Sanjeeda Sheikh, who is playing the protagonist Durga in Ek Hasina Thi has been working hard to get her Bengali diction right. The show is based in Kolkata and to make the ambience authentic the makers not only shot for a month in the city of joy, but also shot a durga pooja sequence which has Sanjeeda doing the Dhunuchi dance. Dhunuchi is an incense burner which is a flared shape earthern pot.
During durga pooja, people hold it in their hands to do aarati and even dance. Says Sanjeeda, "It's difficult as smoke is emitting out and one has to balance it properly. I love dancing and since I had never done Dhunuchi, I found it exciting to learn. It took about four days to shoot the sequence." As for learning Bengali, she says though she doesn't have to speak much in that language she made sure to perfect all the lines she had to say.
The actress mostly known for her bubbly, girl-next-door type of roles will be playing a serious and strong-minded girl, who is out to seek vengeance, in the serial. "She is also manipulative. The best part about this character is that it has several layers to it.
There are grey shades to it, which is challenging for an actor to perform," says Sanjeeda who has played a negative role in Kayamath. Ask her if the long wait for Ek Hasina Thi to come on air made her anxious, especially since her last serial Badalte Rishton Ki Dastaan had ended abruptly, and Sanjeeda says, "On the contrary I used all my holidays to enjoy. I took a break, went to US and had fun, because I knew, once it's on air, I will get no time to myself."