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Exclusive Chat | Actress Tassnim Shaikh aka Rakhi Dave of Anupamaa gets candid on the show & more


Actor Tassnim Shaikh, who plays the role of Rakhi Dave of Anupamaa, says that she loves the way her career has panned out. The actor has been part of the industry for many years now and says that she is proud of the roles that she has done.  

“I had a beautiful journey. I started working in 1997, and since then, it has been a very smooth and beautiful journey. God has been very kind, and I never experienced a roller coaster ride in my career. So far, I have done some amazing characters on very good shows on Indian Television that people still remember. I am very thankful for this television industry as it was here that I found my husband, my family, and this television industry has become my family too. My journey has been very happy and nice, and today when I look back, I can smile with all my heart,” she says.   

Ask her which roles are closest to her heart, and she says, “The first name that comes to my mind is Jyoti from Kkusum, where I played a positive role. Jyoti was exactly like how I am in real life and so playing her role was never a performance for me. When I entered this industry, I was slightly scared and nervous but had many hopes to prove myself and was very hardworking.”

“I was similar to how Jyoti was and I will always remember Jyoti for this reason. Secondly, I always remember Renuka from Kumkum. This was a negative character, but that was also a game-changer to me. Playing this negative character created a whole different image of me in the industry and the perspective changed. To date, I am doing negative roles. Mohini is a character that I still miss and was the most loved negative character on TV.” 

Rakhi Dave of Anupamaa:

“The feedback and the responses that I used to get for her are similar to what I get now for Rakhi Dave. Rakhi Dave is one such character that I will cherish, and she is one of my favourites. Rakhi Dave is a strong-headed person who cares for her child and wants to maintain standards for herself and her family. She is one such negative character who is supported and loved despite being dark. And, of course, Ruqaiya Begum was my first character in a costume drama, and I loved her. Through her, I experienced the aura of a surrounding like Sheesh Mahal and be the queen. I wanted to feel that era, and the set was so beautiful that I have no words but to cherish all the memories which are close to my heart.”   

Tassnim feels blessed to be part of Anupamaa. “I took up this show just because it belongs to Rajan Shahi’s productions. He is one producer who I wanted to work with. After my daughter was born and I took a break. I saw the journey of Rajan Sir as a producer with the content he has made for the television.” 

“So, I wanted to make a comeback with his production and I am so grateful. When I got the briefing of this character, I was still not sure whether I should do it or not as it was not in the main family. And all the characters who I have taken up to date have belonged to the main family. But I followed Rajan Shahi sir’s conviction as he said, ‘Tassnim, you should take this. You will enjoy it, and I said yes to it. And I am so thankful to have believed him. Today, the cast and crew are like my second family, and I love shooting and being on the sets” 

She adds, “For any actor, the success of the show means a lot and thank god. I have been blessed for being part of one of the best shows. All my shows have been super hits and have performed well and topped the TRP charts. I feel like a blessed child to have been a part of such wonderful shows in my journey. Be it Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kkusum, Kumkum or the current one Anupamaa.” 

So, this was all about the character Rakhi Dave of Anupamaa. Stay tuned to Bollywood Hush for the latest entertainment news. 

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