How did you get into the field of acting?
I auditioned in Delhi and that is what brought me to Mumbai. My first show was Dhoom Machao Dhoom.
So, was becoming an actor your childhood dream?
Not really; I always wanted to become a teacher. Acting is a dream that turned into reality without even having thought about it. I don't know how I have lived it.
Do you relate yourself to the character of Jhanvi?
Jhanvi is very different from Sriti. There is a famous saying that 'Although you are born physically but life gives you chances to be reborn again and again.' Jhanvi has got that chance, the spirit, and the strength to take birth again as a newer and stronger person.
We all share a very good relation on the sets. It's just amazing and we all are good friends. They contribute a lot to my performance. Not only them, but all other co-actors are good and I am fortunate to be surrounded with such people. Apart from work, we do a lot of fun things on the sets. There are some scenes in which we can't stop ourselves from laughing.
Which character played by you is close to your heart?
It's hard for me to answer this question because the characters played by me are just like my babies and you can't ask a mother to choose one child amongst all.
Any regrets so far?
No; not at all.
If you would have been in the place of Jhanvi, then what would have been the steps taken by you?
If I was asked this question a year ago, then I would have filed a complaint or told my parents. But now I feel that it takes a lot for a woman to come out saying, "Yes I am being abused by the person whom I am married to or he is the culprit of my life."
The person facing the situation must have the courage to tell people about it and take action because it's very important for your self-respect and for the self respect of every other person who is suffering. This is what we are trying to show in Saubhagyavati Bhava that after a point of time you're not supposed to take it on your life, it's not right, it's not okay to face trouble and action has to be taken. This is what we are trying to show that Yes, we will take action, we will fight for what is right and Jhanvi will get her secured and smiling life back. I want people to realize that if something like this is happening with them then they must raise their voice, raise an alarm, tell your parents or a close friend as something can be done about it. The wrong should be punished.
How do fans react when they see you?
Initially when they saw me, they used to say that why are you suffering a lot, we get so scared but now when they see me, they say we are so happy to see you getting stronger. I am glad that people are appreciating it which immensely encourages me. They want me to become strong. When I see people giving their views in the forums I feel satisfied and happy that people are liking that a women is becoming stronger.
Having done many shows, which show according to you has proved to be a turning point for your career?
Every show in its own individual way has proved to be a turning point for me. If I didn't get my first show then I wouldn't have got the second or the third. I have learned acting. If I wouldn't have played Jhanvi and Sia then I wouldn't have realized the depth in a character. All the characters played by me have contributed a lot to my career and life. I am grateful to people who chose me for playing different roles every time. These roles have made my journey interesting.
Any role in your wishlist?
Whatever I have wished so far has come in my way. I am grateful to all the characters I have played and I am giving my 100% with honesty. I keep doing whatever comes my way.
If offered a Bollywood movie then what would your decision?
If I would be offered then obviously I would think over it but television will always be my first and only love.
Any message to your fans?
Thank you so much for giving me so much love and support. I am grateful to all of you and I am sending virtual kisses for each one of you.
Reporter and Author: Anwesha Kamal