By Saurabh Agarwal
Mouni Roy has taken significant strides toward success in Indian television. She is primarily known for her work as Krishna Tulsi in Ekta Kapoor’s hit TV show ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’. She recently played character of Sati in ‘Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev.’
Generation Next spoke to Mouni Roy about her experiences and journey as an actress.
You started your career as ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’’s Krishna Tulsi, tell us about your journey?
“Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Thi” was very unexpected. I was working after university and I had herd there are some auditions going on and I tried it out, and got selected. However ever since that it has been an absolute roller coater ride. I was part of a reality TV show called, “Zara Nachke Dikha” and then “Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev”. Along these I had also worked on a Punjabi film with Babu Mann, and advertisements. I was very fortunate to be able to work in these shows, and I have enjoyed them thoroughly.
Did you always wanted to be an actress?
I never knew what I wanted to be, and I never wanted to leave my parents. I always wanted to study all my life. I have always loved to read and write. Hence when I came to Mumbai, I finished my MA in Mass Communication. So acting I believe just happened and was served in a platter for me. I readily accepted it and here I am today working in the industry.
Who do you consider as your role model? What inspires you?
I don’t have one role model that I look up to. I find inspiration from everyone and a lot of things in general. I admire my friends, family and my elders. Fortunately, I am blessed with a lot of people in life who continually help me and guide me. However, in particular I am very fond of Rani Mukherji and Madhuri Dixit as an actress.
What is your dream goal?
I just want to lead a happy life and continue to do good work, that’s always been a dream goal.
You are very talented dancer, actor and a singer. Would you ever consider singing as a profession?
In my family my mother is a beautiful singer, and my dad play really good tabla. So I have inherited lovely traits from my parents. However, I like singing just as a hobby, I don’t see my self-pursuing singing in future.
What kind of music can we find on your playlist?
I am very fond of old Bollywood songs and English pop. I like to listen to Avril Lavigne. I am more of a melody person, so I really like to listen to classical music, especially Taranas.
The character of Sati has made a special place for you in everyone’s heart, how did you get prepared for this role, and what is one thing about the character you really liked?
Initially when the script came to me I had said no, because I didn’t think I would like to do a mythological show. However, I think I will give all al the credit to Nikhil Sinha and Anirudh Pathak . When they explained to me their vision I thought it was very interesting. When you speak of Mahadev and Sati, it is considered as the eternal love story and I was very much drawn to the character of Sati. I think she is a complete woman. She is very much part of the society and fulfills her duty, but at the same time she does not destroy her love.
You have quite a fan following in Toronto, what is your message to you fans that tune in to your TV shows every week.
I would tell everyone to keep watching Mahadev, there is a lot more to come. I would like to thank everyone for loving me and I would hope they keep watching me.
What future projects can we expect you in?
I will be working on a TV show called “Apne toh apne hote hain” on Life Ok, which I am currently shooting for in Jodhpur.