Balancing Act: Saumya Tandon
You are back on the sets of Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain post your maternity break. How does it feel? Did you notice any changes?
Yes, I’m back on the sets of Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain, and I took this decision after some deliberation. There is nothing that has really changed for me; I kind of slipped back into the role. Thankfully, I was back in shape. I have a very supportive team, my producers are extremely good. Also, we have a very good shooting culture. We don’t really shoot over time, and we are quite organised in that sense. However, I resumed very soon after my delivery, which was a huge challenge for me.
For a woman, life certainly changes after welcoming a little one. Tell us how have you been spending your days with your child.
It is a very challenging job for any working woman who has become a new mother; to be able to balance home and work life and give time to the child as well. I have been able to do it because I am blessed with a very supportive family and producers who I’m working with. Once I am back home, I do not have any social life or personal time for myself as everything in my life revolves around the baby. Also, I have organised and disciplined my time of the day very carefully to be able to manage everything.
You have been constantly working in television for so many years. People liked your role as Roop in Jab We Met. Are you looking forward to movies or the digital space?
Well, I would say I didn’t really have a very major role in Jab We Met. Honestly, it was my first project and I was too young. But, I am glad that the film was a wonderful experience. However, now, I would like to do something substantial as I am not really keen to do small roles in films. As far as the digital space is concerned, I would definitely like to venture into that. The masses are rejecting the stereotypical formula films and people are coming up with new ideas and scripts. I am keeping my eyes and arms open for such opportunities.
Now that you are back in perfect shape, tell us about the fitness regimen that helped you achieve it. How difficult is it to follow, considering your odd working hours?
A lot of people actually find it startling that I was back in shape in just four months. It was not easy. It was a very conscious effort. I started walking 10 days after my delivery. I started with a lot of small exercises just to get my core strength back. I was very regular and disciplined even in my last month of pregnancy. So, I did not allow the extra weight to add up. Coming from an acting background where you need to look presentable, I did not want to look unfit. I was constantly doing at least one hour of exercise. I started very slow, I didn’t do very heavy exercises, but I think I was consistent. For me, consistency works more than extreme levels of exercising. At the moment, with work it’s a little tough, but I still try and exercise at least thrice in a week.
Apart from acting, you started your career with anchoring. If given a chance, would you like to do it once again?
I am very much open to anchoring. Last year, I was a part of an anchoring show. Also, I keep taking anchoring projects as and when they come. So hosting for me hasn’t stopped at all. It’s not like I have to choose between acting or anchoring, I can do both simultaneously.
Tell us how do you maintain an equilibrium between your work life and personal life.
I wouldn’t claim that it’s perfect. It’s very challenging, but as I said that I just gave up on everything else. My work and my family are my priorities. Nothing else really interests me at the moment, because of the excitement and the attention my baby needs. Having said that, I believe, I also need him as much as he needs me.