Parul Chauhan, popularly known as Ragini, the dark sister on
Sapnaa Babul ka Bidaai
on Star Plus, has been nursing an injury these days. Her body bears burn marks on the mid-riff and her thighs.
When asked, she revealed, “I have been wearing my saris really low because of the injury. I went into the kitchen to make coffee for myself. After putting all the ingredients in the mug, I put the gas on. I lifted the patila with a pakkad while the water was still boiling. And I suddenly heard someone calling me. I turned around to see and lost the pakkad’s balance. The boiling water fell on me.”
Despite that, the actress didn’t take a day off to rest. Instead, she continued to work because the show, produced and directed by Rajan Shahi, doesn’t have an episode bank.
“I am still on painkillers. It was too bad because I couldn’t sit home even for half a day. Had I asked for it, I would have been permitted but I know we can’t take offs right now because it’s tight rope walking...we’re shooting today and airing tomorrow,” she says.
The actress confesses that wearing saris low also doesn’t help... it’s still painful. “Imagine the sari touching that wound... you can’t imagine what pain it was. I had to apply ointments to my thighs and my midriff and then work all day. The wound was bandaged for the first few days. I couldn’t even cry all the time but my co-actors were sympathetic,” she sighs.
As for her parents, she says, her mother was really worried while her father was by her side. They were fortunately in town when the incident happened. “My mother wept so much. She can’t see me in pain. So, I had to show restrain. I couldn’t cry in front of her though my baba knew what I was going through. Now the pain has nearly subsided,” she states.
What about the burn marks then, which take long to heal? She says that her doctor has put her on medication, which will take care of that. “I just wish the marks are erased soon because I feel very uncomfortable when I slip into my short tees or denims... the wound is biggish. The marks become visible with the tees. The saris are good in that way, because they hide everything very well.”