Interview with Archana Puran Singh

Archana Puran Singh has been a prominent face in Bollywood.

For years, she has made us laugh in various avatars… Be it Miss Braganza from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Preeto from Mohabbatein or even Zohra in Bol Bachchan.

Even in negative roles, especially in films like Raja Hindustani, Archana’s presence is always felt.

Speaking of presence, India’s Laughter Queen returns to her throne as a judge on the highly successful comic show, Comedy Circus.

In a very candid tete-a-tete, Archana discusses what it feels like to be back on the show, her career and much more.

Today it is My Pleasure to Have a beautiful Conversation With

Archana Puran Singh

After being a celebrity what all you have learned about life

◆ I have learned that God gives you success with a responsibility. Your responsiblity is to remain humble and to help others who are not as blessed as you are.

Can you please share little about your first experience in Mumbai and how you started your career here

◆ The story of my coming to Bombay has been told hundreds of time. I came to Bombay when it was still Bombay and not Mumbai.

Just like its name much has changed in this city, some good, some bad. But I’ve made this city my karmabhoomi and it has given me a family, a home, a career, fans and a successful and happy life. I couldn’t have asked for more.

What are the challenges you had faced in your Jouney

◆ There were many challenges! The challenge was how to keep busy even when you’re waiting for the phone to ring, waiting for the call from a producers office.The challenge was to survive …. a young girl from a small town, alone in a big city. I turned 21 in this city, alone, no friends

I literally learnt to fend for myself here. Grew up here in the real sense. There were many other challenges which every newcomer faces, the challenge of earning enough to survive, make friends, get a break! So many.

Who had supported you in your Journey and what motivated you to pursue your career in the entertainment field.

◆ My parents were my biggest support. They encouraged me, especially my dad. He said if you’re convinced of something in yourself you owe it to yourself to go out there and become something.

He supported me financially also till I started earning. He also bought me my first apartment in Bombay. Unfortunately he isn’t alive anymore. I owe my entire career to his support , emotional and financial.

You was born at a Beautiful Place ‘ Dehradun’ which is called “City of Love”
How you would describe Dehradun

◆ I didn’t know Dehradun is called the city of love. I’ve always heard it being referred to as the “town with green hedges and grey hair”. It was a great place for retired people. And all houses were lined with green hedges. Hence the definition. The Dehradun of my childhood was indeed the green, peaceful, picturesque, sleepy little town it is famous as.

However over the years it has become the capital city of Uttarakhand and even though it has gained in importance and strategic significance it has lost much in beauty. Traffic congests the small town lanes and many rivers run dry. However it is still one of the best cities to live in… it is home. It is perfect. There can be no place like Dehradun. They say you can take a person out of Doon but NEVER take Doon out of the person.

Having worked in Movies, Television, Reality shows , which is your best experience

◆ After being a judge on a reality show for so long I realise how much I love acting in films and in series. My first love is acting. However I have enjoyed all phases of my career. Being in front of the camera is a high no actor can ever get enough of.

I have loved playing iconic characters like Ms.Braganza on film, Prema Shalini on tv, and right now I am happy being an integral part of an iconic show like The Kapil Sharma Show.

How does it feel to be back on TV after a long time
as a Judge in “The Kapil Sharma Show”

◆ I am happy being an integral part of an iconic show like The Kapil Sharma Show.

it feels great to be back on this show. It’s the same team as Comedy Circus. Almost all the actors and creative team has already collaborated with me on Comedy Circus. So I feel totally at home.

Even today people Remember you as Miss Braganza, Does this at least give you a sense of satisfaction as an Actor.

Ms Braganza gave me immortality in the memories of moviegoers. This only happens to very lucky actors.

I am surprised just how much people love this character and consequently me. It is gratifying to say the least

You had lent your voice to ZETA in Angry Bird 2 ,
how was that experience

◆ Giving my voice to the character of Zeta in Angry Birds 2 was a unique and unforgettable experience. It gave me the chance to create a character with ONLY my voice, something I’ve never done before. It was both challenging and creatively rewarding. I want to do more of this kind of work. I enjoyed it so much !!

What advice you would like to give to upcoming youth in the field of Acting.

◆ Today’s youth is empowered. It is dynamic. Very motivated. And today there are many platforms for aspiring actors to showcase their talent. If one is really determined to become an actor has a modicum of talent then there are hundreds of casting agencies which are giving great opportunities to the youth today to reach the eyes of producers who are looking for talent. So my advice is go out there, learn the craft of acting from a reputed school (there are quite a few) and then register yourself with casting agencies and agents. It’s a simple process now. ( In our time there were no such agencies or avenues. ) Many actors are being discovered through this simple process. Good luck

Thank you

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