in biophysics, an aspiring genetic engineer and a voracious
reader. An unlikely candidate for an actress, right? Wrong.
Meet Karishma Randeva, the face that entertains you Monday
through Thursday on Star Plus' Hello Dollie.
|Karishma says she wants to be a genetic
Road resident, Karishma came from Chandigarh a year ago to
spend time with her nephew. "I wanted to take a break from
studies after five years of studying science.
when I heard about the auditions for a role in Kahaanii Ghar
Ghar Kii, and also that it was near impossible to get
through," says Karishma.
However, she decided to go for
it and landed the role of Sonu within two hours of giving the
audition. But that was the easy part.
"It was really
difficult to convince my parents to let me do the role. They
wanted me to study further and with my science background, an
acting career was never on the cards," she laughs.
had even enrolled for a postgraduate degree, but decided to
opt out after landing the role. "It's not like I always wanted
to act or anything. I haven't even done an acting course. But
thought this was a good way of testing the waters," she
It certainly worked out well. After a
successful stint as Sonu, Karishma moved on to the character
of Sakshi in Kkusum, another Balaji Telefilms production on
"Then it was Tia in Kyun Hota Hai Pyarr,
followed by Rano in Zee TV's Tumhari Disha." The big break
came when she landed the lead role in Hello Dollie on Star
"Dollie is very real. She's my favourite
character. Everyone identifies with her at some stage in their
life. She's a typical adolescent, with her life centering
around her friends. She has pimples and braces and has a crush
on a guy from her school," she explains.
someone so alien to acting, what was the experience like? "Oh,
it's a lot of fun," she says enthusiastically. "It's about
instinct, it's about feeling the character in every situation
and reacting accordingly," she says.
feels that Indian television offers a lot of scope to actors.
"On TV, people see you everyday. With films, you never know if
people will watch you or not. Television that way, has a lot
But the name and fame isn't free of
pressures. "It's a lot of hard work. Things are very hectic,"
she says, and then quickly adds," But I love every minute of
it. The money's good, the work is exciting, and I have really
co-operative co-stars and bosses."
There have certainly
been some highs. Like when a woman caught hold of her at the
market and said, "You act so well. We watch all your
But compliments aside, Karishma's got her
head firmly on her shoulders. "I don't intend to do this for
the rest of my life. I don't see it as a very secure future.
It's alright as long as you're young and pretty, but what
after that," she says.
Does that mean we won't see her
on TV anymore? "Of course not. I will do this for a while
before I move on. But I do want to pursue science and become a
genetic engineer," she says.