Main Teri Parchayi Hoonturns 100 tonight.. how has it been?
Tiring. We have been shooting for nearly 10 months though the show has been on air for only four months. Time has just flown past.
Have you changed in these 10 months?
I've never believed in moulding myself according to the characters I play. I did no homework. Aanchal is a simple, girl-nextdoor.. very easy to relate to.
You recently bagged a trophy at the New Talent Award Function..
(Smiles) Yeah, these awards are based on public voting, so it was proof that people like me. I was so kicked.
Is Main Teri Parchayi Hoon as good or as bad as the other soaps?
It's as good as them.. even better, I'd say. There are no extra-marital affairs and 10 kids. Every episode has a positive message.
You once said that the love story between you and Sameer Dharmadhikari in the show is very mature..
Thankfully it still is. Hundred episodes down, we haven't yet expressed our love for each other.
Doesn't Sameer look older than you on screen?
(Laughs) When he shaves off his beard and loses a little weight, he looks younger than me. When he grows back his beard and puts on a few kilos.. he looks older.
What's your equation with him offscreen?
He thinks I was born to eat.. which is true.
How did you end up on TV?
I did an advertising course and initially worked for an event management company. Then, I was called for a BAG serial audition. They didn't like my screen test. Later, they called and told me I'd bagged the role.
You had short stints in
Kumkum.. Pyara Sa Bandhanand
, my character was going nowhere, so I opted out. I wanted to do something exciting. I'm lucky I moved on from
Main Teri Parchayi Hoon
Main Teri Parchayi..Aanchal sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of children she doesn't even know.. would you ever do that?
Aanchal is consumed by guilt. She feels she is responsible for the death of the children's mother. I don't know how I would react in such a situation.
What's your take on kids?
I love kids and the trio in this show love me too. They fight among themselves to greet me in the morning.
Any other shows in the pipeline?
I may be dancing soon on a reality programme.
What about your love life?
Ooh, I so want to be in love!
Any actors on television you'd like to be paired with?
I like Naman Shaw, Gurmeet Singh and Siddhart Shukla. (Laughs) Siddharth would look great in a movie.. with me.