Rati Pandey was born in Assam and did her primary schooling there till she turned seven. She later moved to Patna and then New Delhi to complete her secondary schooling. After graduating from Delhi University in Economics, Rati Pandey started her career with 'Zee Cinestars Ki Khoj', in 2006.
In picture: Childhood picture of Rati Pandey (sitting in her father's lap) and her family.
Though in 2007, she made a lot of small-screen appearances in shows like C.I.D, Raat Hone Ko Hai and Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai, Rati became a household name with the show Miley Jab Hum Tum.
Miley Jab Hum Tum aired for two years, and her bubbly character became so popular with fans, that she gained a large fan following after the show.
In picture: A still from an episode of 'Miley Jab Hum Tum' showing Rati Pandey as Nupur Bhushan Sharma.
In 2011, Rati Pandey was offered a lead role in the show Hitler Didi. She played a double role in the show, which was a learning experience for the actress, but at the same time hectic too.
Rati Pandey in an old interview with mid-day had said, "The journey has been amazing no doubt. I have learnt so much and had the opportunity to grow with both roles, but the double role of Zara and Indira is becoming a bit taxing now. The whole team is working really hard as we have been shooting non-stop with no episode banks. Since Zara and Indira are present in every scene, I need to change my get-ups very frequently and this increases the work load. The combination scenes of Zara and Indira are again very difficult to handle since I basically have to do the same scene twice."
But even as it had become hectic for the actress, viewers liked Rati Pandey in both the avatars in Hitler Didi. In fact, she garnered more praises for her portrayal of a strict, stubborn and over-possessive Indira.
Routine saas-bahu dramas are a "once is enough" case for Rati Pandey as the actress is averse to shows with a heavy dose of 'rona dhona'.
"After having done a saas-bahu drama once in my career, I would like to explore other types of roles. As long as the show has a different concept, I am open to doing it. I don't like saas-bahu dushmani, rona dhona type serials. I think they've had their moment under the sun, they're outdated now," said Rati Pandey in an old interview with mid-day.
Rati Pandey feels there are many sides of a woman, and these sort of shows limit it just to two aspects. "Those shows project only two done-to-death stereotypical images of a woman. They're either the evil, ever-scheming, ever-plotting breed or they fall in the category of the demure damsels perennially in distress. There are so many other aspects to a woman's character. I like shows that feature women as well-rounded individuals with depth of character, rather than painting them as limp, uni-dimensional caricatures," she said.
That is also one reason why she took up the role of Indira (Hitler Didi), an independent girl who takes the responsibility of her family, single-handedly. "While Indira has had to face some difficult circumstances, there are also several lighter aspects to her life that are brought out on the show," said Rati, who detests the idea of playing negative roles.
Ironically, after a sabbatical of two years, Rati Pandey returned to television with Begusarai, in which she was seen playing a negative character Komal.
"If I am offered a role which is not only noticeable but also challenging to the core in a serial, I am game to do even a negative role. However, let me reiterate that I do not want to be yet another vamp in yet another saas bahu serial. I do not wish to play the vamp in any saas-bahu show for the simple reason that the actresses playing these roles are required to not only wear loud makeup which I find obnoxious, but are also expected to ham ridiculously, resorting to all kinds of exaggerated mannerisms and facial contortions. Strictly avoidable!" Rati Pandey explained.
However, a music reality show is definitely on Rati Pandey's mind. "I would love to do a reality show someday, but the show should be music-related. I can't live without music. Music is like relaxation therapy for me. Right now it's just a hobby and I am not yet talking about getting into it as a professional. But I would like to go down that path someday," said Rati, recently.
Rati, however, believes in 'Slow and steady' mantra! She said, "How good I am as a singer, only time will tell. In fact I was to come up with an album of peppy numbers with Piyush Soni but there was an inordinate delay in the project. In any case, I prefer to go slow and steady instead of zooming to the top overnight and crashing down with a thud shortly."
Rati Pandey is currently seen in Porus, where she plays Queen Anusuya. The story of the show revolves around the journey of King Porus of the Paurava kingdom who fought against Alexander the Great in the Battle of the Hydaspes.
Talking about her character, Rati recently said, "While I feel fortunate to be a part of the show and to play Queen Anusuya, the mother of Porus, I must say that the various layers of her character as a queen, a warrior, heavy jewellery, everything has changed my body language. I learnt horse riding, sword fighting, action stunts as external training. But, internally it was very interesting to play such a character that gives birth in a certain situation which was a brave step. Thinking about the bravery of a woman of 350 BC was fascinating."
We wish Rati Pandey a very happy birthday! May you see more success in your path!
It's Rati Pandey's birthday today. Rati, who has previously appeared in shows like Hitler Didi, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Begusarai and Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai, has come a long way. We take a look at her journey in Telly world so far, through some candid pictures.
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