New York, May 5 : British-Indian actress Sarita Choudhury, known for her ingenue portrayals, would now be seen in a role of a tradition-bound mother in her new play Rafta, Rafta.
The 41-year-old actress, known for her roles in 'Mississippi Masala' and 'Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love' would be playing the bride's conservative mother.
"It's taken me a while to adjust," the New York Daily News quoted Choudhury, as saying.
"My early acting was ingenue stuff. I've always played the younger generation, so it's comical for me to be playing what I rebelled against. But as I get older, the roles get better," she added.
Choudhury would be seen as a middle-aged mother wearing dowdy glasses.
"I didn't want the glasses to do the acting, but wearing them all the time made me feel a little bit uglier. When I see myself, I think I look a little like a prime minister," she said.
The play has been written by Ayub Khan-Din and revolves around a pair of newlyweds whose conjugal problems are magnified by living with the groom's parents, giving them little privacy as they deal with their inability to consummate the marriage.
It is based on a British comedy by Bill Naughton, transplanted to London's Indian immigrant community.
Choudhury said that beyond the obvious sex jokes, the play focuses on traditional values against the urge to modernize, with children confronting parents in an inevitable clash of hopes and dreams. The struggle is typical of - but hardly unique to - Indian culture.