Mouli Ganguly is one of the most popular, well-known, and glamorous actors of the Indian television industry. She shot to fame with the popular daily soap ‘Kahin Kisii Roz’ and had featured in numerous ad-films for big brands. We interviewed the lovely actress and she shared her thoughts on her journey, upcoming projects, her directorial dreams, and future plans.
1. Tell us about your Journey
I was always inclined towards art and dancing and used to participate in quite a few events in both school and colleges. I started my career eventually by doing TV commercials for brands like PEARS SOAP, CLOSE-UP, MAGGIE, PEPSODENT, RASNA, HORLICKS, ASIAN PAINTS, BRITTANIA, and MANY OTHERS. I worked with quite a few good brands and gradually got more and more interested in the field and the doors for acting opened up.
2. Was there any defining moment as such when you realized that you wanted to be an actor?
Not really. I wanted to be a director always, and also worked as an assistant director for a short period. Even now I wish to work on a project of my own someday. Well, to be honest, acting just happened to me.
3. What have you learned about yourself since you became a celebrity?
Celebrity is just a term for someone who people know and are familiar with. Otherwise, for me, I feel it’s a job that I do, which I love to do. The rest of the time, I lead a simple life.
4. What kind of role do you feel most comfortable with?
I like roles that are matured, layered, and strong. I don’t like doing flat characters without any layers or simply black-and-white characters.
5. Which character played by you is closer to your heart?
Shaina in Kahin Kisi Roz is close to my heart as it’s my first daily soap. That gave me the name, fame, and was the first stepping stone of my acting career. The best part is that I also met my husband there. But as an artist, if you ask me, I believe a role that will touch my heart as an actor is yet to come.
6. What challenges/obstacles did you face in your journey so far?
As a woman, there are the usual challenges that any woman would face in society and respective professions. As an individual, I am quite as private as a person. Now in the world of PR and social media to keep up with the upcoming trends as a private person, is perhaps the biggest challenge I face nowadays.
7. Who supported you to come into this field?
No one from my family belongs to this field. I kept working and learning from my mistakes and met people who believed in me and made me believe in myself.
8. What projects are you currently working on?
I just did a video album which is something new for me. The genre of the song is also different. So, right now I am looking forward to its release soon. Hope people like it too!
9. Who is your celebrity crush?
He is and perhaps always will be Robert Downy JR.
10. What is that one message you would give to your fans?
I would thank my fans for loving me, for being there. I will surely do lots of good work and interesting projects and not let you guys down.
11. What are your future plans?
As I said, I want to debut as a director someday.
12. What is your personal favourite performance?
I did a play, where I played a loud comical Punjabi character, which is very different from who I am and had never played such a character on screen. For this particular project, I had worked on the Punjabi accent with a tutor and it was fun and challenging
13. If you weren’t an actor, what would you have liked to be?
Hmm…..there were many dreams as a growing teenager…but I’m sure that would have been something related to art, dance, painting. That’s what I enjoy the most.
14. Can you tell me one favourite humorous story from your acting career?
I met my husband on the sets. We were shooting on a night shift for the title montage of Kahi Kisi Roz. He had asked for a lift and I refused!
15. Is there a role you have not played but would like to someday?
Actually, there are many well-written, well-sketched roles with good directors are in my wish list.
16. Which of your roles was the most challenging for you to capture?
I did this film Raincoat with Rituparno Ghosh starring Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai which received a national award. It was a realistic genre compared to the daily soap world. For me to blend into the realistic no make-up world of art cinema was challenging. I always wanted to work on such a project and I am glad about the help and guidance of such a good director I could portray it. This was the lovely discussion and tête-à-tête session we had with the glamorous and highly talented actress Mouli Ganguly. We are surely waiting for her upcoming projects as well, and wish her all the best for them.