Who says 70 mm is the only thing a TV actor aims at? For some small-screen actors, their romance with the idiot box is pretty strong. Despite relentless 12-hour work shifts, Drashti Dhami and Vivian Dsena, the lead actors of tele-serial Madhubala – Ek Ishq, Ik Junoon on Colors, find every reason to love their work.
As they complete 200 episodes of the serial, the duo comes to city on Saturday to promote the show.
From a doctor in Dill Mill Gayye to secretary in Geet - Huyi Sabse Parayi and now a hairdresser in Madhubala…, the journey of five years has made this actor a household name.
Mumbai girl Drashti, who always aspired to be an air hostess, entred into the glamour world by fluke. She shares, “My friend had to audition for a print adverstisement and I went along with her. That’s where I coincindently bagged a print ad followed by a music video. But, I had to take permission of 11 family members to do that video! See, they were not conservative but possesive.”
Drashti has been on a roll ever since.
“Work keeps me busy to an extent that I feel I don’t have a social life. Even on weekends, when friends get together, I’m ususally at the shoots. The only time I get to myself is the one-hour drive time to the shoot. Spending time with friends is the only part of my life that I miss. But it is compensated when fans are eager to get their pictures clicked with me. One of the best compliments that I have received from a fan is, ‘we cry when you cry, we laugh when you laugh’.”
But does the journey end at being a TV star? “I am not interested in doing a Bollywood film until and unless Sanjay Leela Bhansali wants to make Black 2 with me,” she winks.
His looks make him a headturner and his decision to tie the knot at the age of 23 has ceratinly broken many hearts. Vivian Dsena, 23, who hails from Ujjain, Madhaya Pradesh, shares, “At 18 when I completed my Class XII, cleared AIEEE and was all set to enroll myself in an engineering college, the love for modelling took me to Mumbai in 2007 as
one of top 10 contestants of Gladrags Mr India contest. I debuted with Kasamh Se in 2008 followed by playing the lead in Indian supernatural series, Pyar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani, an Indian version of Twilight Saga.”
The actor, who recently married model and TV actor Vahbbiz Doarbjee, has been keeping quite busy with his current show.
“I didn’t even go for a honeymoon as I had to shoot back to back for the show. But the kind of response the show is garnering makes me happy.”