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June 12, 2012

Dark Princess

Text by Nasrin Modak. Photograph by Evren D'souza. Styling by Shirin Salwan. Make-up by Stafford Braganza at Lancôme, India. Hair by Ayesha Mistry at Marise Marrel, Mumbai.

Anjum Farooki, the other woman in a top running TV serial, Balika Vadhu, says her character is strong, not negative

Hailing from a conservative family, it wasn’t easy for Anjum Farooki to convince her parents about taking acting as a career but now there is no looking back. From writing about celebrities to becoming one, “I have been on both sides of the fence and learnt from both professions – one of them being valuing my privacy.”

Her character as Gauri, in Balika Vadhu, that recently completing 1000 episodes has made her a household name but sometimes, she does miss “writing and the inquisitive side of being a journalist”. Now, Anjum uses acting as a passage for her creativity. “To me, Gauri’s character is not negative; she is just a girl who is obsessively in love with her husband. When I am complimented, I feel I’ve done justice to the role.”

At home, the foodie plays chef and indulges in reading and watching movies. “I cook and call friends over. I don’t like travelling but when I do, it’s to explore the local cuisine.” When stressed, Anjum plays with kids. “Their innocence helps me forget my worries. I don’t believe in planning, but I’ve always thought of becoming a scriptwriter.”

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