Noted actor Supriya Pathak says she was initially uncertain about playing the role of Hansa Parekh in “Khichdi”. The actor, who is all set to reprise her role of Hansa, a lazy housewife who loves dressing up, in the third season of the show, says she was initially offered both the characters — Hansa and Jayshree, who controls the management of the house but enjoys gossip. The role of Jayshree was played by Vandana Pathak.
Producer J D Majethia and Aatish Kapadia had left the decision on Pathak about which role she would like to play. “I thought that usually people who have dialogues are shown more on television, the camera is on them. Hansa doesn’t do anything, Jayshree does a lot of things and even talks a lot. I was in a dilemma,” the actor said.
Pathak says she eventually tried seeking the advice of actor-husband Pankaj Kapur, who told her to go by her instincts. “…He said I should go by what I love. I liked Hansa, I have never played a mad part. My mind had to be switched off to play Hansa and it was going to be a challenge and a new experience altogether,” she says. “Pankaj told me go with my gut feeling. So I went for Hansa. I immensely enjoyed playing her,” the actor adds.
In the show, Hansa is always richly dressed and cannot live without her ‘gajra’ (flower garland) in her hair. Pathak says she was particular about getting Hansa’s look right. “I was very finicky about Hansa’s look. I have never been like this as far as the look is concerned, for any other character. Hansa cannot be not co-ordinated with what she wears — sari, jewellery, mogra (flowers).