Drashti Dhami, who plays Geet, in Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi, gets herself explored in a short chat with IndianExpress.com.
Can you point out some similarities between Drashti and Geet?
(Smiles)Yes both (Drashti and Geet) are girls and we stand for our rights. Apart from this, character-wise, we both are very different. Geet is a very calm sort of a girl while I am a very loud and a talkative girl.
What message, if any, does the show convey?
It is giving out a message saying, that sometimes your decisions probably are not supported by your family, but, if you think you are going in a right direction go ahead with it (the personal decision).
What is one special feeling about working with this show, so far?
Biggest satisfaction about this show for me is the fact that I am performing the lead role and my audience will get something nice to watch.
There is a stiff competition in the GEC segment. Does it scare you about prospects of your show?
Of course, somewhere down the line, you do feel the competition. But, I am not scared, just a bit nervous.
||~Geet And Glycerine~||
Forget scheming mothers-in-law and vamps, it's glycerine that tortures our poor TV serial heroines the most. These reel life tragedy queens have so many tears to shed on air, that they can't function without litres of the irritating glycerine that leaves their eyes sore, itchy, red, swollen and in pain every day.
Soap land's latest crybaby Pallavi Gupta, who plays Bitto in a serial of the same name, has been complaining in interviews about how her poor eyes are not able to bear another drop of glycerine in them, but she has no choice since her script demands her to weep morning and night. And howl she must as Sneha Wagh ' who plays the serious lead, battling one hardship after another in Jyoti ' reveals, "The secret behind a hit TV soap is in the heroine's tears. TRPs won't go up till the lead cries. The more the tears, the bigger the hit." You need to be in this tearful state for at least 10 hours a day, since daily soaps require long hours of shooting. Sneha, who sheds her fair share of tears says actors have no choice but to use glycerine because, no matter how well you get beneath the character's skin, you can't get your tear ducts to work 24x7. "I can't keep crying the whole day, even though my brain has been programmed to feel miserable as soon as I get in front of the camera. So I use tonnes of glycerine and it's horrible."
The side effects of looking natural on screen according to her are, "Burning, blood red, sore eyes and a constantly running nose." Once she gets home she just crashes as her poor eyes need some rest. Drashti Dhami, who plays the bubbly Geet in Geet ' Hui Sabse Parayi is slightly relieved because her character is going through a happy phase these days. "Now the crying has reduced a lot, but during the early days, I didn't just have to cry, I had to howl. Even if I got angry, I had to cry. Now you can't naturally shed so much tears. My eyes got so used to glycerine that tears wouldn't flow even after I used half a bottle. Due to the quantity of glycerine I had to use, especially during close-ups my eyes were constantly puffy, red and would sting." After pack-up and in between breaks Drashti would constantly be washing her eyes with chilled water for some relief.
Ironically, while her eyes are rejoicing the lack of tears now, her poor head is continuing to protest. "My wig is so heavy and the clip so tight that apart from a constant headache, I have to now live with bald patches (the clip pulls at her hair) too."
These poor heroines really do lead a painful life and the sad part is that glycerine, with all its cons is the best option available in the market. Sneha says she has tried something called tear sticks as an alternative to glycerine, but it has camphor in it and makes her eyes burn even more. So she has no choice but to stick to glycerine and use Eye Cool, a liquid used to soothe burning eyes between breaks. Talk about leading a tearful life.
Drashti Dhami, who debuted on the small screen as Dr Muskaan Chadda in Dill Mill Gayye, has now become a popular face on TV with 'Geet Hui Sabse Parayi' a teleserial. She plays the lead role of Geet, a young, spirited girl who marries an NRI and becomes a victim of fraud and deception. Drashti talks about her role, on screen family and much more
Earlier, you played the bubbly Muskan in Dill Mill Gayye. How difficult was Geet's role?
I'm very talkative and loud in real life, so playing a role opposite to my personality was very difficult. I was under a lot of stress but took it as a challenge and hope I have succeeded. The initial days were very difficult and I used to cry on the sets daily.
Have you ever come across a girl like Geet in real life?
I haven't come across anybody like Geet, but have heard a lot of such incidents from my friends.
What was your first reaction when you read the script?
I was not at all confident about the role. I remember asking my director, 'Are you sure I am the right person for this role?' I didn't think I would be portray such a calm and composed role.
Geet has now become a popular name in every household. Has the character had an impact on your life as well?
It really feels great. Once, a lady came up to me and said, "Geet, don't worry, everything will be fine." She was in China for a week and didn't have access to the serial, so she would call her daughter in India everyday to find out about me.
How is your chemistry with Abhinav Shukla (Dev)?
He is a great person and a very good friend. I really miss him a lot.
Who is the better actor, Abhinav or Gurmeet?
I would say both of them; they are playing two different characters so they can't be compared. I think both are doing justice to their characters.
How similar is reel life Geet to real life Geet?
In real life Geet is very friendly, talkative, loud and a bubbly girl just opposite to reel life Geet.
Now that Geet knows that she has been a victim of fraud, what will be her next step?
Geet will definitely fight for justice and would not give up easily. Wait and watch.
Any message from Drashti to Geet?
Geet is so mature, confident and smart that I don't think she needs my advice.
Please tell us something about your onscreen family, especially Darji?
Everybody is very supportive and cooperative, they help me a lot with dialogues. Darji is very sweet and calls me 'chuhiya' and leaves no stone unturned to tease me. I am very close to Beizaad Khan (Brij) and Ranno too.
||~Debina understands our job as actors, we aren't real-life lovers: Drashti Dhami~||
If you thought television had a void of a good on-screen couple, then you haven't seen Geet the popular youthful-yet-family drama on Star One. The show has given viewers someone to talk about ' angry young man, Maan Singh Khurana (played by Gurmeet Choudhary) and Geet (Drashti Dhami) are warming the hearts of couch potatoes. TellyChakkar spoke to Drashti on her success and feelings.
How has Geet changed your life in the last few months?
I feel I am blessed. Geet has changed a lot of things in my life and for the better. I have got a lot of love and appreciation from my fans. I have got fame, name'what else can one expect? And to top it all, I got a chance to play a lovely character. I don't think I have anything to complain about. Life is good, thanks to Geet.
In April, Geet completes one year. Are you comfortable with the daily soap actress tag?
Honestly speaking, when I started with the television show I never ever realized that I would be doing daily soaps. During Dill Mill Gayye, I was slowly getting used to the grind and now during Geet, I am getting used to it more and more.
When I used to model, I often wondered how actors could work so much. But now that I am one of them, I have no regrets. Dill Mill Gayye gave me an identity, while Geet gave me recognition.
In your opinion, what makes this show click?
Star One is primarily known as a young channel. Shows are conceptualized and made for them. Geet was no different. But I think the element of family drama in the show has made elderly people like it as well. I think the right balance of everything makes it tick.
What about your chemistry with Gurmeet? Isn't that a reason as well?
(Smiles) Yes, certainly! Geet-Maan as a couple has created their place in the viewers' heart. Gurmeet and I have put in our best to reach this stage. And I must say I do feel overwhelmed knowing what viewers think about us.
What is the secret behind your fantastic chemistry with Gurmeet?
(Smiles) I do agree the scenes we enact are quite intense. But our job is to get the right emotions and expressions. But believe me, Gurmeet and I are just friends off screen, we do not talk much besides work.
In fact, whenever I get some free time I hang out with my friends who are not from the television industry. In a daily soap when you are working and spending the entire day and a large part of the night with actors and technicians, somehow I want to come out of that atmosphere. So I guess the answer to your question is good acting!
Few people know that when I started Geet, I used to be very sad. Most of the scenes which I used to enact were emotional and there was a lot of emotional stress I had to undergo because of that. I want to take this opportunity to thank my first director Nisaar Parvez. He played the role of a catalyst and helped me give my best for this show.
Gurmeet is engaged to Debina. Do you think she feels odd seeing the intense scenes you do with her fiance?
No way! She is also an actor and knows that this is part of our work. There is nothing more to it. At the end of the day, Gurmeet and I are Geet and Maan and not real-life lovers.
What are your thoughts on getting married (a la Ratan Rajput) in a reality show?
Well' I am not really reality show material. I love dancing though, so a dance reality show may get thumbs up from me. But getting married on a show is too much! At the same time, I have no problem with people who are doing it. Hats off to them!
Who is your biggest critic?
Undoubtedly, my mother. Whenever I used to cry on screen in Geet, she used to criticize me a lot and always ask me to improve my acting skills. A year down the line, she is proud about me.
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