Archana Puran Singh: For creative satisfaction, it is films and for the money, it’s television
Archana Puran Singh has been fresh in every 90’s kids memory as Mrs Breganza from KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, post that she has entertained us many films and Tv shows, she is one woman who can make you laugh at any given point. From being funny to donning serious roles she has aced it.
Archana has judged various standup comedy shows on TV and will now be seen on TV playing a pivotal role in My Name is Ijj Lakhan. In this show she will be sharing screen space with her husband Parmeet.
In conversation with Archana Puran Singh as she shares what make her come back to comedy as an actor and her chemistry with her husband professionally.
Excerpts from the interview
After a considerable time gap you are coming back in a show, tell us something about your show?
My Name Ijj Lakhan is about fight between the good and the bad depicted through the story of a son and his father where the son is ‘bad’ and the father is ‘good’. And then there is a ‘greyarea’ which is me, the mother, who sees the point of view of both the son as well as the father. The series demonstrates whether it’s the good that wins at the end, or the bad. My character in the show is called Pammi, mother of Lakhan,and is born and brought up in Punjab. Although settled in Mumbai with her husband, since many years, they have retained all their cultural and ethical values. My husband is a teacher in the show and I share a very wonderful relationship with him but when it comes to our son, we always clash . In the show, I adore my son a lot and I am quite biased towards him. I look at him with rose tinted glasses, even though he is a goon. On the other hand, my husband sees him from the point of view of “My son has gone wrong and I must set him right.” My character tries to be the balance between the son and the father as she loves them both.
You are sharing screen space with your husband,tell us something about it?
Honestly speaking, sometimes it’s a little scary that we are in such a close relationship in reality, of a husband and wife, how would it be in the reel life! However, Parmeet and I do so much of our other creative work together, like writing, and make a very good team off-screen. I’m sure it’s going to translate the same way on screen. We are, both, looking at the workspace as two professionals where just because he is my husband doesn’t mean that I will take him for granted in a scene and vice versa. When we are on the set, it is all very professional; but once the “Cut” is announced, we go back to being husband and wife like having food and chai together in our vanity van, which is like a little house for us. So overall, it’s a very nice mixture of having that comfort of our personal relationship. It is also very exciting as we are exploring a new area, together.
You have worked on many reality shows and are now working for a fiction show. What is the difference between the two?
I actually started my career with fiction shows like Mr. Yaa Mrs., Shriman Shrimati, Junoon, Aasmaan se Tapki, Saamne Waali Khidki Mein and many more. Fiction is something I love as it gives me the chance to perform as an actor. The creative juices that flow doing a fiction series is something that really excites me about working in My Name Ijj Lakhan as I can portray a character, specifically a comic character, which I love to do. So, I’m very excited about doing this show. According to me, the difference between the two is that in reality shows, participating is very stressful and judging is not as much fun as acting in a fiction show. For me, a perfect combination is fiction with comedy and that is what My Name Ijj Lakhan is about.
Which medium do you prefer more, TV or films?
For creative satisfaction, it is films and for the money, it’s television.
Which is your favorite character amongst all the characters of MNIL?
I love Lakhan’s character. I think it’s a brilliant character to play and Shreyas is extremely lucky to be getting a wonderfully comic and complex character. What I noticed during the promoshoot is that he is a very disciplined and dedicated actor and I have no doubt that he is going to do justice to the role. So, I’m very excited to see the character of Lakhan being portrayed on the screen by Shreyas.
Archana Puran Singh and Parmeet Sethi