'I'm happy with my man. Why do we need the tag of marriage?'
Narayani Shastri minces no words as she talks about love, life and
playing mother to a grown-up girl in a show, with Roshni K Olivera
You have gained a lot of weight...
after my last serial Namak Haram, I wasn't working. I didn't want to do
a less meaty role because it would be walking backwards. When I'm not
working, it's vacation time for me and so I was eating, drinking and
making merry. I had just come back from a holiday when I got this role
in Phir Subah Hogi which I really liked. If I had to play a hot model in
it, I would've hit the gym and lost all the extra kilos. But since I
play a mother, I felt the weight went well with my character. I didn't
want to look the same age as my onscreen daughter. There was no
insecurity there. I believe that if you are playing a mother you should like one. Yes, at the moment I have lost weight, and that's because our characters are wellestablished today.
After this show, you might get offered only mother's roles...
don't think so. You typecast yourself by choosing similar roles. After
this, choosing a mother's role would be the easiest thing for me to do.
But I will not take up something unless it's a role that I really want
to do. I'd rather not work in that case. TV stars bag one good role and then can be without work for a year or two...
have always been offered work, but I genuinely didn't want to do a
saas-bahu serial. I'd done shows focussing on kitchen politics and
wanted to do something different. Otherwise I'd be working only for the
But isn't money important?
It is. That's why I made my money and now I'm spending it!
What's happening on the personal front?
I'm seeing someone and I'm very happy.
You've always been open about your personal life... so tell us about your boyfriend. Since when have you been dating him?
His name is Tony. He is from London, but in India for the past five years. He has an ad agency.
Any marriage plans?
never thought of marriage. I've never felt the need to. My family
doesn't put any pressure on me for it. Anyway, half the time Tony is at
my place or I'm at his place. So, why do we need the tag of marriage?
So you are firm about not wanting to get married or is that you don't want to get into a commitment of that sort?
am very committed. In fact 100 per cent committed, but I don't want to
change the way things are. About marriage, as of now this is how I
think. I don't know about tomorrow because I am an impulsive person and
might suddenly say 'lets get married and have a party'!
What about your ex Gaurav Chopra? Even today your name is constantly dragged in between him and his girlfriend Mouni Roy?
It's been a long time. That's not the case anymore.
But Gaurav and you are still in touch?
Absolutely! He is my best friend.
Can exes be best friends?
not? All my girlfriends would often tell me your current boyfriend
might not like your association with your ex. But that's not the case at
all. Gaurav and Tony get along like a house on fire.
Coming back to work, you tried your luck in films recently...
did the movie for my very dear friend. In fact they had the dates of
actors while the girl was still not finalised. That's how I stepped in.
But would you still like to pursue films?
I genuinely don't think movies are better than TV or vice-versa. I just love experimenting with different kinds of roles.