always a cake-walk for an actor if they are able to draw similarities
between his reel and real life, but what if the character is completely
dissimilar to your personality? Ask Komal as she has the answer to it.
The girl did face trouble enacting her character as she was not even
remotely close to it in real life but she learned it gradually. Now a
pro at her job, she can easily improvise and come up with her own lines.
She talks about her journey, the success she has earned through her
debut show and how people are unable to recognise her owing to her gaudy
on-screen make-up, in real life.
Neha Maheshwri spoke to Komal on her
personal and professional life and the child in the lady did all the
Komal is tomboyish and a little rough around the edges,
quite in contrast to your character name. How is Parvati in real life?
Both Komal and Parvati are as different as chalk and cheese. Komal is
rude, unethical and ill -mannered whereas Parvati is completely the
opposite. Komal is very loud in her appearance and wears gaudy make-up
and ties her hair in two plaits. She always wears saris. In real life I
am quite unlike her. I love to keep my hair open and wear comfortable
pair of denims and top. Talking about our character names, everyone has
been christened with a name which is sometimes in contrast to their
deeds and actions. My on-screen father is named as Sajjan Singh, which
means a humble and generous man but he is nothing like it on the show.
My brother is named after Lord Krishna, but his deeds are nothing like
that of a God.
How can you, being a girl, be biased towards the fairer sex? You
are in consent with your father's ideology which suggests that women
should be treated like a door mat? Will your way of thinking undergo a
Personally, like any other normal girl, I too am against the idea of a
male-dominant society. Women today are equally talented and intelligent.
They are at par with men at every walk of life. There is nothing a
woman can't do that a man can. As far as Komal is concerned, she has
nothing to do with her father's ideology and still nurtures a kid inside
her. She has been brought up in an atmosphere where women are treated
badly. They are beaten up and abused openly. I have grown up watching
the men of my family do all this, so I don't know any better. I have got
married into a completely different and more cultured family unlike
mine. Life post my marriage is in complete contrast to my life before
and I am adjusting with the new family.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, how difficult was it for you
to pick the accent and north Indian dialect?
I am a Punjabi and I had this thick Punjabi accent during the initial
days of my career. I used to rehearse my lines in north Indian dialect
but mixed it with thick Punjabi accent. But I have picked up the north
Indian accent really well and now I can make lines on my own without
referring to the script.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
My father is a retired air-force personnel. He took a voluntary
retirement as he wanted to settle down in Mumbai for my studies. He was
working with Zee TV and is now with Ad labs working with Manmohan
Shetty, who is also the co-producer of the show Partigya.
Is there any pressure on you to excel on the show considering
that your father is a part of the production unit of Pratigya?
He has nothing to do with the production aspect of the company. My
father is the legal head of the company and manages the finance and
What are your other interests apart from acting?
I love singing and dancing. I am a trained singer and have been pursuing
vocal since I was seven years old. My mother is a classical singer and I
have learned singing from her. I am also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.
I also go for animation classes and I am currently in my second year of
What are you passionate about the most – singing, dancing or
Ah! That's a tough call. I enjoy singing and dancing but acting remains
to be my passion. I too as a kid used to wear make-up and act in front
of the mirror. Like they say, give a girl make-up, a comb and nice dress
to wear but take away the mirror from her and she would probably die.
As an actor do you stick to scripts or improvise? How
spontaneous are you as an actor?
Sticking to scripts and following it word to word is always difficult.
Also when you mug up your line and just blurt it out, it ends up looking
How do you rate yourself on a scale of 10?
It wouldn't be wise to judge myself but going by the reaction and
responses I have been receiving, I would give myself an eight on 10.
How much do you credit Pratigya for your success and fame?
This is my debut show and I have already bagged an award in a span of
just six months for the most popular negative actress.
Do you really think your character is negative on the show?
Not really. But comparing myself with decent and grounded Saxena's, I am
rude and ill-behaved which looks negative on the show.
How does your family react whenever they see you on-screen in
your gaudy and loud avatar?
Well, my parents didn't know that I will be hurling abuses on the show.
The very first shot had me say – aye saala. My parents were taken by
shock but they know that it's just a character and I will have to do
whatever is required to make it look authentic.
You have been against your sister-in-law Pratigya and have
never really liked her. Why do you think she is wrong?Honestly,
I am not against her. It's just that I have been married to her brother
in bargain as my brother Krishna fell in love with Pratigya and wanted
to marry her at any cost. Without my consent he gives his word to Adarsh
and I am married off to him which is something I couldn't take kindly
Since you are doing a show that throws light on the issue of
eve-teasing and illiteracy. How do you assert the importance of
education and safety of girls for the growth of our country and society?
I strongly feel that education is important for the overall growth of
the society and country. An educated female results in a healthy and
educated family tree. As she knows the pros and cons of every step she
takes. Talking about safety, Mumbai is safer than any other part of the
country. The show is the mirror image of what really takes place in the
cow-belt region. There are two contradicting families on the show and
the audience is sensible enough to know, which family to support and
Have you even been a victim to eve-teasing?
I remember colouring my hair golden when I was in standard 11th. I was
just crossing the street and there were a couple of guys who passed lewd
comments at me. If that's what is it, then I have been eve-teased. I
couldn't pick up a fight with them as I was all alone and it could have
resulted in an ugly situation for me.
Who is your favourite co-actor from the show?
My on-screen Thakur family is my favourite. I love shooting with them as
they indulge in having fun. Saxena family keeps crying on-screen all
the time, so it's always a little serious business shooting with them
How do you guys unwind yourself?
Best part is that the camera never stops rolling and when it does we go
back to our make-up rooms to catch up with our sleep. That's how we
unwind off camera.
What kind of response do you get when you visit public
Primarily, they don't recognise me as I don't look similar to my
on-screen image. I am very subtle and sober off-screen. If they happen
to recognise me, they praise me for my style of delivering the dialogues
especially 'aye saala'.
How does it feel to be a part of Comedy Circus?
Oh! It's been an amazing experience for me. Participating in a
show of this format helps boost your confidence and morale. You are
adjudicated by two people who are laughing at your jokes and judging
you. You goof up while delivering your lines and the whole act falls
It is generally believed that daily soap actors aren't really
fit to do stand – up comedy barring a few. Your comment.
I totally disagree with this. In fact, I have reached the finale of the
show which validates the fact that daily soap artists can make a decent
stand-up comedian and hopefully, I will go on to win the show.
Lastly, what's your relationship status?
I am single. Have you heard of any link-ups?