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Meri Durga gets surprise honour

New leading lady Srishti Jain overcomes challenges

Meri Durga gets surprise honour

The progressive sports themed 'Meri Durga' bagged the award for best children’s show at the ITA awards held earlier this month. The ITA (Indian Television Academy) awards is considered the biggest television awards night and the makers couldn't be happier for the appreciation among children and grown-ups alike. “It's a boost for the team. It's hard work to make a sports-themed serial happen in the midst of saas bahu sagas,” says producer Ravindra Gautam.

Meri Durga has been applauded for its related themes about education of the girl child and women's empowerment. “We've kept the family drama to a minimum and focussed on Durga's passion,” says Gautam.

It hasn't been an easy journey for leading lady Srishti Jain, who plays the title role either. It came to her when she had practically given up on an acting career after a series of failed auditions. “I was so exhausted, I took a break from auditioning. Just when I would've hanged up my boots, my first job, 'Suhani Si Ek Ladki' came knocking. I remember I recorded the audition on my phone. I had very little hope... and then it happened!” she says.

Like most women in front of the camera, Srishti went through body image issues. “I used to worry about the way I looked because I was plump. The audience's love and the lovable characters I was blessed to play, imparted confidence in me,” she says.

However, Srishti believes looks are important for actors and dropped a lot of weight before she transitioned from 'Suhani Si Ek Ladki' to 'Meri Durga'.

She is a lot more appreciative of people who've made it in the industry. “Although it looks glamorous on the surface, it's a tough job. Viewers see the finished episode on the tube at home, but they don't see the hard work that has gone into every scene. The making is the most beautiful part of the process for me,” says Srishti.

Srishti has now found a way of coping with the demanding schedules. “It took a toll on my health and sleep cycles when I started. It took me time to understand that it's all in the mind. If you believe in yourself, you can handle any situation,” she

The biggest perk of her job is being an influencer. “Fans motivate actors and vice versa. Thousands of people follow us closely so we have both, the power and the responsibility to influence them.”