friday at 9.30 pm on Imagine.
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