"I cried when I heard the narration for Rano's character"

As Rano, the bride who is waiting for her husband for more than 20 years, Navni Parihar tells us about her experience…

Saturday, March 16, 2013 | 3:30:33 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Gurbani on Colors tells the story of a young girl from Punjab where parents often dream of an NRI wedding for their daughters. But there is a tragic side to this story which sometimes doesn't have a happy ending. Representing this side is Rano played by Navni Parihar who has not been seen on Indian television for long. Navni Parihar talks about her experience of enacting Rano…

Tell us about your character in Gurbani…

Rano represents all those girls whose parents have got them married to NRI's thinking that the girls will be happy and lead a comfortable married life. When the story starts we see that Rano herself is married to an NRI some 20 years back but he has left her and she is still waiting for days and months for him to return and take her back with him. Since she is from a Pind (small village) from Punjab she is still dressed as the dulhan for all these years. She is disappointed but still comes back every day.

You are not from Punjab so how did you adapt to Rano's character?

Gurbani is based in Punjab and we have even shot there but in real life I am a Rajput from Indore, Madhya Pradesh. My Hindi has always been good but in Gurbani we have used a little bit of Punjabi to get that flavor of Punjab in the serial. Our dialogues are sprinkled with 'Jina, Unna' instead of 'Jitna, Utna', and it is easy to speak that much of Punjabi as we have been hearing it so much otherwise too in films and serials.

Since this story is inspired from real life have you ever come across such a character in real life?

I have read a lot about such true life incidents where girls are abandoned after marriage but I would say that fortunately I have not met someone like this in real life. I have heard about cases like this from people around and I remember even my mother telling me about girls who get married to NRIs but later find out that the guy is already married but never have I met someone face to face.

Will we see you in each and every episode and how does your character relate to Gurbani's?

I will be seen as a prominent character but not in each episode as the story revolves around Gurban and her family. The start of the story is Gurbani (played by Shefali Sharma) but the end is Rano. In fact, the hero Sohum (Adhvik Mahajan) does not allow Gurbani to meet Rano as he does not want her future too to be like Rano's. He knows that Gurbani's parents are looking for an NRI groom for her and he fears that if her future resembles Rano's then she being a girl of today will not sit and wait but will go in search of her groom.

What made you accept this role?

I accepted Rano's role as soon as I heard the story. The role is beautifully written and challenging for every actor to enact. She is shown to be 40 plus and you hardly get interesting characters written for such age on television. I started crying even as I heard the narration of Rano's character as it is a very emotional role. I also took it up because it is a social issue which we are trying to bring forth to the audience. There are some 30,000 plus women living the life of Rano and there are sad and happy endings to each story but it is very important to address this issue socially. I am hoping that through my character, I can save many Ranos in the future.

Your character is emotionally charged, how is it shooting for it?

As I said, Rano is a very emotional character. Her story is heart-wrenching and it can make you cry. I am sure whoever will see it will get attached to her. Whenever I hear the scenes and shoot for them I start crying on my own and no glycerine is required. I have howled and cried like nothing in the scene where Rano runs after the train, trips and falls down and then looks up with tears in her eyes. Main toh phoot-phoot ke royi us shot mein!

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Posted on: 17 March 2013 at 5:45am
Parichay was the best. Loved Keerti as Siddhi. I'm not gonna watch this show, it's not my type. Promos were terrible for me & I'm sure this show's going to be a boaring one with no big names as leads. I guess it will be critically acclaimed & it's good to attempt a show on social cause & change. But the reality is at the end of the day it's all about entertainment. Most of the people will want to smile rather than shed tears with heavy concepts & thinking. In addition to that, the storyline resembles the same as Geet. If it can manage audiences, I bet they will be of whole group completely different from the Parichay lovers...

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 11:15pm
Parichay was the only show on the channel that dealt with urban life! They are forgetting that Veera is a rural show and a very good one! This can get nowhere close to it! Parichay was a better option!

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 9:36pm
i dont know how i feel about this show.. i mean the lead? they could have chosen a better one but okay good luck to the show!

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 2:13pm
I like the concept of this show and am eagerly waiting for it to start .

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 12:13pm
the show cant even reach any close to parichay..all d best colors..we will wait n watch

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 11:48am
I dont care Colors as Veera is here to accompany me :) :)

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 11:45am
This show has big shoes to fill in! Parichay is one of the most popular shows on Colors TV! All the best to Colors TV! But I am skeptical of it performing well!

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 11:13am
there are million punjabi names ...they can choose any of them.
Gurbani...never heard this name before this serial.And that girl portraying it...does not even look like a typical punjabi girl. whenever they air any show based on Punjab ..I feel terrible because whatevr they portray is no where close to what real Punjab,real Punjabi culture,real Punjabis are.

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 8:28am
I really dont know what is the prob with the name 'Gurbani' and sikh religion..but if it's hurting soo many ppls emotion then it should be changed

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Posted on: 16 March 2013 at 8:17am
Well I don't think this show can manage to equal the stature of Parichay! Why does colors Tv give preference to rural shows! Never the less not very interesting!

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