- Deepika Singh
She is fun and vivacious. She is an interviewer's delight since she answers with utmost honesty. TV actress
Deepika Singh has been ruling the hearts of many viewers with her performance in small screen's numero
uno show 'Diya Aur Bati Hum.' Last year, the gorgeous actress tied the knot with the director of the show,
Rohit Raj Goyal. In a candid chat with Shaili Madan, she talks about her life and television...
HOW DID ACTING HAPPEN TO YOU?
I always wanted to do something in life. I hail from
Delhi and I have friends who were in the modelling
industry and I accompanied them to auditions. I bagged
two advertisements consequently. Those days I used to do
advertising assignments by not disclosing them to my
family. They were very conservative and were against me
from doing anything such assignments. Later, I enrolled
myself for MBA through correspondence and also joined
theatre. This is where I actually realised I had the talent to
act. My mother had also come to watch the play. This is
where she actually saw me act and realised that this is
where my passion lies and that I was never going to look
back. I always wanted to be independent and despite
trying my hands at various things, only acting seemed
right to me. Acting has always been my passion. After
theatre, I gave my final auditions for 'Diya Aur Bati' in
Mumbai. I was very certain I would not be selected, but
this proved wrong. Once I started the show, there was no
looking back and Mumbai became my permanent place to
DO YOU RELATE TO THE CHARACTER YOU
ARE PLAYING ON SCREEN?
Yes absolutely. I very much relate to the character
Sandhya that I play. I am also extremely hard working and
focussed as an individual, like she is. Also, I guess when
you are working as a character for 14 - 16 hours per day, it
starts to become a part of you.
ANY ROLE THAT YOU WANT TO DO?
There is no particular role that I want to play. Even
Sandhya, like I mentioned was not a planned move. It just
happened to me by luck. Rohit recognised my talent and
saw the character in me and thought I was absolutely apt
for it. I am an extremely versatile person and would adapt
to any role that comes my way in the future. Also, 'Diya
Aur Bati' takes away a lot of time, which leaves me little
time to think of any other role that I would want to do.
HOW ABOUT DOING FILMS...HAVE YOU BEEN
CONSCIOUSLY TRYING TO STAY AWAY FROM
Yes, initially it was a conscious move to stay out of
films. I come from a joint family where my mother and
grandmother had convinced me that television is the way
to go, if at all. Kusum and Tulsi were role models for my
grandmother who also wanted me to do something similar.
They always wanted me to play some such character on
YOU GOT MARRIED LAST YEAR...HOW HAS IT
CHANGED THINGS FOR YOU?
Yes...marriage has changed so much for me. Life is a
lot more relaxed. Rohit and I are from the same industry so
he understands my work and my routine. I never have to
give him an elaborate explanation for what I am doing and
why. He is extremely supportive of all my actions and
understands me completely. It is a relaxing feeling to come
back home to him after 14 - 16 hours of hectic shooting
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FIVE YEARS
I don't plan a lot. I definitely see myself working if not
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR FREE TIME?
I like to watch a lot of movies. If not, I also dubsmash
ARE YOU A TRAVELLER? WHICH PLACE IS
MOST CLOSE TO YOUR HEART AND WHY?
Yes, I am a traveller at heart. The place closest to my
heart would be Switzerland and Paris. This is because
Rohit and I went to Europe for our honeymoon. This is
certainly the closest place to me.
My grandmother. She inspires me till date. She can
afford to keep household help, but she does not. She is
extremely hard working and prefers to do all the work by
herself. I am in awe of this quality of hers and it really
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT MUMBAI?
I love Mumbai since it gave me everything. The city
has given me fame, money and a beautiful house to live in.
It has helped me live the life I always wanted to live - that
of an independent woman.
YOUR PHILOSOPHY IN LIFE...
Live in the present...Don't cry over the past...or worry
about the future. Just live life to the fullest in the present.