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From Love Story to Left Right Left!
Srabanti Chakrabarti | March 13, 2008 13:01 IST
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Remember Deeya Chopra? The bubbly girl, who made her debut in Anurag Basu's Love Story, is back in the spotlight as Vidya in SAB TV's show Left Right Left.
"I play a bubbly girl, who is the brightest among the lot in the military academy. But she has a very sad past," she explains.
Deeya was marketing associate in The Times Of India, before the acting bug bit her. Sister of actress Reshmi Chopra, Deeya says, "Left Right Left is very different. I enjoy my work. We have a young group in the show, who are guided by seniors. Recently, we went to Alibaug for an outdoor schedule. Initially, I was feeling uncomfortable, but thanks to everyone else in the team, I was fine in no time! Everybody in the unit is very caring. I am learning slowly."
But Deeya says she missed a good role in a Ranbir Kapoor [Images] film, under the Yash Raj Films banner because of some date problems. "I don't have any regrets since television is an equally strong medium these days," she says. "I am waiting for the best to come!"
While Deeya has no qualms about leaving a film to work in the small screen, Joy Sengupta believes in just the opposite.
He feels television is restricting his growth as an actor, as the medium does not have creative freedom to do various roles.
Joy enjoyed success in television where his role in Bhabhi was well-received. The actor, who was last seen in Kajaal, however, is not interested in television any more.
"I am working in a multistarrer film, Sujoy Ghosh's Alladin," he says. "I play the father of the child, Alladin. The film is taking time due to it's big star cast.
"I will also start shooting for a Bengali film Chaturanga, written by Rabindranath Tagore and directed by eminent theatre director Suman Mukhopadhyay," says Joy, who is well known for his portrayal of Gandhi in the play, Sammy.
"Currently, I am doing Kanyadan with Vijay Tendulkar (playwright) and very soon, we are going to Malaysia and USA with our team," he concludes.
Did you know that Astha Chaudhary, who is currently starring in Babul Ka Angan Chootey Na, is actually a software engineer from Alwar?
The pretty girl preferred the bright lights to writing code for a multinational company and shifted to Mumbai nine months ago to pursue her dreams.
"I have not asked for a single penny from my parents after I shifted to Mumbai," says the Saat Phere and Raakhi star.
Ask her about Ekta Kapoor [Images]'s banner Balaji Telefilms [Get Quote] and Astha says, "Balaji is like the Karan Johar [Images] banner in television. Many actors will disagree with Balaji but still, they all want to work with them. I got a few offers from Balaji but they never materialised due to some problem or the other."
Right now, however the 20-something girl is very excited about her new show, where she will be seen getting married soon.