After soaring to great heights with her debut serial Bidaai, Parul Chauhan went missing only to join another show called Pratha after a year-long break. Now, after two years, she returns to the small screen once again with Punar Vivaah 2 (PV). However, the actor remains unfazed and is full of confidence when it comes to her acting abilities. In this interview, she talks about her break, upcoming films and her rivals in the industry.
Where did you disappear after Pratha for two years?
I was doing a movie called Myoho — The Mystic Law (2012), which was an art film. It got great reviews even if it didn’t do well commercially. I have two other mainstream film offers, but it will take a while to shoot for them. Meanwhile, I was offered PV and I took it up as it felt right.
Do you regret leaving TV for films?
I never said I was leaving TV for films. I was in touch with people and would keep getting offers for shows. In fact, in these two years, I even signed two shows which were supposed to go on the floors, but the deals fell through.
Sara Khan and you started off with Bidaai. Later, her career took off while yours saw a lull. How did you handle that?
Everyone has a different way of handling their career. She wanted to do certain things whereas I wanted to do different things. I never compare myself with others. I am confident and have full faith in my abilities. Even today when I meet people I worked with during Bidaai, they tell me I am the same and haven’t changed despite my popularity. That compliment warms my heart.
Do you find the TV industry to be fickle, and a place where no one is indispensable?
Yes, that’s a fact. People can be replaced overnight in this industry. There are several reasons for an actor to quit a show or for a production company to throw them out. In Pratha, I had replaced Rubina Dilaik, and so is the case with PV.
A lot has been said about your relationship with Yashdeep. Are the two of you still dating?
Yes. But I don’t want to talk about him. Too much was said earlier and things got out of hand. Now, I want to focus only on my work.
Is marriage on the cards?
You have a tattoo on your thigh. That is an odd place to have one.
People have told me that before. I got a tattoo on my back when I was doing Bidaai and recently got this angel tattoo on my thigh. The reason is that when I was a kid, my granny spilt hot water on me accidentally and I got a scar, which is very visible. So this was a way to cover it.
A question you have been asked numerous times?
“How dark were you in Bidaai?” When people see me without make-up, they say the makers made my skin look darker for the show.
A disturbing trend on TV?
Replacing actors in an instant. People in this industry feel insecure about their jobs.
A show you think is successful?
Diya Aur Baati Hum (DABH) is doing really well and depicts the relationship between a mother, son and daughter-in-law well. It isn’t cliché and keeps things interesting. I also like Qubool Hai, which has an engaging storyline.
An actor you feel is popular?
Neelu Waghela who plays Bhabhoo in DABH, Karan Singh Grover, Vikrant Messey and Surbhi Jyoti from Qubool Hai. I find them all to be fantastic actors.
A theme you want to see on TV?
I want to see a full-on romantic drama on TV. Shows start off with a romantic storyline but tend to transform in to family dramas later on. I want to see a tv serial to have the romantic feel of a Shah Rukh Khan movie.