Nidhi Uttam enters Yeh Rishta…
Nidhi Uttam is playing the character of Nadini, Naitik's sister who is handicapped, on Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.
And though her costars tease her for having it easy because she is not
required to move around much on the show, Nidhi says that playing the
role has made her have even more respect for people with physical
TALKING about how she bagged the role, Nidhi says, "The audition I gave
was one of the toughest I've ever had; the lines, as well as the body
language, was difficult. I even told the person who took my audition
that it was hard but he said that I did a good job. I too was confident
that I would be selected. And sure enough, they called ma two days
later for the part."
The character of Nadini was affected by polio at
the age of 3. Nidhi says, "Since she was 3, Nadini has been undergoing
treatment. She is shown improving. Initially, she could not even stand.
Right now she is on crutches and in future episodes there is hope of
even more improvement."
"Nadini is very attached to her brother Naitik and her family has
hidden the fact that he is getting married. This is because they don't
want Nadini to feel bad as she too dreams of getting married. Even so,
she is a very strong character who does not want any sympathy," adds
Nidhi says that she has learnt a lot from her character. She says,
"Being a sportsperson, it was very though for me to act handicapped. It
was also painful to walk around with crutches and I got very depressed
because I understood how people suffer with them."
But her hard work has paid off, she says, "I have been getting good
responses from my friends and family. Though, my costars often tease me
saying that I can sit in one place and shoot. But it is not easy at
The actress is now comfortable with the Yeh Rishta… team as she has
made a few friends. She says, "I've made friends with Karan, Hina and
the girl who plays choti chachi. They welcomed me on the sets. My role
is not a cameo and soon there will be a love story added to my track."
She also agrees with the show's message, saying, "I have watched the
show and I do believe in the concept of love after marriage. My own
parents are liberal and they would never force me to do anything but I
think that parents always choose what's best for us."
Nidhi has appeared in many shows such as Kasauti Zindagi Kii, Kasturi,
Karam Apna Apna, and Maayka. She has also participated in the reality
show Champion Chalbaaz No.1.
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Friday, May 01, 2009|