Alia Bhatt's mother Soni Razdan to return to small screen after eleven years
While Alia Bhatt is dominating the box office with consecutive hits, her mother Soni Razdan is gearing up to return to the small screen after a long gap of 11 years.
She was last seen in the television show Aisa Des Hai Mera in which she played the antagonist.
Now, she will be seen playing a queen, Rajmata Rajeshwari Singh Ranawat in the tentatively titled soap Utre Na Rang Mahi.
Bollywood Life reports that she will be seen sharing the screen space with Keith Sequeira, Sanjeeda Sheikh and Sara Afreen Khan. Razdan will play mother to Sara's character in the show that will be directed by Siddharth P Malhotra.
She is currently shooting for the show in Rajasthan. While she was initially apprehensive about returning to the small screen because of how demanding the television industry is, Alia convinced her to do so.
Pune Mirror quotes Razdan as saying, "“There’s nothing of a royal lady in me in real life. You see me mostly in jeans and tees. When Siddharth called, I wasn’t interested in television as it’s a lot of hard work. But the subject piqued my curiosity and since my next directorial, Love Affair, has been delayed, I took up the offer."
She adds that Love Affair has been put in the backburner because of its escalated costs. Since it is a period drama, it demands large-scale production that the production house was not in a state to provide. Thus, Razdan decided to save the film for the future.
Razdan has earlier acted in television shows like Ramesh Sippy's Buniyaad, Saahil, Junoon and Aur Phir Ek Din. As far as direction is concerned, she has helmed films like the 2005 film Nazar, starring Ashmit Patel, that tanked at the box office. She has also acted in films like Aparna Sen's 1981 film 36 Chowringhee Lane, her husband Mahesh Bhatt's 1984 film Saaransh and most recently, Sanjay Gupta's 2013 film Shootout at Wadala.