who is coming back to Indian Television after 1 years tells us about the show and says, "The show has a Muslim background and my character is that of a mother. I play mother to the main lead Aaliya (Preetika Rao
). We are shown to be a close knit family and for us the daughter is the apple of our eyes."
Riva who worked with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
continuously for seven and half years likes to take a break once in a while and says, "In the crazy schedules that we actors work in we need to take time out for ourselves as well and do things we enjoy apart from acting. I like to spend time with my family when I am free."
For Riva free time also means indulging in her favorite pastime which is traveling. She has travelled all around the world, "Istanbul, London, North East, Rajasthan, Austria, Central Europe, I have seen it all and enjoyed going to these locations."
There is a business side to Riva as well who had started a dog parlor long back when this concept was not known to many, "I think I had started it much before time... it was a niche market then but now everyone is into it and there is nothing special about it anymore."
Her business leanings are still very much obvious as Riva now is into baking. Elaborating more on how she got into it Riva says, "I have always had an interest in cooking so I did a couple of courses in Mumbai and then I did a short stint of baking course in New York. I also read a lot, researched through the net, got info and recipes and then decided to start and things were set after a lot of trial and error. I operate from home since that gives me flexibility to work and I also don't want to take a place on rent and then worry about the monthly outstandings. I am thankful to my family and friends who are my guinea pigs on whom I experiment my cooking skills," laughs Riva.
Riva is still single and happy too as she tells us, "I have still not found my Mr. Right and I don't mind staying single since I am happy to be blessed with a great circle of friends and of course my family who is always there for me. I believe in destiny and that it will happen when it is meant to be and then it will be blissful. However, I have also seen couple of my friends divorced and it is scary."
However, that does not mean that she wants to immerse herself in work, instead she has become more choosy, "I am satisfied with the way my career has shaped up even if it means just being seen on Television. For me quality has always been a priority over quantity."
Seema Khot Mattoo