Supriya Pilgaonkar is still remembered as the chirpy 'bahu' of yester years' DD show Tu Tu Main Main. But she has come a long way since then. After her stint on TV in the reality show Nach Baliye with husband Sachin Pilgaonkar, she won all hearts with her motherly presence in NDTV Imagine's Radha Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi. She is now seen as Manda Deshmukh the typical middle class Maharashtrian housewife of Sachin Deshmukh (Rajesh Shringarpure) in NDTV Imagine's Basera.
Supriya, herself a mother of a sixteen year old named Shriya, says, "Nowadays many parents forget to keep a check when they pamper their children. They go out of their way to fulfill every whim and fancy of their child. But I would just like to say one thing to parents- "Baccho ko apne baazuon ka sahara zaroor dijiyega, par apne baazuen nahi. (Do give your children the support of your shoulder but not your shoulder entirely)".
The talented actress insists that she took up the new show Basera as it deals with the problems of senior citizens especially when their children start considering them as a burden. She says, "Basera throws light on many heartaches that parents face, once their children are big enough to fend for themselves. It's common today in joint families for parents to start feeling lonely because the children treat them as if they are invisible!"
She further tells us, "In the show viewers will get to see through the eyes of my character Manda Deshmukh – the various troubles faced by parents whose children don't turn up the right way. Manda is so naive that when she comes to know of a certain 'shocking truth' , she is not able to digest it. She can't believe that in spite of the ethics she imbibed into her children, they grow up to be what they are."
So what message does Supriya want to give her viewers? She replies, "I would be true to this role just as in those I've done in the past. And I hope that through this show children get a proper perspective of things and develop a healthy mindset."
Reporter and Author: Susan Jose