undoubtedly sizzles as Rama Bhabhi in Swastik Pictures' Navya
on Star Plus
. She has all the traits that a vamp needs in television, jealousy, greed and stubbornness.
Well, if you read the interview you guys will come to know a shocking revelation about the real Snigdha Pandey
Enjoy the readWhat has been special in your career journey?
The whole journey
has been so special. I fondly remember my theatre days in Delhi when I
used to rush from my college (Daulat Ram College) to the Mandi House
where our theatre (Act One Theatre Group) used to take place. The Delhi
winters are something that I miss sorely. The he heady excitement of the proscenium plays and how it used to feel like and how our life depended on the day's show were exciting. I have had a very unpredictable and unexpected journey. I
have changed cities where I went from Kolkata to Delhi and then from
Delhi I came to Mumbai and I never thought that Mumbai will treat me so
good. Getting my first show, Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain
, within the first
month of landing in Mumbai; then getting a foreign film and Bengali
unexpectedly; and now Navya
. The character is appreciated so much in
spite of being Negative. All this is very special to me.What are the earlier shows you have done?
started my TV career with Angrezi mein Kehte hain on NDTV Imagine
then went ahead to do 'Jahan Pe Basera Ho
' on Star Plus
. I have also
done Chhajje Chhajje Ka Pyar
on Sony TV
more recently. Apart from this I
have done a foreign film (Uzbek) Muhabbatnoma-Legend of Love and a yet
unreleased Bengali Film Blind Lane where I play the protagonist. The
Bengali film comes under the genre of serious Bengali cinema and it's a
film based on naxalism in which I play, a news paper columnist. I am
waiting for this film to release.What is so unique about doing Navya?Navya
is a very contemporary drama with which the younger generation as well
as their parents will be able to identify with. The characters are very
real and close to life. Like I play the main negative in the show but I
am no where over the top or over dramatic. What is happening in Rama's
life and how she is reacting to it with her limited way of thinking is
very real and close to life. Siddharth Sir had talked to me about the
character and asked me to keep it subtle and close to real life. Rama in
herself has so many aspects to her character that it is very
interesting and challenging to play her. There is so much to do as she
is deploying all the emotions to get her job done. There is not even one
emotion left out in her strategy; Saam,Daam,Danda and Bheda. She is
familiar with all the ways of blackmail. I am so grateful to the
producer of Navya
that they have given me an opportunity to play Rama as
she is an actor's delight. There is not one day that I come back from
the shoot and Rama has not given me a fresh insight. This is by far the
most interesting character that I have played and I just love it.How did you get role in Navya?
got a call from the casting department of Swastik Pictures last year;
the same time I was shooting for my Bengali Film 'Blind Lane' in
Siligudi. After returning to Mumbai I called them up to check if the
casting was still going on and I was lucky that it was still on. I was
called for an audition followed by a look test. We tried variations in
the audition for how much dialect should Rama have and also tried many
looks for her. A few days later I was called for a meeting with Rahul
Tiwary sir and I signed the show.How is it working with Swastik Pictures and Siddharth Tiwary?
with Swastik Pictures and Siddharth Sir is just so wonderful. Swastik
Pictures is known for its social shows that try to give a message to the
society. Whether it be Agle Janam, or Pitah or Phulwa; they all carry
powerful social messages and are family shows providing clean
entertainment. Swastik Pictures is a leading and fast growing Production
house and I am proud to be associated with it. Siddarth Sir is a
fabulous human being and a wonderful producer who gives his actors a lot
of freedom to develop their characters. At the same time he gives
valuable inputs for the building up of the role. After I had signed
, he met me personally and discussed all the nuances of the
character of Rama Bajpai; her psyche, her background, her ambitions and
what makes her negative. He also told me in detail how my character
would develop with the show and explained the importance of bringing the
character to life without exaggerating on her accent and mannerisms. I
remember his words, 'keep it subtle, keep it real'. After that he gave
me a free rein in developing my character and still whenever I meet him I
always seek his valuable Inputs. Your interests other than acting?
am Interested in watching films pertaining to World Cinema (I am a huge
film buff that I have watched three films back to back almost all my
life on free days), reading books (last book I read was Roots tracing an
African slaves seven generations after he is caught in Africa and
brought to America), listening to good music like Sufi, Ghazals,
Contemporary and I love Hindi film songs too. I also do a lot of
creative writing like poems and stories in Hindi and English. I had
written a full-fledged feature film script while I was in college.People think you are from a Hindi medium. Comments.
perceive Television to be reality. That is not surprising as they spend
a big part of their day glued to their screens. This was something that
I had to come to terms with when I decided to do a negative character
and that too someone who was less educated and spoke in a dialect.
People had their reservations about this kind of role telling me that I
might be typecast and that people will think me to be like the character
I play. Well, I always say that in any story if everyone plays the good
guys how will the story progress and I have a special liking to be in
the bad team for the simple reason that it is more exciting and
interesting. Well, so far as being Hindi medium is concerned, my Hindi
and Urdu are very good and so is my English. I am a Masters in Economics
and very little of that was taught in Hindi medium. I am also fluent in
Bengali and can manage a little of Punjabi, Marathi and Uzbek (after
doing an Uzbek Film).If not an actress?
I would be a script
writer. I used to write scripts for Doordarshan while in college to earn
extra pocket money. I also have aspirations to get behind the camera in
direction.Your favourite hero and heroine.
In India my
favourite actors are Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan,Hrithik Roshan and
actresses include Kajol, Vidya Balan, Madhuri Dixit,SrideviHow is it working with Shaheer Sheikh and Soumya Seth?
set of Navya
is like a second home to us and we are like a big happy
family. Both Shaheer and Soumya are wonderful co-actors and even better
human beings. Shaheer is a lot of fun on the sets. He is constantly
joking around, pulling some one's leg and basically entertaining
everyone around. We are great friends and it is difficult to keep a
straight face while doing all that heavy drama with him. There have been
many a time that I have burst out laughing in the middle of a serious
scene and have been scolded. There was a scene in which he comes to know
that I am pregnant and I had to feel shy as he looks at me. I kept on
laughing and it was so infectious that every one joined in. I canned this scene with a lot of difficulty. Soumya is
quieter, but a very sweet girl. I wish them both best of luck.Any prank incidents.
was a scene wherein I am rushing into my room after I eavesdrop into
the conversation between Anant and Mohan. Every time I would be about to
enter the room Mohan and Anant who were standing behind me would call
my name or tap me on the shoulder to distract me and on action I would
enter the room laughing or smiling and end up getting scolded. But I
still did not complain to the director as that would be not in
accordance with the laws of friendship.
There was another scene where
I am scolding my sister after she puts honey in Bua Dai's dress and
Savita Chachi over hears us. It was a serious scene in which Chachi just
glares at us with disbelief. On that day we had two back to back shifts
after which all of us were dead tired and almost asleep on our legs.
Suddenly Chachi entered and instead of glaring, she started laughing and
dancing in front of us making fun of how Bua Dai would say 'Oh Ma, cheenti. We were all in splits and not sleepy
any more. The whole team laughed their guts off and was refreshed.Are you single or seeing someone? What kind of dream man you want?
Single. And I want someone with the inclinations of my heart.How is it working with Mohan, your on screen hubby?
is a very good actor and that really helps in bringing out my
performance. I have always loved every single scene that I have done
with him. He really tries to bring out the performance of his co-actors.
He emotes with sincerity even when his back is to the camera and his
co-actors closes are being taken. When not shooting he is chilled out
and fun loving and has a very good sense of humour. He keeps us all in
splits.What do you love to watch on TV?
I love to watch Films
on TV. Due to shoots I am not able to follow any TV serial religiously
but I do watch Navya
whenever I can.Where do you see yourself five years from now?
now I am very satisfied playing Rama as she is able to satisfy my
creative urges. Hopefully Navya
will break all records and be on air for
the next five years. I am also looking towards building a special
relation with Swastik Pictures and do more work with them.What does fame mean to you?
is when people know you. They are inspired or influenced by you. I want
to touch people's life in a positive way by entertaining them and
bringing a smile on their face.What are the social causes close to your heart?
Children's education, clean Environment and helping senior citizens.You are said to be passionate about photography. What do you love to click ideally?
I am passionate about writing and I write poems, stories in Hindi and English.What are your career plans?
want to play different roles that challenge and excite me. I also like
the challenge of acting in different languages and have already done a
foreign film and a regional film (Bengali). Acting in another language
is being totally out of your comfort zone. That really leads to growth
as an actor. I also want to dabble in script writing in the near future
and get into direction some day.