"I never compartmentalized myself into one genre and medium" - Lubna Salim
In an exclusive conversation with us, we asked her about what she feels her character of Madhu brings to the table and what her opinion is about OTT platforms enabling one to connect with a broader and more diverse audience.
Published: Sunday,Dec 10, 2023 04:30 AM GMT-07:00
After spawning three successful and heart-warming seasons of Aam Aadmi Family, TVF and Zee5 are now back with yet another season of the much-loved nostalgia-loaded family drama, Aam Aadmi Family Season 4. As we know, every season has managed to showcase an entirely new cast with different issues and stories to show.
Veteran actor Lubna Salim plays the female lead, Madhu, this season, and in an exclusive conversation with us, we asked her about what she feels her character of Madhu brings to the table and what her opinion is about OTT platforms enabling one to connect with a broader and more diverse audience.
Were there any particular scenes or episodes that stood out to you as especially impactful?
I remember one finale where we were delivering the last speech on the occasion of Mr and Mrs Sharma's wedding anniversary. It was about what we have learned from this long life and our journey, taking the family along towards success and keeping the memories and expectations from the people who will come into our lives someday. I remember Himali and Georgie saying that we would take the scene in one go and I should say whatever I wanted to. After completing the scene, when we turned back, I saw the co-actors and other people started crying, and I started feeling emotional and awkward, too. This is a connection that Aam Aadmi family is all about.
The simplicity of life is complicated, and it can be as complicated and as simple as you want to make it. There are no hard-and-fast rules in this life, there are no books that you can learn from, and it’s not like this is wrong, and this is right. Life is wholesome; life is complete as we learn from our own examples.
What do you think Madhu brings to the family that makes her character unique and relatable?
One of the episodes details the normal middle-class family culture where we get married at the age of 20, have children at 25, and after that, raise the children and so on, as the Indian culture entails. Madhu is also one of those women who wanted to study but had to leave her dreams behind because she had to give attention to her family. Amazingly, Mrs. Sharma does not realize this until her friend taunts her that you used to be a topper and now you are a homemaker. But now, backed by her husband’s support, she wants to complete her education, get a degree and reinvent her own identity.
How has the OTT platform enabled you to connect with a broader and more diverse audience for the show?
For me, my journey as an actor was very exciting and thrilling, I never compartmentalized myself into one genre and medium. I’ve been doing a lot of Ads, OTT, serials, films, and theatre as well, where I belong as my life is all about. You always used to hear that films are different and TVs are different, but when I was sitting on one flight and then one man came and said, ‘Hi, you are Mrs Sharma’. I love your show, and I also make my family watch it because this is the only show that we can watch together. After listening to his words, I felt so honoured that people are loving us like this which is a win-win thing for us.
Our previous director, Mr. Apoorv Singh Karki, has beautifully developed this show from his heart, and it is a fact that all of us today are a family. We still connect; we are still in each other’s lives. I’m always aware of what Brijendra Kala, the children and Dadi are doing. So, it feels beautiful being connected in real life and not just being connected during the course of the film. The kind of bond that we have developed can be easily visible on screen and the audience also gets connected with us.
Aam Aadmi Family Season 4 has been streaming on Zee5 from 24th November 2023 onwards.