Bina vardi ka thanedaar!
Soni talks about his new activist image, television shows and working
with wife Juhi Babbar, in a chat with Roshni K Olivera
now you are almost like an activist on TV... be it your role in the
serial Balika Vadhu or Sony's reality show Crime Patrol.
it's quite a coincidence that in both my shows I portray socially
responsible roles. Most of the reforms and social messages in Balika
Vadhu have been showcased through my character. On the other hand in
Crime Patrol, I play myself. It deals with real police cases and
makes people aware of the crime around us. Hence, what I say as an
anchor on the show increases my responsibility. I enjoy this experience
of connecting with the viewers as myself.
So now they call you bina vardi ka thanedaar... how do you react to this attention?
We actors love and work towards fame and success, but it's most important to be grounded and level-headed.
This is a prominent characteristic of my personality as well, and I
guess it reflects in both my shows that are on air. Talking about Crime
Patrol, it's extremely credible and I'd give total credit to the team
for not using the show to create sensation and glorify crime and
Does your work impact your thought process?
Definitely. I guess my portrayal in the shows seems convincing as I truly and sincerely believe in the views. Thanks to this image, I am now associated
with various social organisations and NGOs. The little difference I can
make to society gives me heartfelt satisfaction and happiness.
So how busy are you with two shows on hand?
is for all my producers (laughs)... My dates are definitely manageable
and I have time to do another show but the role should be important,
interesting and different from what I am doing right now.
Are you and wife Juhi (Babbar) doing a play together?
Yes we are doing two plays together, Pencil Se Brush Tak, based on the memoirs of MF Husain and the other one
is Begum Jaan. We will soon also be seen in a new play, a typical
romcom. I am really excited about this one as my mother-in-law, Nadiraji
is working on the script and I am an absolute fan of her style of
You like Juhi better as your coactor or director?
is a fantastic co-actor her energy on stage is contagious. I have
watched her direct also and now can't wait to be directed by her. I
admire her eye for detailing and understanding of characterisation. We
get offers for television also but we are waiting for the right one. It
will be great to share screen space with her.
ROLE CALL: Anup Soni; Juhi Babbar