Smilie Suri breaks girl-next-door image with `Jodhaa Akbar`

Updated: Jun 26, 2013, 08:36 AM IST

Mumbai: Actress Smilie Suri, who is all set to make her small screen debut with ‘Jodha Akbar’, says her character as the Mughal emperor`s first wife Ruqaiya Begum will help her break the girl-next-door image.

Smilie, who made her Bollywood debut with 2005 film ‘Kalyug’, fell ill soon after signing Zee TV`s historical show ‘Jodha Akbar’, produced by Ekta Kapoor.

"Over the last few years, I was offered TV shows, but I declined them. This one`s not a saas-bahu show and the role of Ruqaiya is also very different. It helps me break away from the girl-next-door image created by my Kalyug character," Smilie, who is director Mohit Suri`s sister, said in a statement.

"The commute from Mumbai to Karjat for the shoot can be pretty taxing, so I was in two minds initially but the character is not only interesting, it has different layers and substance. Ruqaiya is an important part of Akbar`s life. She was his best friend, almost like his mirror. I`m just waiting to get out of the hospital and start shooting," she added.