Dipika Kakar is a household name with the hit TV show Sasural Simar Ka under her belt. Even after four and a half years with the serial, she feels that there are still many shades to her role that keep her going. As her personal life continues to make news (she recently got divorced), Dipika talks to us about moving on after parting ways with pilot Raunak Mehta, and more.
How has your life changed?
I’m relieved; it was a phase in my life that I don’t want to go back to. Maybe it was meant to happen, as I learnt a lot from it. But now I want that chapter to be closed.
Reports claim that you have been dating your ex co-star, Shoaib Ibrahim, for over two years now. Why do you keep mum about the relationship?
I will update everyone about my personal life, as and when I need to. I am not saying anything [about Shoaib]. Right now, I don’t want to comment on my personal life at all.
Would you consider getting married again?
I don’t plan to die old and alone (laughs). I will get married at some point. I am a human being, and I have made mistakes, but I have also learnt from them.
Who are your closest friends?
Shoaib is a close friend. Abhishek Sharma and Deepak Ramola are good friends. Jyotsna Chandola is also a close friend.
Do you have any plans of venturing out of TV?
I am satisfied with TV, and I don’t aspire to move on to anything else.
You have been doing your daily soap for four and a half years now.
In today’s times, when shows are going off air in a few months, it is good to be part of one show that has lasted for a long time, and one that also delivers good ratings. Playing the lead, too, has made a huge difference to my career. This is ‘the’ show for me. The best part about my character is that every few months, there are changes made to the storyline. That leads to changes in my character too. So, essentially, it feels like I am playing a new role every few months. People often ask me if I get bored, but I don’t, as the journey of my character hasn’t been monotonous. I have no complaints.
There are several online petitions urging the makers to end the show. Have you seen these?
Yes, I have. I also hear a lot of jokes about the show. But if people really feel that way, then how do we get such high ratings? This is a business. So, whatever works will stay on air. In fact, once the supernatural track on our show became a hit, many others started following suit. I am proud of it.