Newly married TV actor Drashti Dhami has enjoyed her 11-month break from work, and soon will return to the small screen with a new serial. The actor, who is glad to have spent time with her husband, businessman Neeraj Khemka, says she is eager to get back to work again.
Here, she talks about the break, how life has changed post-marriage, and more.
Your wedding was a low-key affair, but it created a lot of buzz in the media.
I wanted to keep the wedding a private affair, and I think I managed to do that to a certain extent. But I was happy to see the response from my fans online. Neeraj is okay with it (media frenzy) now. But he is camera-shy, and doesn’t like to give interviews.
How does it feel to be married?
I don’t feel anything has changed. The journey so far has been very smooth; it didn’t feel like a transition. The only difference is that earlier, I lived with my mum, and now, I stay with my husband. My in-laws are pretty chilled out.
How is Neeraj as a husband?
He was a fabulous boyfriend, and is the same as a husband. Now, I don’t talk to him that often on the phone, as we know we will meet every evening. We make sure we spend time together, and wait for each other. He’s very supportive, which is wonderful.
You have been away from TV for 11 months now. Was that a conscious decision?
No, Madhubala (her last TV show) ended in August 2014, and I had shot for the pilot of my new show a while ago. The plan was to air that in March, but then that got shifted to July; things worked in my favour. I got enough time to enjoy my wedding preparations and ceremonies, and also to settle into the new house.
Did you miss the limelight?
Not till February, when I got married. I always wanted to get married when I wasn’t shooting for a show. I wanted to enjoy the preparations. Post the wedding, there was nothing much for me to do at home. Everyone was busy with work. So, after a period of relaxation and spending time with the family, I was looking forward to shooting again. How much can you cook, or hang out with your friends? There was nothing to keep me occupied at home.