I don't want to play the same roles: Jaya Bhattacharya

By HT

Mumbai, June 5 -- She became a household name with her portrayal of Payal in the popular show, Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi... (KSBKBT), but post that, Jaya Bhattacharya's endeavour has been to do roles that don't fall in the same category.

As a result, over the years, the TV actor has become quite selective about the characters she essays. "I was on a break for almost two years.

Once you get typecast in a role, it is tough to break out of that mould. I get several offers to play characters like Payal. But I don't want to essay the same role again. It was new back then, and clicked with the audience, but to do that again isn't appealing to me," says Jaya. During her break, even though she didn't take up any acting assignments, the actor worked with her brother Sidharth Mazar, who is a director, producer and writer on various shows on Doordarshan (DD).

"I learnt a lot about the behind-the-camera action. That was quite interesting," she says. With her experience of working on both mediums - DD (a government-run channel) and a General Entertainment Channel (GEC) - Jaya has now got a good understanding of their respective reach and appeal. Approvals for even the smallest changes in a show are needed while working on a show for a GEC.

On the other hand, there is a lot of creative liberty while working with DD. Sometimes people even misuse this advantage, and try and get low-quality shows passed. But my experience has been satisfying," says Jaya Bhattacharya. In fact, the actor doesn't even mind not having done too many shows on GECs. "They are popular in towns and cities while DD has a wide reach in villages as well. While shows on DD grow in their story graph, shows on GECs start off on a different note, but soon turn into saasbahu sagas, and then simply stretch on.

People who might read this might feel I'm being ungrateful and blunt about things, but these are the facts. I have been part of shows on both channels and realised so," she says. Jaya is currently doing a show on a popular channel, where she plays a mother-inlaw, but she is glad that it isn't outright negative. "I am glad that it's not a role for which I have to make faces. It is a realistic and balanced role. The writers are making an effort to make the script interesting."