MUMBAI: Actress-politician Smriti Irani shared an emotional note of gratitude on Instagram on her hit show 'Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi's 20th anniversary.
Irani revealed that she was almost rejected from the lead role as the makers believed that she was not talented enough.
Ekta Kapoor then approached her to know why she didn't unleash her potential as an actress and Irani asked if she can play the character as she deems fit instead of being told how to emote.
'Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' is one of the longest-running TV shows and at the time. Irani played the lead role of Tulsi Virani.
Irani thanked creative director Monisha Singh, Ekta Kapoor, and her co-star Ronit Roy.
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20 years ago this was possibly one of my first scenes with Sudha Aunty. I raced through my lines ,nervous as hell coz @ektarkapoor was called to the shooting floor by the director who told her the project was a sure shot flop since the girl cast as Tulsi did not have the talent to see it through. Upon enquiring why I was not unleashing my full potential as an actor I told her “ can I play the character as I deem fit instead of being told how to emote?” I promised her I’d take help of every colleague possible if I felt I can’t measure up alone. EK said done and the rest was TV history. Today 2 decades later in absentia I say thank you for the belief @ektarkapoor , thank you @monishasinghkatial for first refusing to cast me & then supporting me all the way. Thank you to the ever changing Mihir from @amarupadhyay_official to dada @ronitboseroy . To kids like @karishmaktanna @ihansika @masumimewawalla @mounirooy & all those I have not been able to name. To bahus ranging from @gpradhan @shilpa_saklani_official & sons @meetsumeet18 @hitentejwani , Sandeep Baswana... & many more relationships I lived on screen who are friends for life. To @mandirabedi & @jaya.bhattacharya who were the best on screen villains possibly and absolute sweethearts off screen. Many more who were a part of the journey .. I cherish every moment & specially am grateful to the viewers who kept our passions alive.#20yearsofkyunkiisaasbhikabhibahuthi 🙏🙏🙏🙏