Kumkum Bhagya fame actress Sriti Jha says it is important to have TV shows fronted by women.
“There is a very high importance and the necessity for women-led shows because we cannot deny the fact that there has been a systemic subjugation of women over the years, and we need to correct that at the grassroots level. Therefore, there is an immense need to have strong women voices in fiction and in the real world,” Sriti told IANS.
Over the years, Sriti Jha has played strong women characters.
Sriti Jha recalled working in Rakt Sambandh that aired from 2010 to 2011, “I played Sandhya in ‘Rakt Sambandh‘ and it was very difficult mainly because she was a blind girl. As actors we do a lot with the eyes and the eyes were taken away. Yes, it was difficult. I still believe that I could have done it so much better. But yes, it was an opportunity nonetheless, and it was a thriller show. The emotions were extreme and very dramatic, and I loved doing that and it was an incredible team to work with. So that was really nice.”
In Jyoti, Sriti Jha was seen as Sudha, who suffered from multiple personality disorders.
“I always say, I would still give my right arm for that role. I think it is one of the best opportunities that I have received as an actor because it was written beautifully by Purnendu Shekhar. And the director Siddharth Sen Gupta made me an actor, as I would only learn my lines before that. I think I learnt to emote and feel an emotion after I worked on ‘Jyoti’. It was extremely challenging because I was fairly new to acting and it was very difficult to achieve,” Sriti Jha said.
“I don’t know whether it was good or bad as I never really got to see how it went because we used to work for long hours back then. But yes, it still remains my favourite role that I have ever done and one of my most favourite shows that ever happened on television,” Sriti Jha added.
Jyoti and Rakt Sambhand are currently being re-telecast on Dangal channel, while Sriti Jha now also plays the lead character Pragya in the show Kumkum Bhagya.
Talking about the pros and cons of doing a TV show, Sriti Jha shared: “I have only done television in my acting career, so I don’t have anything else to compare it to. What I love the most about television is that I get to live each day of a character that I love and I think that’s amazing. Also, because we work with the same people every single day for so many months and sometimes years, you make these little families over time.”