Actors Karishma Tanna and Upen Patel might seem to be very close to each other onscreen, but they are “just friends”, clarify the former’s mother and sister who came to visit her on the sets of an ongoing reality show. “They are very good friends. I have full confidence in my daughter, I am sure she will not do anything wrong,” says Karishma’s mother Jasmina.
Her sister Grishma Kadam, who did not get a chance to meet her sister, also clarifies. “She is very firm with her herself and knows why she is in the show. She needs a support in the house and this is why she is close to Upen. Everyone else is busy pulling each other down in the house,” she says.
While actor Puneet Issar is often seen to be at loggerheads with Karishma in the show, a sarcastic tweet by his daughter questioning if Karishma’s father died due her stupidity, has left the latter’s family aghast. “We were shocked. Celebrity accounts are always hacked, but she (Nivriti, Punnet’s daughter) is not really a celebrity. My mother was almost in tears when she heard about this. But they are saying it’s a misunderstanding. However, we have never said anything about anyone else on the show,” adds Grishma.
The actor’s mother had visited the sets of the show earlier as well, but was not able to meet Karishma, as the ­contestants were assigned a task. “We are so happy to see her in the house. She was thrilled to see me,” says Jasmina.