What happened in that finale episode of Zara Nach Ke Dikha?
The boys walked out.. which I think was silly. Especially since they were on national television. They should have
performed well and then told the judges that we don’t want your judgment because we are not happy with it. Then it would make sense. Walking out was not the solution.
Bhaktyar Irani claimed that Saroj Khan had a grudge against him.
What he says doesn’t matter. It was just a way of justifying their loss. Everyone told me that I really deserved to win.
They’re getting more publicity because of what they’ve done.. which the girls, despite winning, haven’t got. Main jeet kar bhi haar gayi aur Bhaktyar haar kar bhi jeet gaya. He’s in all the papers. What have I got? I’m the winner and no one is even looking at me.
How come you had a wardrobe malfunction in almost every episode?
It was very unfortunate but I’m glad that I came out of it with dignity and grace. I think I handled it well with my presence of mind.
People can easily say that I did it for publicity. But I’d never stoop to such low levels. We come from respectable families too. Whatever happened was accidental and not on purpose. Malaika named me disaster queen!
You okay about playing the vamp in Bidaai?
It is a superb experience and the best character I’ve played till date. People love Malti. I’ve made her very cute rather than negative and bitchy. Apne pallu ke aad mein Malti can get away with murder. People come up to me and laughingly tell me my oft-repeated line, ‘Jhooth toh main bolti nahi.’
What else are you busy with?
Right now I’m only concentrating on Bidaai. I think I owe it to my producer Rajan Shahi who has always stood by me. He brought Malti to my life.
Very few know that you are actress Rinku Dhawan’s sister.
I never told people because I did not want to encash on her name. Yes, I did take help from Kiran Karmakar and her in terms of getting contacts and approaching people. But those people only treated me well during auditions because I was Kiran Karmarkar’s sister-in-law and Rinku Dhawan’s sister. I never got any substantial work out of it. Today whatever I am I have achieved myself through my hardwork.
You were also with Balaji Telefilms for a long time.
I started off my career with Kya Haadsa Kya Haqeeqat and then moved on to Kesar and Kayamath. But for two years I literally struggled to make my niche at Balaji.. somehow it never happened. Finally, I moved out when I took up Bidaai. I still feel sorry about my exit.. and wonder why I didn’t get good work in Balaji when I’m getting so much appreciation outside.
What’s the latest with you and Sailesh Gulabani?
He’s the closest person to me after my parents. I hope everything falls into place and we can spend our lives together. He’s a wonderful guy. You know, he once sang a song for me in the restaurant in front of everyone. Considering he’s quite shy, it took me by surprise and left me dumbfounded. He’s such a child at heart.
What do you generally do in your free time?
I sleep for eighteen hours! I also make it a point to go clubbing every weekend, no matter how busy I am. I sing very well and I’m good with mimicry. I’m famous in my group for imitating Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan