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The gorgeous Simone Singh was born on November 10, 1974, in Jamshedpur. She kickstarted her career in television with a TV series, Sea Hawks, and followed it up with a stint in Swabhimaan in 1995. (All pictures/AFP, Yogen Shah, mid-day archives)
The one role that stands out in Simone Singh's repertoire is that of Heena. When quizzed about this, Simone said in a chat with mid-day, "If people remember me as Heena I can only take that as a huge compliment because it obviously left an indelible mark on their minds. I can only have gratitude for that. And, also for the fact that everything I have played after that is vastly different and that has been very important..."
She added, "When you're talking about Heena, there are a lot of people who say that my character Sakshi (in Ek Hasina Thi) left an indelible impact on people because it was so strongly written."
Simone Singh is married to author-filmmaker Fahad Samar. In fact, both of them shared screen space for the first time in the web show Four More Shots Please.
Simone Singh is not only a household name due to her TV performances, but her film roles as well. She received wide acclaim for her performance as Tina Sethna in Being Cyrus, and was also seen in films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Kal Ho Na Ho, among others.
Simone Singh won the Best Supporting Actress award for her film Sur - The Melody Of Life and also the Best Actress in a Negative Role award for her TV character in Ek Hasina Thi.
Speaking about the experience of working with her husband, Simone told mid-day, "It was so much fun. We looked at each other and said, 'This is our first.' We really enjoyed but weren't sure what it's going to be like in playing characters as opposed to..."
And was he comfortable facing the cameras for the first time? "The feedback that Fahad has got from everyone is that he was very natural on screen. He comported himself incredibly well for the first time that he was facing the cameras," said Simone.
Simone Singh took a sabbatical of sorts after her 2014 TV show, Ek Hasina Thi, and returned in 2018 with a web show called Haq Se. Was it a planned move?
Simone shared, "Unless there is something that can move me as a project or the character that I am playing, it's not about how much time has been lapsed or it's not about having to stay in the public eye."
Pictured: Simone Singh, Diana Khan, Samiksha Jaiswal, Arjit Taneja, Rehaan Roy at the launch event of the TV show Bahu Begum.
In effect, Simone has never felt any fear of being away from the public consciousness or on missing out on opportunities. She made a natural comeback in the digital space with the hugely popular web show, Four More Shots Please, seasons one and two.
Season 2 of the web show released on April 17, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video. Simone plays Sneha Patel, mum to Siddhi Patel, one of the four leading ladies in the show.
Pictured: Simone with Tisca Chopra.
Describing her character, Simone shared, "Sneha Patel is a woman, who has very carefully cultivated this image of perfection for her, and for the family that she presents to the world. Unfortunately, her daughter doesn't meet those rigorous standards that she has set. It's a constant struggle for her to have a rebellious daughter, and that's not conforming to the image that she presents."