'I take time to open up with people' - Aishwarya Sakhuja
Thursday, October 28, 2010
| 6:18:34 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
Aishwarya Sakhuja aka Toasty of Sony's Saas Bina Sasural shares her experiences in the show where she is amidst men...
After anchoring several shows on television channels Aishwarya Sakhuja
found it really challenging to step into the shoes of an actor.
The actress shares the experiences of playing the lead in Sony's Saas Bina Sasuraal
with Tellybuzz, and also shares her experience on the sets of the show and the challenges she faces in an 'only men' family..How did you bag the show?
not just about bagging the show, people from Optimystix called me for
auditions and after several rounds of auditions I got through the show.How is Toasty different from Aishwarya?
are similarities as well as dissimilarities between Aishwarya and
Toasty. Both believe that life is good and both are optimistic, but at
the same time Toasty is extremely energetic and very open which in
actual I am not, as I take time to open up to people.You had worked as a host on Zoom, Sony TV, Zee Sports et al. What were the challenges that you had to face while jumping into a daily soap?
is tough to be as an actor when you have done anchoring. As an anchor
you can take the call on the clothes you wear, the way you look and the
way you speak and present yourself, whereas at the same time when you
switch to acting, those calls are being attended by others on the sets.
There are people to tell you what you have to wear, what you are going
to speak and to think the way you will be portrayed. So that was a great
challenge for me as I have no say in it. And in this daily soap I am
working with renowned actors and in order to keep my face, I needed to
work a lot and that was a great challenge. What do you enjoy more, hosting or acting?
love both anchoring as well as acting. I adore anchoring because that's
my baby now and I am extremely comfortable in the skin of an anchor.
But at the same time as an actor you get more visibility and now people
recognize me as Toasty and I feel extremely happy about it.Your show has a backdrop wherein you are in a family of only men, what were the challenges doing such a role?
were great challenges lying in front of me in this show. When the
Producer described the role, he said "Laad ladaathi ladki hain". That
was a big challenge as in real life I am not at all a person like that.
Toasty is a person who is really comfortable with people around her
including men, whereas I am more comfortable with women. Toasty is
tremendously energetic and Aishwarya, to turn into Toasty, that too
after coming on the sets early in the morning missing sleep, is really a
tough task (Laughs).How is it working with Ravi Dubey?
is a great person to work with. As he has also done shows earlier, he
helps me with the lines and gives me tips on how I can improve myself.
At the same time he has a great sense of humour and it is real fun on
the sets with him. The storyline reminds us of Satte Pe Satta, whats the difference?
Pe Satta had a group of seven brothers whereas in Saas Bina Sasural,
there are various relations involved. Satte Pe Satta was out and out, a
comedy movie whereas the show is not at all a sitcom. In the movie Hema
Malini had her own set of problems and here, I have a different set of
problems that you will have to watch in the coming episodes. What was the first shot for the show and how was it?
first shot that I gave was the first shot of the serial, where the
situation is my mother's dream sequence wherein, I am dressed up as a
bride. I am not at all a feminine girl and very Tomboyish and when I
gave the first shot, the director said 'cut' followed by everyone
laughing. I was totally confused till the director said "you are a bride
and you have to act shy"Memorable moments on the sets
I am from the anchoring world and just stepping into a daily soap,
there were times when I used to just break down and think this is not my
cup of tea. Once my associate director came towards me and said that I
should start opening up to people around me and then I will not feel let
down and it will help me to grow as an actor. After that, I took his
advice and within five days I felt a great change around me as I felt
really comfortable being an actor.
We also hear that you are the only female actor on the sets most of the time. Are you pampered?
feel privileged in that matter and I am pampered like anything
(laughs). I am allowed to give retakes as I am new to this industry and
the team that I am working with is extremely positive, a great team
where I never feel stressed out. Were you offered other shows earlier?
there have been shows offered to me, but I was very clear in my
decision of not doing a typical 'Saas Bahu' show wherein there is a lot
of 'Rona Dhona' and the shows that had approached me were of those
lines. But Saas Bina Sasural had a completely different concept that
attracted me. Are you looking for a Bina Saas ke Sasural or a normal family?
a professional note I am looking forward for a Sasural bina saas ke,
but on a personal note, I would never want a house like that. I want a
complete family and especially a Saas because as I said earlier I am
more comfortable with women than men, otherwise I might die.Why did you select a show from Sony because fiction shows in Sony have not worked lately?
I feel Sony is a brave channel as they have been coming up with shows
like 'Mahi Way' and 'Rishta.Com' which I loved watching. They are
trying to show that there is a different set of people who watch such
shows and they are trying to establish that audience on a large scale.Your upbringing
was born in a small town called Wellington in Ooty but basically a
Punjabi. I am an army kid, my dad was in Army and my mother was a
teacher and my brother is a dentist in Army. I have travelled a lot and I
have completed my BA in English from Delhi at Hindu College. My dad
was against my modeling, but after I won a small pageant called 'May
Queen Ball', an Army pageant, dad was really happy and he said that I
had the potential. When I took part in Miss India 2006 he was the one
who was always there with me to help me out. This is your first daily soap as a main lead, how did your family react?
were very happy and I was flooded with calls. My dad said that even
though I did not have any contacts in the industry when I had started, I
have reached till here and he is proud of me. Your message to the fans
keep watching the show and I congratulate the people of Mumbai for the
way they have been treating animals. I love animals and I have seen that
the stray dogs are given food by the people here which I never found in
Delhi. Thank you for being so brilliant with animals.Reporter and Author: Saranya Valsarajan