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I'm a toy, as they will play with me I will get played, says Daljeet Soundh

Daljeet Soundh in conversation

TV's favorite Daadi and Nani, Daljeet Soundh, was in the city for the promotion of her upcoming serial, Guddan-Tumse na ho paayega when she talked her heart out. Originally hailing from Amritsar, the veteran actress is of the strong opinions on the present case Punjab and the film industry. She says, "Back there in Mumbai, people do not take much notice of what you have done, they respect what you are doing currently for their particular platform. They respect the talent. I feel like I'm a toy with whom they play and I get played along", further she adds, "In Punjabi cinema, I feel people are not professional enough, no doubt they are achieving heights, but, what they need to focus on is professionalism, then only I would think of working with Punjabi cinema."

Daljeet says that she shifted to Mumbai in the year 2001 to take her last breath over there. She elaborates, "I went to Mumbai not in search of becoming an actress but to die. I had some personal setback that I was dealing through when I sold everything in Amritsar and shifted to Mumbai. I brought a home just next to a cemetery, just, in case. I'm not married and don't have any kids and people around me said that you are out of your mind staying at such a lonely place. I told them that's my whole point. But, my destiny had something else written for me. My friends from theatre guided me a lot how to do auditions and then I bagged my first short role in the serial Sanjeevani."

She furthe expreses her love for Chandigarh, "If I have to choose between Mumbai and Chandigarh, I will choose Chandigarh. The planned city is certainly one of the best in the world. During, my initial days, in 1960's, I used to come to the city for doing plays in Tagore Theatre and roam around the city to enjoy the food. I love Gacchak from the city and this time too would take some back to Mumbai with me."

Daljeet requests that the youth who is nowadays targeted towards drug addiction to not be a part of it. She says she can only pray to God almighty that the estranged youth be back to their original self and Punjab restores its original form and not be remembered for negative aspects. She talks about doing charity as well, "I have adopted a few families who did not have the amenities to live a good life. I want that everyone should have a good lifestyle which they should deserve. At least the amenities that are important for every life like roti, kapda, makaan should be given to them, if I'm capable of providing it."

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