Rukhsar resurfaces

Published: Mar 16, 2010, 09:02 IST | Sukanya Ghosh |

She debuted in 1992 but after a couple of films she just went off the radar. She then resurfaced in 2005 with RGV's blockbusters D and Sarkar

She debuted in 1992 but after a couple of films she just went off the radar. She then resurfaced in 2005 with RGV's blockbusters D and Sarkar. But after a few commercials, she disappeared once again. Well, Rukhsar's ready to make a reappearance again. She still has a few releases up her sleeve, she tells CS:

WHO: Rukhsar

WHAT: Speaking about her film and TV career
WHERE: At her residence in Versowa

Missing years
After my first unsuccessful attempt in films, I went back to our family home in Rampur and was involved in exporting garments and handicrafts. I never thought I'd come back, even though I missed acting. But destiny got me back! If your karma is clear, things fall into place. I had come to Mumbai for an exhibition and that's when my friends suggested that I try out television. I made my portfolio again and it somehow went to Ramu's Factory. Initially, I was wary of falling into the cinema loop all over again. But somebody told me that the film RGV was making was going to have Amitabh Bachchan in it. I said yes and landed up in Sarkar! 

Character driven
But after Sarkar, I was only asked to play somebody's miserable wife or bhabhi, and I was not too interested. I was doing a lot of commercials then. So I waited. Now I have interesting character roles in whatever films you'll see me in -- Benny and Babloo with KK Menon and Rajpal Yadav, Allah Ke bande and Knock-out where I play Irrfan Khan's wife. On my wishlist is a project with Vishal Bharadwaj, I'd love to work with him. I am fascinated about the way he portrays his female characters.

Not ruling TV out
I am here to act. So I am open to work that allows me to show my skills as an actress. TV is one medium that brings a lot of popularity along with financial security. You cannot sit for three years waiting for the 'right' film to come your way. I realised the reach of television when I was in Australia and a child came up to me and asked if I could get him an autograph from Balika Vadhu. I remember glaring at him and grinding my teeth! But that's the kind of fame TV brings. I really have a lot of respect for what Ekta Kapoor does. She's brought entertainment into the otherwise dull lives of several housewives in the small towns of India. I realised this when I was in Rampur.

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