Actress Meghna Naidu, who will next be seen as Hanan in TV show “Ek Maa Jo Laakhon Ke Liye Bani Amma”, says her role of the seductress finds its inspiration from veteran actress Rekha in “Umrao Jaan”.

“The unusual storyline and my character were the prime reasons I opted for this show as it is very different from the kind of shows one generally sees on television,” Meghna said in a statement.

“When I was narrated the role of Hanan, I agreed instantly. The role is something that I haven’t explored till date. It’s got grey shades. The look and mannerisms of Hanan are inspired by Rekha’s ‘Umrao Jaan’. I’m really excited to play Hanan, as after a long wait, I’ve bagged such a powerful role,” she added.

Meghna, who will enter the show next week, will be seen as a character who falls in love with Parvez (Shawar Ali) and will pose a threat to leading lady Zeenat’s (Urvashi Sharma) relationship with him.

“For the first time, I’m playing a character which is neither a demon nor a historical one, but just a simple and a strong role. Hanan is a sensual and bold lady, who is affable and fun loving. She isn’t harmful, but people often get offended with her conduct,” Meghna said.

Talking about her preparations for the role, Meghna said: “I’m putting in a lot of effort to get under the skin of the character. I’m working really hard to get the body language, the demeanour and tone right.

“Additionally, to get a better understanding, I’ve done an extensive research and watched ‘Umrao Jaan’ a couple of times to understand how the role can be portrayed effortlessly.”

“Ek Maa Jo Laakhon Ke Liye Bani Amma” is aired on Zee TV.