Her claim to fame was her famous onscreen avatar as Kaajalbhai in the show Hum Paanch.
Since then actor Bhairavi Raichura
has been constantly romancing the small screen. After having given subtle
yet commendable performances in shows like Astitva - Ek Prem Kahaani, Balika Vadhu, Sasural Genda Phool
et al Bhairavi has started another innings on the small screen as she dons the hat of a producer.
This petite actress was in Ahmedabad to promote her debut show as a producer Chhal - Sheh Aur Maat. Probe her if turning a producer was always on mind and she says, "After acting for almost 18 years, I wanted to graduate to the next level. For the last two years, my very good friend Nandita Mehra and I were discussing about the possibility of producing a show. And here I am with my first offering."
It does not end here, as Bhairavi braced herself up with a thriller, a genre that's picking up strongly on the small screen. The actor feels, "As a new producer, if you've to make a mark, you have to do something different and risky. Luckily, the channel helped me polish up this story-line. I've ensured this show doesn't fall on the line of typical saas-bahu sagas."
The actor, however, is keen on continuing with her acting endeavors too. "I will not quit acting as that is my first love. Although, it is not going to be easy acting as well as meeting the demands as a producer. That's why, I took a break for a couple of weeks from Sasural Genda Phool."
Ask her if she's been choosy about her roles for the reason that we've never seen her portraying a docile bahu or a vamp in saas-bahu soaps? The actor says, "I can say I've been lucky to do the roles that are modern or close to reality."
According to the actor small screen has glammed up over the years. "TV has turned into a glamourous industry now. Most serials have as big budgets. And, the major change has been the drift from weekly shows to daily shows - which has significantly changed the way small screen functions," she says.
For all you who don't know, Bhairavi also acted in a Gujarati serial named Saptapadi
. She says, "People keep asking me why I'm not part of Gujarati films, but, I never got any offers for G-Town projects. And the way Marathi, Bengali or Telugu people follow their regional serials, films or shows, we Gujaratis don't enjoy Gujarati shows or films. That's why the industry is almost on the verge of decline."
Bhairavi is attuned to Gujarati culture and her regular meals include Gujarati food. She says, "I eat proper Gujarati food at home made by my mother. I have many relatives in Ahmedabad and I love Law Garden as it is a good shopping area. I love coming to Ahmedabad but my work schedule doesn't permit much liberty to pay more visits."