Veteran actor Sudha Shivpuri, lovingly known as Baa following her role in the hugely popular show, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, has sent her blessings and good wishes to Smriti Irani, the newly-appointed cabinet minister, whom she believes will carry out her duties with utmost dedication.
The ailing theatre, film and TV veteran is recuperating at her residence in Mumbai after suffering a stroke in December 2013.
She was even hospitalised for a little over two months, but currently, she can’t talk too much due to tracheostomy.
"I have just sent her my aashirwaad (blessing) — khoob tarakki karo (achieve a lot of success in life). And call me. Wish you all the love and luck’," she said.
Smriti, who is best remembered for playing the role of Tulsi in Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, ventured into politics in the year 2003 when she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was sworn in as a minister in the Narendra Modi government.
She has been entrusted with the Human Resource Development portfolio. Sudha said Smriti is "dedicated, hardworking, caring and well informed".
"She used to keep reading something or the other all the time on the sets," said Sudha, who also shared screen space with Smriti in another show Maniben.com.
"Smriti khoob bhalaa karegi (She will do a lot of good), and whatever she does, she will try her best to do it right and perfectly," she added.