Dusky beauty, Mitaali Nag, who is playing a traditional mother in new Colors show, Roop – Mard ka Naya Swaroop, is a very practical, modern Indian woman in life. “I respect family, and yet believe that a woman should have her own space. As a mother, it is important for me to make sure that my son is raised the right way.”
“Apart from flexible hours, I also take him to work. Since Rudransh is with me, I am not really worried as to what is happening back home; and in a way, he will get a feel about what his mom is doing. It is very important for me to be there for his formative years. He being on set does not affect my work as he is with my Maasi in my makeup room. On floor, I am a thorough professional, like any other artist.”
“I wonder why people are talking about me taking my child to work. If a minister in a foreign country can take her daughter to parliament which is her work place, why can’t I take my kid to work? Working women are mothers too; so society and work space managers should create more enabling environments. This is the need of the hour.”
Looking ahead, she is open to more different kind of roles in TV, web and cinema as well (she has done a social drama, Afsar Bitiya, thriller, Code Red, and mytho, Draupadi).
She was last seen in Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3. “I took up that role, more as testing waters, to see if I can handle both child and work. I could manage well, and now I am all set for another long innings.”
What is your definition of an ideal man? “Well, there is no single definition of an ideal man. Each woman has a different expectation from her partner, like non-comprising, respect, trust and fidelity.”
“For example, I love that my husband sports a moustache; recently he talked about shaving it off, I told him, I like him the way he is. In the same vein,other women may like clean-shaven men.”
Can we see you doing a kind of image makeover, as many small-screen leading ladies are doing?
“At the moment, there is no need of an image makeover. People who know me are already aware of my glamorous side. It is different that most of my characters have seen me as a demure but strong woman. People still remember me from Afsar Bitiya.”
“Coming back to your point, you might see my sexier avatar in award functions or events. Wearing skimpy clothes or showing off my body on screen is out of my zone. Here, I wish to re-emphasize that each woman is free to dress as she wants. I will never comment on others.”