You have been juggling between many mediums of entertainment, looking back how do you describe your journey?
I started acting in movies when I was three and later took up acting as my career when I was into my teen but I’ve been juggling between the silver screen and small screen. During the ‘90s I acted in serials like Kudumbam, Marumagal and more and have done 40 to 45 serials on television. Later I did Anbe Sivam with Kamal Haasan so it’s like juggling between the two screens and there is always a shift in my career. There are still things to be accomplished and I’m on the road to achieve them. I’m happy that now after so many years people look up to me and like my work.
From acting, dancing and now a famous cook, how has life changed?
Day to day life is changing; life was different when my sons were kids now they are grown up and so life is just changing not by the age but by the living. With me being a participant in Cooku With Comali, my fan base has changed, now I have gained a lot of young adult fans who like and appreciate my work.
You have won the Cooku With Comali Runner up title, how happy are you?
I’m very happy with me winning the runner up title. The show was a complete entertainment and fun factor for me so I never saw that as a competition but yeah I’m happy.
How fun was it cooking with the Comalis? Tell us an interesting anecdote about the show.
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WOMAN OF METTLE
Full-time actress and a full-time mother, one wonders how she does it all and with so much passion; yet, one conversation with Uma Riyaz Khan is all it takes to know one can have it all! She is one of the few actors who love acting and takes cinema passionately and has shared screen space with some of the leading stars of Kollywood. For her acting is a craft and she proves her mettle every single time she’s on-screen and has been constantly juggling between many mediums of entertainment. The versatile actor speaks to RITZ about her career choices, her family life, and her experiences on and off-screen as a mother and much more.
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