In a career spanning over three decades, she has tasted success in all the three mediums- films, TV shows, and theater. However, renowned actress Himani Shivpuri says theater will always remain her "first love" as it rejuvenates her and "creatively satisfies" her as an actor.
"My favorite medium is theater. It is my first love. It will always be special to me. I am grateful to do TV shows also," Himani told sources on the launch of her new show "Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi".
"When I was doing big blockbusters 15 years ago, people used to say, 'Why are you doing TV side by side?' It was not considered a big medium at that time. But, I said, 'TV gave me recognition, so I will not stop doing shows'."
"Theatre has this one negative aspect that it is known to only those who see it live. But TV is like a newspaper. And I feel films make you immortal as you get remembered for your roles. Still, I prefer theater as it satisfies me creatively," she added on the approach of stage plays.
"I had taken a break from TV for two years. TV, as a medium, is here to stay. I did theater for two years to rejuvenate myself," said the actress, who will be seen as Kalawati in "Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi".
"There were lots of roles which were offered to me during that break, but this role seemed different. I think it's the first time that such a type of mother-in-law is coming on Indian television," she added.
"I remember when people used to ask me, 'Why are we stretching the timeline of the TV shows so much?' I used to say to them that you people are watching it, that's why it's working. I am happy that now, a lot of finite series are coming up. It's a very positive sign," she said.
Talking about her upcoming film projects, she said: "I am doing a comedy film with Krushna Abhishek. I have a strong role in it. Also, I am doing another film, which focuses on how the unemployed youth gets trapped in terrorism."
"Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi" will be aired on &TV starting from February 6.