"My dream is to open an old-age home!" - Payal Rajput

Actress Payal Rajput of Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti Hee Hai wishes to open up an old age home in future and serve the needy elderly people at the most crucial time of their life!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 | 7:05:19 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Sahara One's new offering Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti Hee Hai, which is based on the eternal concept of bahus and betis, who are treated differently in our society. In conversation with TellyBuzz, its lead actress Payal Rajput talks about her show, her character in the show and her most desired dream.

Tell us something about your show 'Aakhir Bahu Toh Beti Hee Hai'.

Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti Hee Hai is a daily soap based on the eternal concept of how bahus and betis are treated differently in our society. The series will show a direct conflict in two diametrically different point of views, one where the bahu thinks she can be a beti to her saas (Mother in law) and therefore a saas can obviously be a mother. And the saas believes that this is simply not possible. The story is set in UP and revolves around a typical conservative family, where the mother-in-law is a very strict and dominating woman and ritualistic to the core. In her opinion, the bahus of the house should be ruled with an iron hand. She feels if the bahus are treated as the betis of the house, then the limit will be crossed and it will disrupt the discipline of the entire house. She feels that Bahu...bahu hoti hai and Beti...Beti.

Give us a gist of your character in the show.

My character is named as Sia, who is young, vibrant, bubbly and extrovert in nature. She represents the young woman of today whose beliefs are in contrast to her mother in law. She is intelligent and confident and has her own opinions. She stands up for what is right. She believes in family values and respects her elders. She also believes and thinks that Sasural (In law's place) is not going to be any different than her Maayka (Parents place).

How did you bag this role?

Prior to this show, I was into modeling and also tried my hands in a lot of commercials too. In addition to this, I'm also a part of an upcoming Tamil film 'Irruvar Ullam'. Even though Akhri Bahu... is my debut show as a main lead, I also played pivotal role in television show Sapno Se Bhare Naina. So, just when I completed shooting for my Tamil movie, I was approached for this particular show. On reading the entire story, I was so impressed by its remarkable catchy concept that I gave my nod for the show, without any hesitance.

How do you relate yourself to Sia?

Well, even in personal life as well, I am quite similar to my on-screen character. Just like Sia, even I'm very bubbly and extrovert in real-life. However, if I find something incorrect, I put it forward confidently.

If not an actor, what would you be?

 Since my childhood, I always wanted to be an actress. I can never see myself doing anything other than acting. In fact, even my parents always wanted to see me on-screen, which has been my real motivation. Yet, I wonder if I wouldn't have been an actress, then I would have surely got married and settled with my family.

How do you define a good Bahu in contemporary India?

I don't understand why does everybody have an orthodox perception and countless expectations from a Bahu? Why not see the Bahu as a person? The only thing required for a stable long-term relationship today is a mutual understanding and a broad minded thinking.  Nevertheless, I agree that a girl needs to fulfill her responsibilities when she gets married and adjust with her new family.

What will be your expectations when you will get married?

At present, I'm just 23 years old and I'm not planning to get married at least for the next 5 years. Also, I don't look up to a very good looking husband. I just wish I get very chilled-out in-laws who will treat me just like their daughter.

Any dream of yours you wish to fulfill?

Yes, one of my most desired dreams is to open an old-age home, sometime in my life. Actually, there is a back-story to this ambition of mine. My Naani used to stay with us, when I was a child. But after she passed away, my life became void and thereon, I have always missed having the blessing of a grand person in my life. Therefore, my mission is to start an old-age home and serve the aged people by attending their needs; wounds and agony at the crucial time of their life, given by their own children. In fact, I'm so friendly that I easily get along better with elderly people and spend long hours chit-chatting with them.

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Posted on: 31 October 2013 at 8:53pm
I wish your dream come true.

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Posted on: 11 October 2013 at 6:52am
Its very different from usual low quality Sahara serial. Looks promising. Hope they develop the production value and don't go down frm the current level.

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Posted on: 10 October 2013 at 2:11am
Payal Rajput was scary as psycho sonakshi in Sapno Se Bhare Naina but very sexy and hot!

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Posted on: 09 October 2013 at 12:23pm
Fact is that I really do not know you as actress, but I am glad to hear about your dream... Very few celebrities aim at development of society.. :)

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