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Bade Acche Laggte Hai
Bade Acche Laggte Hai

A Grandma made from Ten Tons of Ghee!

shrutireddygr8 Senior Member

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Posted: 19 August 2011 at 11:41pm | IP Logged

TV's latest daadi, 67-year-old Rajinder Kaur Manchanda, who made a debut three years ago in an IPL advertisement, talks about overacting as a liberating act

She's the quintessential matriarch ' affectionate, aggressive, imposing, grudgingly approving of her would-be grand-daughter-in-law and fiercely proud of her ghee-soaked Punjabiness. She makes up for her slow, hesitant gait with her quick wit and there is little else to arrest your attention when she is in the frame. Understandably then, 67-year-old Rajinder Kaur Manchanda'who plays Ram Kapoor's "Daadi" on Sony's Bade Achhe Lagte Hain 'has turned into one of the most popular TV actors lately. "I get calls from my fans across the globe and my fans have given me various nicknames 'Dus tin ghee, Hitler, Punjab di daadi and Punjab di awaaz. I am extremely touched," says an overwhelmed Manchanda, who lives in Mumbai.

Her been-there-knows-all character on television may be spot-on but in fact, Manchanda is a mere novice in the industry. Having made her on-screen debut three years ago with an IPL advertisement, she followed it up with a role on Star Plus' Sabki Laadli Bebo and then Zee TV's Aap Ki Antara. "But my first screen appearance was five years ago," she confides, "I auditioned in Rock n Roll Family, a dance-reality show on Zee TV, with my son. Even though I didn't make it to the show, I did get noticed."

After her stint on TV, Manchanda's coordinator got her an audition for Nikhil Advani's 2011 film, Patiala House where she played Rishi Kapoor's sister. "The very first day of the shooting, Akshay Kumar came up to me and started talking. I miss him. Hard Kaur is also very nice and since she too, is a Punjabi, we used to chat all the time," she recounts, warmly. She is now awaiting the release of her next film, Stand By, on August 26.

Behind Manchanda's smile and effervescence lies a tale of loss and tears. After losing her husband 11 years ago, Manchanda shut herself in a room for two years. What rescued her was her interest in teaching. A post-graduate in sociology and a trained teacher, she began taking private tuitions. "After a while, I realised I was sick and tired of teaching and wanted to do something more alive. That's when I got an opportunity to act," she says.

But she attributes her recent success to her grand-daughter Kirat on whose insistence Manchanda auditioned for Bade Ache Lagte Hai. On the sets, she has already forged healthy relationships with the cast. "I called Ram 'Ram Kapoor ji' on the first day of the shoot for which he reprimanded me. Both Ram and Sakshi (Tanwar, lead actor opposite Kapoor on the show) are very fond of me and refer to me as daadi," she adds, warmly. Besides the protagonists and the audience, Manchanda's charm has worked like magic on producers Ekta and Shobha Kapoor too. "Shobha ji sent a message to everyone on the team asking them to take good care of me. I feel special."


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Posted: 20 August 2011 at 5:17am | IP Logged
Shruti thank you for this post. Thumbs Up

Too ofter, we forget that there are real people behind the characters, especially the supporting cast, and are lavish in our criticism of how they look, or what dialogue they are given, or the character itself that they are asked to play.  Ermm

Its probably dog eat dog for the bit parts, and their compensation may be very modest, especially if their appearance is infrequent.  These are probably better behaved than many of the prima donnas with their tantrums and attitudes and self-importance. Smile

So its always nice and heartwarming to learn about the artistes, their struggles, and be inspired by their stories for our own daily lives. Big smile

I am sure that all those who read the article will have newfound respect for Smt. Manchanda.  I am happy for her, and hope to see Daadi develop nicely to become an important person in the lives of RaYa.  I am glad that Ekta pays her special attention. Thumbs Up

In an earlier post, I was quick to criticize her, and even suggested replacements.  Well, I withdraw those remarks, and henceforth declare myself to be a fan of this brave lady. Dancing

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