Rakshanda, who is currently seen as the antagonist, Damini, on ‘Durga – Mata Ki Chhaya’, says, “In the last six years, my way of working has changed a lot. After marriage and motherhood, my priorities shifted naturally. I have consciously taken many breaks to ensure that my child gets enough attention and I don’t miss out on my time with her. My husband (actor Sachin Tyagi) works for about 20 days a month. Hum dono hi gaayab rahenge toh bahut mushkil ho jaayegi. Enaya is never alone, as my mother-in-law stays with us and my mother lives close by. Still, the first day of the shoot is never easy, there are tears on both sides. This time, too, we cried as if kisi ki bidaai ho rahi ho (laughs!).”
Ask what prompted her to take up a role with grey shades, and she replies, “Some roles are so tempting that if you let go of them, you would end up being jealous of the person who eventually plays it. Damini in Durga is one such role. Usually, most TV shows revolve around the lead pair, but in this one, the third character is as pivotal.”
While most small-screen actors are image-conscious, Rakshanda says that she loves to play negative characters. “There is so much more scope to perform, and it gives you a chance to experiment. Positive characters ko saara time rona dhona padta hai. I have done my share of rona dhona, abhi woh nahi karna hai mujhe. I love playing the antagonist now,” she explains.