Drashti Dhami returned to India earlier this week after a month-long shoot for her upcoming TV show, Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil, in Austria. The actor, who has been part of popular TV shows like Dill Mill Gayye, Geet and Madhubala, Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani , is one of the most popular celebrities on the small screen. Here, she talks about working in a foreign land away from family, the perks of a short haircut and the downsides to being an actor.
You shot for your upcoming TV show in Austria last month. How was the experience?
It was really cold but super fun too. It was my first time ever, shooting abroad for a television show. Earlier, I have shot for ads. Once I began working, I hardly got a day off as we were looking to wrap up our work within the deadline. Moreover, when everyone in the team is working, I wouldn’t know what to do with a day off. I’d rather work and let my time pass that way. We didn’t really get time to see the city but as we were shooting in scenic places and tourist spots, we managed to experience the city. In fact, we got to places where most tourists aren’t allowed as we had to shoot there. We shot in and around Innsbruck and some portions in Salzburg. However, I missed something.
What did you miss?
On this trip, I realised that though I love working, I also love being with my family. I missed my family, my mom, my husband, and my husband’s parents. I was homesick. I was crying every alternate day. I missed the food, the pampering of my mum-in-law, my room, and the comforts of my home. But during the last five days of our shoot, I decided to enjoy the place thoroughly as I would be leaving soon.
Your short haircut has drawn a lot of attention…
Yes, I had a haircut post my last TV show as I wanted a new hairdo. I love the short hair as its hassle free. I don’t have to do anything to my hair before I step out of the house.
You were also in the news for fainting on Karva Chauth and even spotting a ghost. What was that about?
The recent stories that came out about me falling sick on Karva Chauth weren’t true. I was absolutely fine on the sets — giggling and laughing all day. Then I did FaceTime with my husband and broke my fast. My family gets bothered about fake stories and they had called me to ask about my health. The other story was about how, recently, I had a spooky experience and felt a spirit in my hotel lobby. Nothing of that sort happened. These are the drawbacks of being an actor when false stories come out.