Sneha Wagh on learning she’ll play Shivin Narang’s mother in Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Veera: ‘For 2 hours, I stayed in my vanity van’ [Exclusive]

Often, actors have to face challenges in scenes or while portraying the overall graph of their characters, which makes their job as interesting as it’s difficult. But that’s what makes it engaging to watch for the audience. In Indian television, we have seen a young woman in her 20s playing a mother to a toddler. But there are a rare few who have taken the risk of playing a mother to a guy about her age. Sneha Wagh, who is currently seen in Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram, has been there and done that already. BollywoodLife.com recently got in touch with the actress for a little chat and very fondly and patiently, she spoke to us about her characters and her shows and what makes her tick as an actress. Also Read – ‘It’s like making a Sholay,’ Sneha Wagh on why ‘Jyoti’ is relevant even after a decade [Exclusive]

We made Sneha recall her character of Ratanjeet Sampooran Singh from the TV show, Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Veera. Boasts about the character, she said, “She is a very strong character,” while emphasizing on the word strong. We asked what attracts her to such strong characters, and pat came the reply, “One thing I do understand is where I am right now. I have a platform where I can convey a very nice and simple message that women are not weak in any way. I feel that I can use this platform for spreading this message.” Also Read – ‘I am not scared of it,’ says Sneha Wagh as she resumes shooting for Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram [Exclusive]

“Secondly, I don’t know why, I have always been the choice for stronger characters. When they need a powerful actor for a show or an anchor of the story, I have been grateful that they have called me out for such roles. – a role that is very powerful. And I believe in inspiring than just entertaining. The ratio of inspiring is more than entertaining.” Also Read – International Day of Families 2020: Sneha Wagh, Tanvi Dogra and others reveal their special moments with their family members

Since Sneha played a mother to both a young kid and a grownup of her age, we asked her if she was scared of aging on screen so soon? “When I took up the show, I was hardly 23 or 24 years old. They had a 5-year kid and the story was so beautiful that I did not want to let go of the opportunity and I did it. The same writer (as that of Jyoti, her Hindi TV debut) had written the story. So, he called me and told me, “I want you to do this,” and I was like, “Are you sure?” He was like, “Yeah…yeah…yeah, I want you to do this.“ I said, “Okay fine.” And I read this beautiful story. It ran for one or one and half year with the kid, but when the kid was growing up, I thought it was just another phase of the show, you know.”

Then came the moment of realisation for which Sneha was not at all ready. “But when I saw them, they were actually my age. Shivin is my age and I was like, “Really?” I couldn’t believe it. For two or two and a half hours, I think, I stayed in the vanity van, trying to absorb what is happening. They did not disturb me, they did not ask me to come on sets. They said, let her take her time. But then, eventually, I realized that I have to go and shoot this. I was in complete denial mode. But I don’t know how I got over it. They told me, at least you are making a better product. But when it went on air, it was then that people started asking why was she playing a mother’s role to a guy her age and all those things.”

Sneha Wagh opened up on her phase after playing mother to Shivin Narang in Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Veera. “It created kind of an image around me. I was sulking. After Veera, people started offering me roles of a mother to a 40-year-old or 30-year-old, and I was like, “What is wrong, people? What is wrong with our industry? They were not even thinking that she doesn’t look that old. They were calling me for older characters. I was into a very bad phase at that time.”

However, Sneha like her character, is one strong individual. She picked up and carved her own niche in the industry. “But I overcame it, and I decided, if they want me to play a mother, then let me play a mother. And I chose so many different shades, that you can’t even cite one that’s similar to other. So, all my characters are different from each other and so colourful that nobody could even touch my hand in that. I was like, you want me to play a mother, I will play a mother, but to a younger kid with a different genre of the show. I never did the same thing. I went on and on and on and they had to accept what I want to do and not what they wanted me to do.”

When asked whether she still gets offered roles as a mother, Sneha, on a lighter note said, “Eventually, the age of the kid is getting lesser and lesser. So, now I am playing a mother to a 5-year-old.” Sneha currently, plays Mata Anjana in Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram.

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‘It’s like making a Sholay,’ Sneha Wagh on why ‘Jyoti’ is relevant even after a decade [Exclusive]

Sneha Wagh made her Hindi acting debut on television with Jyoti. The story of Jyoti was one of a kind and people could relate to it back when it originally aired in 2009. Amidst the lockdown, Jyoti started re-airing and is still getting the same adulation as it got back then. BollywoodLife.com got in touch with the actress for a little chat in which Sneha spoke about her journey in the industry and got to know a little bit more about Jyoti. Also Read – ‘I am not scared of it,’ says Sneha Wagh as she resumes shooting for Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram [Exclusive]

We asked Sneha about her thoughts now that the show is being re-aired after about a decade. Sneha is elated by seeing how Jyoti is still touching hearts and relating to her situation. “It was my first stint (on Hindi television). It has been such a long time, but people are still relating to it, watching it and loving it. I think it’s more than enough. It’s like making a Sholay, itne saal bhi ho gaye to bhi aaj log baith ke dekh rahe hai. (So many years have passed, but people still watch it.)” Also Read – International Day of Families 2020: Sneha Wagh, Tanvi Dogra and others reveal their special moments with their family members

When asked how Jyoti happened Sneha said that “Jyoti picked her.” The show was quite progressive at the time and dealt with various social issues subjected to women. “I think I did not choose the show, I think the show chose me. I think they were looking for Jyoti for like 7-8 months and suddenly their creative producer contacted me. She had seen in me in a Marathi television show. So, they tried reached out and I auditioned and within a week’s time (I think) I was finalised and I started shooting. It was not me choosing the show, it was Jyoti choosing me.” Also Read – Mother’s Day 2020: Urvashi Rautela, Sanya Malhotra, Himani Shivpuri, Shirley Setia, Sneha Wagh share their best memories [Exclusive]

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Sneha was in her early 20s when she began playing Jyoti. People her age usually opt for light-hearted TV shows like rom-coms or romance-dramas. We asked her about her frame of mind being so young and playing the lead in the show that was slightly higher on drama. “I was very young, but I was quite mature to understand what I was doing,” Sneha quips hesitantly while adding, “It was heavy on emotional stuff and I quite mature to understand what that person was going through. Yeah, people do choose lighter shows like out-n-out romantic show or a comedy show or something that is youthful. Maybe I was destined for the mature role.”

When asked about what kind of response she received back then and even now, Sneha added, “On a lighter note, first of all, I used to get a lot of marriage proposals. And secondly, it was not just women who related with the character, I think men also related with me. I used to get a lot of fan-mail, saying Jyoti (they used to call me Jyoti, her character name), we relate to this character because we are also handling the responsibilities of the family. Mostly, men were the ones who used to take responsibilities of the entire family. So, I used to get a lot of fan-mails from men saying that they could relate with the character.”

She went on to credit the writer and director for all the adulation and love. “I was lauded for the show, but I think the entire credit goes to the writer and the director of the show. The writer was so-so good that this character is actually is a real person in his life. He portrayed the character so well on paper, and from execution on sets, that it came to live. I was a new-comer, I didn’t know what I was doing at that time. I was just listening and obeying to what was given to me. If this show is so applauded and so well-received by the entire world, I think it’s only because of writing and direction. I was just a puppet,” Sneha humbly added.

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‘I am not scared of it,’ says Sneha Wagh as she resumes shooting for Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram [Exclusive]

This switch from lockdown to unlock has been a huge thing for everyone. Despite the pandemic being at large, slowly the shoots of television shows (that had been stalled) have resumed, however, with strict guidelines and directives. So, is the case with Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram. We got in touch with Mata Anjana aka Sneha Wagh. Sneha made her Hindi acting debut in and as Jyoti. The actress since then has come a long way and has given Indian television some very strong female characters. The shooting of Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram has begun with utmost precaution. BollywoodLife.com got in touch with the actress on the resumption of shoots and were inspired by her whole outlook towards the pandemic. Also Read – Best Dressed: Shehnaaz Gill, Kanika Mann, Sidharth Shukla leave us impressed this week with their fashion choices

When asked how it felt to be on the sets after such a long time, Sneha Wagh said, “It actually feels good though there is a lot of fear of getting infected. But, at the end of the day, I feel we all have to go through this to get immune to it. So, that was my first basic idea to get out of the house. First day, I was a little fearful but then I realised until and unless I don’t face this, I won’t get immune to it. Not that I have any weaknesses, nor am I unhealthy, thanks to God, I have got good immunity system, I have got good health and physique. So, ‘Let’s face it,’ was the basic idea. But otherwise, I feel really, really nice to be back on sets because this is something that I love.” Also Read – Bigg Boss 14: Amidst marriage trouble with Charu Asopa, Rajeev Sen approached for the reality TV show?

“After exactly 100 days, when I went on sets I realised, that I love this. I love my job and I can’t live without it. That’s the greatest feeling one can ever have,” Sneha revealed while adding that she is anyways a social-distancing person so, she waved and met everyone on the sets. Also Read – Happy birthday, Pearl V Puri: Karishma Tanna, Surbhi Jyoti and others wish the charming actor

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Sneha also highlighted one of the major changes that the pandemic has brought in the life of mankind, that is, cleanliness and hygiene. Elaborating the same, the Chandrashekhar Azad actress added, “There is a huge change in hygiene. Be it on sets or with regards to people working on sets and also with regards to food on sets, everything has changed. I feel this was basic necessity. Agar ye pehle bhi hum follow karte na, to shayd baat yahan tak nahi aati. Matlab situation kharab nahi hoti, (Had we been careful of maintaining hygiene since the beginning, the situation would not have been this bad).”

She also talked about how Indians have positively accepted the change with respect to hygiene. “So, I feel this is one of the most positive changes, because actually this is a huge thing for Indians who have been positively accepting importance of hygiene. Hum log ke desh mein, hum log ko aisa lagta hai, ki chalta hai (In our country and for us we think it’s all okay). But it’s okay to a certain limit. So, I think that is the best part.” She also highlighted the plight of crew members who have to remain in PPE kits all day which is very stuffy to be in. She added that they have sanitizers kept at every 2-meter distance and that their temperature and oxygen levels are checked every morning. She also added that they go through the sanitization booth as well.

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When asked about her state of mind after several actors like Parth Samthaan, Shrenu Parikh, Additi Gupta testing positive for COVID-19, Sneha said, “I had heard this through the ministry of health or some country, that this is a virus which will be attacking all. It’s up to us and our immunity to accept it and to fight it or to surrender to it. So, I strongly believe in that. The virus is going to affect everyone. It is up to our immune system as to how to fight it back. Baaki, mujhe uska darr hi nahi lagta. (I am not scared of it.) That’s just fit in my mind, heart right now.”

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Mother’s Day 2020: Urvashi Rautela, Sanya Malhotra, Himani Shivpuri, Shirley Setia, Sneha Wagh share their best memories [Exclusive]

There’s no question that no one in this entire world can love us as much as our mothers have. If the whole world turns against us, our mother will take on the world for us. So, while we’re flooding social media today with an outpouring of love for our mommy dears (which should frankly happen everyday), some of our famous Bollywood and TV actresses have exclusively revealed to BollywoodLife how their mothers have shaped their lives both personally and professionally, and how instrumental they’ve been in making them the person they are today. Also Read – Mother’s Day 2020: Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma pen heartfelt notes

Urvashi Rautela

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When talking about the turning point of life and how her mother supported her, Urvashi said, “When I won two international pageants back to back, ‘Miss Tourism World, China’ and ‘Miss Asian SuperModel’ in South Korea, she was always there throughout the journey. I still remember, when I had a hard time to figure out what I really want to do with my life, my career…what are my goals, dreams and am I on the right path or not, she was always there to motivate and support me, and I really feel lucky to have her. She is a complete, perfect woman. In fact, she is a superwoman, wonder woman; she isan all-rounder in terms of everything, be it cooking, dancing, singing, or business, beauty or makeup. All the DIY and desi-homemade skin remedies that I’ve learned have come from her. She is the true definition of a perfect Indian woman, and everything I’ve learned about life is from her. I feel really happy and blessed to be Meera Rautela’s daughter.”Sanya Malhotra

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Elaborating on how her mother still tells her to seek out different career options after having become a big-name actress, Sanya said, “My mother used to call me everyday after moving to Mumbai and would tell me to take up this course or join some distance-learning course and to please do my Masters, but, yeah…I didn’t do it. And those suggestions haven’t stopped till now. Even under quarantine, she told me to join an online class and complete my studies. Regardless what happens, whatever you become, what you may do, your parents won’t stop suggesting things to you.”

Himani Shivpuri

Veteran actress Himani Shivpuri, currently seen in the TV show, Happu Ki Ultan Paltan, as Katori Amma, strolled down memory lane with her mother, and said, “My mother just loved to travel and meet new people. If she was here among us today, I am certain she would have given all the travel bloggers a run for their money. We used to visit so many countries together when I travelled for work. I sometimes reminisce the time we spent at Benaras. It is my fondest memory of her. I was in the city for a theatre performance, and my mother accompanied me. She wanted to see the beautiful city and the Ganges. A day prior to the play, we went out exploring the city, took part in Ganga Aarti, lit diyas, and oh…it was so peaceful! The next day, she left us as she journeyed to the almighty. I will always remember her as a human being so full of life, with an extraordinary panache. Happy Mother’s Day, Maa.”

Shirley Setia

Opening on how her mother still makes sacrifices for her and is an integral part of her career to this day, Shirley elaborated, “I don’t think I could choose one memory with my mother as there have been so many moments growing up. It’s an ongoing thing, and every time she’s around me, we always have a great time and share many amazing moments together. I can;t choose any one; just, whenever she’s around, it’s the best moment ever. My mom has made a lot of sacrifices for both my brother and I. Even now, she’s doing the same thing being extremely selfless. She was supposed to get back to new Zealand in March; her normal life is back home — my dad is there, my brother is also there, but she stayed back just for me as she didn’t want me to be alone during this pandemic. I feel that moms are continuously making sacrifices in their daily lives for all of us and that’s what makes them really special. My mother has also been been a very big part of my career as from the very beginning she’s supported me immensely to follow my heart and do what make me happy and that’s always been the case. Even today, I share all my work-life aspects with her; she handles my work, too. So, she’s a very important and integral part of my career.”

Sneha Wagh

Passionately expressing her love for her mother, Sneha Wagh, who plays Mata Anjani in the TV show, Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram, said, “She is my only constant, who has tirelessly supported me throughout my life and career choices. Today, whatever I have been able to achieve it is with due credit to my mother. Right from pestering me to join classical dancing to accompanying me on my shoots since my young days, she knew what my qualities were and she gave her all to me. She let her dreams stand behind the stage for she wanted the curtains to rise for me. There is no force stronger than that of a mother in this universe, and there will never be. Every day is her day, every day is Mother’s Day!”

A Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. There’s truly no one like y’all.

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