Typecasting, family kept Gurdip Kohli away from daily soaps

In a bid to avoid getting typecast, actress Gurdip Kohli didn't consider fiction shows. She also kept away from daily soaps to play a hands on mother to her daughter.

Monday, August 19, 2013 | 11:15:35 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 10 Comments  |  5168 Views

In a bid to avoid getting typecast, actress Gurdip Kohli didn't consider fiction shows. She also kept away from daily soaps to play a hands on mother to her daughter.

"It is quite easy for a television actress to be typecast into certain kinds of roles. However, I have been lucky to have stayed away from such images," said Gurdip.

The 33-year-old, who has a three-year-old daughter Meher with husband and television actor Arjun Punj, rose to fame after playing doctor Juhi in the 2004 super hit show "Sanjivani" on star Plus. Post the show's success, she went on to do family dramas like "Sindoor Tere Naam Ka" and "Kasamh Se on Zee TV".

Currently Gurdip is seen in a comical avatar "Best Of Luck Nikki", a weekend show on Disney channel. She is well aware about the path, which leads to getting labelled.

"The fear of being typecast as a particular character arises when one has done only one specific kind of roles over a period of time, which fortunately, hasn't been the case with me," she said.

"And post-maternity, I was lucky enough to portray the role of a mother - Himani in 'Best of Luck Nikki', who is not a typical mother but is more of a friend and confidante to her kids," she added.

Gurdip feels daily soaps demand a lot of time and attention, but she wants to give maximum attention to Meher's growing up years.

"Erratic work schedules are a part of a daily soap actor's life. But I made a conscious decision to stay away from daily soaps when I decided to come back to the small screen as I wanted to concentrate on bringing up my daughter," she said.

"At the same time, I wanted to do the kind of work that I had not had the opportunity to do earlier. Luckily, I was offered 'Best of Luck Nikki'. Since the show followed a season format, I had enough time for my family" she added.

The actress's character of Himani in "Best Of Luck Nikki" has a comical approach and she enjoys tickling audience's funny bone.

"I loved facing the camera for 'Best of Luck Nikki' and discovered an all new comic side to me. The show was immensely well received by the audience and now we are back with the third season," she said.

Gurdip plays a mother of five children - Dolly (Sheena Bajaj">Sheena Bajaj ), Sunny (Akash Nair), Rohan (Murtuza Kutianawala) and baby Nikki (Ananya Kolvankar) in the show, which will see the birth of her fifth child Sunday.

She says working with young artists has its pros.

"Working with kids is a roller-coaster ride. There is never a dull moment on the sets. The four kids keep the atmosphere on the sets so lively and so energetic that I simply cannot but give my best performance when around them.

"On the cons, well, I can't say it is a con, but we adults always need to match up with the energy levels of the young actors," she said.

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  • Posted on: 20 August 2013 at 3:50pmAnitaholic

    tag gurdeep if


  • Posted on: 20 August 2013 at 9:52amCrystalSaya

    IT WAS GOLDEN DAYS FOR STAR PLUS WHEN SHOWS LIKE SANJIVANI, KAHIIN TOH HOGA,KASOUTI ZINDEGI KAY...WERE RUNNING...ITS LIKE YESTERDAY...I REALLY MISS SANJIVAANI...I USED TO WAIT FOR WHOLE WEEK FOR UR SERIAL...THE CUTE FIGHT BETWEEN THE VERY FIRST RAHUL(NOT MIHIR MISHRA) N U...N DEN THE LOVE STORY I JUST CHERISED DAT MEMORY...N LASTLY THE CONCEPT OF DOCTORS...UR SERILA FIRST INTRODUCED IT ON INDIA...ITS STILL REFRSEHING STORY...I REALLY MISSED U GUYS...I WISH DAT TIME CUD REALLY BE REVIVED...STAR P;US REALLY CAME A LONG WAY...ITS SERIALS NOW A DAYS REALLY LOST...I WISH I CUD BE GONE TO 2004...GOOD BLESS U...

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 4:03pmAnitaholic

    You were a good replacement for Prachi though i liked her but you never let the popularity of KS show drop!!!

  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 5:03amRatiTheAngel.

    gurdip i starting liking u as bani i thought after prachi onone can play bani but u work awesome

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 3:43amAnitaholic

    Gurdeep Kohli keep rocking loved you in kasamh se and sanjivani

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 3:17amgeetmjht

    when i was the of 14 i was the big fan of sanjivani and still love the character of juhi and still remember the adorable couple of rahul and juhi...
    i am very happy that you never give the break to your career...
    love you

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 1:27amangelic.pari

    gurdeep seriously rocks the shows she's in Smile love u guru :)


    btw no wonder why TB tags so poorly S:
    arjun's profile is http://www.india-forums.com/celebrity/2248/arjun-j-punjj/ not the one tagged :S
    PLZ change if possible :)

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 12:59amSunShine_A

    She was amazing in both Sanjeevani and Sindoor Tere Naam Ka

    Wish to see her in good daily soap back

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 12:53amShemliArsha

    Best of luck nikki is super fun.. loving u as himani..

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  • Posted on: 19 August 2013 at 12:15amparii2

    she is so adorable, miss those sanjivani days

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