Actress Smilie Suri, who is all set to make her small screen debut with " Jodha Akbar", says her character as the Mughal emperor's first wife Ruqaiya Begum will help her break the girl-next-door image.
Smilie, who made her Bollywood debut with 2005 film "Kalyug
", fell ill soon after signing Zee TV's historical show "Jodha Akbar
", produced by Ekta Kapoor.
"Over the last few years, I was offered TV shows, but I declined them.
This one's not a saas-bahu show and the role of Ruqaiya is also very
different. It helps me break away from the girl-next-door image created
by my Kalyug
character," Smilie, who is director Mohit Suri's sister, said in a statement.
"The commute from Mumbai to Karjat for the shoot can be pretty taxing,
so I was in two minds initially but the character is not only
interesting, it has different layers and substance. Ruqaiya is an
important part of Akbar's life. She was his best friend, almost like his
mirror. I'm just waiting to get out of the hospital and start
shooting," she added.