Saumya Tandon, who is currently seen in Binaifer and Sanjay Kohli’s (Edit II) hit show Bhabhiji Ghar Pe Hai, says that the show holds a special meaning for her. The actor adds that the show is loved by the audience. “I can unhesitatingly say that the show is one of the best on Indian TV. I had not attempted doing comedy ever and I explored this genre with one of the best producer-director and writer in comedy on TV. I was very reluctant to join the daily soap bandwagon but I am glad I picked this show. I tried and explored a lot of things as an actor in this show and I did evolve as an actor,” she says.
Talking about her character, she says, “I play ‘Gori Mem’ Anita Bhabhi’s character. I feel she one-of-a-kind Bhabhi on Indian TV. When all the heroines of Indian TV are poor innocent women crying for help all the time, battered by husbands and in-laws, Anita is wacky, bold, romantic, strong and independent. She breaks all norms of a stereotypical Bhabhi or a TV heroine. In such a male-dominated society if she has managed to steal peoples hearts, that shows our society is not all that regressive. She has shown the world that heroines can get TRPs even laughing and not just by crying.”
In fact, Saumya has a lot in common with her character. “I am strong and independent like Anita. I wish I could make all men dance around on my fingers, that doesn’t happen in real life. On-screen Anita has a house husband, who she keeps nagging to work. Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong if the wife works outside and a husband works at home. There are no rules in life. Equality is what I believe in and men and women should not be bound by stereotypes,” she says.
The show is also close to her heart as it has given her the chance to work with Binaifer and Sanjay Kohli. “Producers have given me total freedom to work as an actor. I had requested them to let me style myself for the show and they allowed me. The clothes of my character are loved and they stand out and is very different from whatever one sees on TV. They trusted me and they never interfere. Also, they have given me one of the boldest, strongest and an independent TV heroine’s role, which is very rare on Indian TV. Their shoot is always on time and we hardly ever do overtime work. Their shoots are organised and efficient which is a boon for daily soaps since we work every day,” she says.