It is a big achievement for newcomers to be part of a hit show, and Surbhi Jyoti knows that. She has made a mark with her effervescent character of Zoya Farooqui in Qubool Hai. The story of the show may be interesting, but a large part of its success is because of her chemistry with co-star Karan Singh Grover. The 23-year-old Punjabi girl now talks about how she didn’t know who he was and how she is yet to feel the high of success yet.
How was it working with a senior like Karan? You were a newcomer when you started. Were you nervous?
Initially, I’d cry a lot because I’d miss my family. Karan supported me and pushed me to do better. But I’d not seen or known him before the show. I’d never watched much TV, so I didn’t have an idea that he was so big in the TV industry. I even told him that and he simply laughed it off. Once I started working, I realised how crazy his female fans are about him.
Rumours claim that he mentors you and guides you on how to handle and conduct yourself. Is that true?
Not at all; he’s a chilled-out person. He has never suggested anything. I know what to do and when.
Is there any awkwardness during the romantic scenes?
Initially, there was as he’s quite senior. I used to be conscious, but after being on the show for a year, I am used to it. Karan treats me like a kid on the sets. He plays pranks and pulls my leg all the time.
There were reports that Karan’s wife Jennifer was nervous about your chemistry with him and even began visiting the sets.
Karan and Jenny’s house is close to the sets, so she keeps dropping by. Her visits have nothing to do with anything (the chemistry). Perhaps there’s a rule to link co-stars. I don’t feel that bad because we know there’s nothing going on. Both of them are good friends of mine and in fact, more than Karan, Jenny gives me advice and talks to me about the industry, its ways, how to go about it, fitness, style statements and so on. They are an amazing couple.
After doing Punjabi films, you took on a Hindi serial. Why not switch to Hindi films?
I have done a couple of Punjabi serials and a movie, yet with this show, I think I have stepped up in life. From a regional medium, I am on a national platform today, which feels great. Everyone wants to do films and I too harbour ambitions. I have got some offers, but I’d rather focus on my show right now.
A habit you want to get rid of?
I trust people easily. However, in a city like Mumbai, if you live alone, and you need to be more careful.
A question you have been asked numerous times?
Are you just like Zoya (her character in the show) in real life?
A question you don’t want to answer ever?
Is there something going on between Karan and you?
An unbelievable scene you played?
When I had to be buried in the ground for a scene, it was quite tough. I am a cleanliness freak, so imagine being covered in mud the whole day.
An actor you feel is popular?
Mohit Raina is quite popular, as is his show (Mahadev).