Teenage actors Mahima Makhwala, 16, and Roopal Tyagi, 17, visited Hotel Hometel, Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh, on Thursday, to chitchat with the huge fan following that the region has to offer. "The feedback that the people of Punjab have given us on our Facebook page let us know how much the people here love our characters. So, we decided to pay them a visit," say Roopal and Mahima.
Unlike any other teenager, the two young damsels hit the right chords during the interaction, thanks to their undeterred confidence. About their age, and the innocence that it brings, getting in the way of their career in the industry, Roopal says, "I live alone in Mumbai at this age.
Thus, it's only obvious that the exposure that one gets in a metro city like Mumbai braces you for the road ahead. Though I'd like to believe that I was smart enough before joining the industry, the work and the life of Mumbai has made me confident and street smart."
Mahima's views about the same are, "Being brought up in an all-girls school, I was wary of interacting with boys. But working on the sets of our show has taught me a lot and given me a lot of confidence. My mother always wanted for me to be an actor, irrespective of the age. Thus, with her help till now, and ahead, I'm going to continue to attain all that I aspire for."
Though famous as Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke's Gunjan, Roopal Tyagi started her career as an assistant to Bollywood choreographer Pony Verma. "I've been assisting Pony Verma on several films by Priyadarshan sir, and thus have worked on all his films from Chupke Chupke to Bhool Bhulaiyaa.
But then I reached a stage where I realised that I wanted to be in front of the camera. Thus, I took to acting in popular shows such as Fauji 2, Choti Si Zindagi, Hamari Betiyon Ka Vivah and Dil Mil Gaye," she says.
Roopal also claims to have gotten many offers from the south, but she says she has not been considering any, since she wants to focus on serials, which take up 12 to 13 hours of her day.
As for Mahima, the camera has been a childhood companion. "I was just five years old when I got my first television soap, Mohe Rang De. I've also done Jhansi Ki Rani on Zee TV, Balika Vadhu on Colors and Aahat and CID on Sony," she says.