‘Fans tell me, we love you as Ichcha, don’t want to see you in a monokini on social media’
Tina, who become a household name with her show Uttaran, points out that her fans still remember her as Ichcha and Meethi from the show. She says, “For an actor, it is not difficult to move on to the next character, but when you are doing a daily soap and that too for a good number of years, the character is etched in people’s hearts. And to wipe that off and accept you as a different character becomes very difficult. Even today, if I put a picture of me wearing a monokini or a bikini on my social media, people comment that ‘we love you as Ichcha, we don’t want you to wear a monokini on social media. Ichcha kaise aise kapde pehen sakti hai and all that’.”
Tina, who takes the inputs with a pinch of salt, adds, “Aapko achha lagta hai ki aaj bhi log aapko pehchante hai uss character ki wajah se. Kabhi kabhi aisa lagta hai ki why can’t they accept me in a different character or in western wear.”
‘There was no work for over a year during the pandemic; it hits you hard’
Talking about the way how she handles the ups and downs while working in showbiz, Tina says, “Everyone gets frustrated, but ups and downs are part of life. When the pandemic hit hard, there was no work in the market for 1.5 years, and I was at home doing nothing until I bagged some web series. So, at times, it drives you nuts. You wake up and you are like a lost puppy because your life revolves around acting. But you have to accept it gracefully, you have to have patience, and tell yourself that things will fall in place.”
The actress says she is currently focussing on web series, but doesn’t mind taking up a project on TV whenever she comes across something exciting. “Web series end in two months and you get to portray new characters. You can experiment a lot as an actor with different characters and people don’t get that attached to a character either. My career started with TV and I will never ever say no to TV. Par character achha hona chahiye, channel achha hona chahiye, prime time hona chahiye, besides some other factors. If all that’s there, I’ll definitely give it a shot,” she shares.