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I'm excited to play queen Kaikeyi on screen: Shikha Swaroop

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Swaroop rose to fame with her titular character in costume drama 'Chandrakanta' and said unlike her previous characters, she is happy to do the role because it will give her enough scope to perform as an actress.

"I am excited about my role of Kaikeyi. I think essaying a warrior queen with shades of grey calls for an air of regality, poise that comes only with power, strength of character and a stern body language.

"When my friend Meenakshi Sagar (producer) approached me for the role, I was completely amazed. She told me that I am perfect for the role because Kaikeyi was from Bali and I also have the same appearance," Shikha told PTI.

The 30-episode series that airs from today has been recreated by late Ramanand Sagar's granddaughter Meenakshi and it will be telecast in a simple language for the youth to understand.

Shikha, who was crowned Miss India in 1988, said she has an inclination towards period dramas and that is the reason she has not signed on fiction or reality shows so far in her career.

"Subconsciously I do have an inclination towards costume dramas, because probably I love getting ready and wearing all the jewellery. I read a lot about spirituality and Indian culture. I enjoy the regality that a costume demands. I do it with ease but I must say wearing all this is very cumbersome," she added. (MORE)

  

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