Actor Mahhi Vij decided to move to Mumbai for a career in showbiz when she was just 17. There were financial issues and lifestyle changes. But the actor says that she braved it all.
The actor rose to fame after playing the role of Nakkusha in the show Laagi Tujhse Lagan and after that there was no looking back.
“I come from a middle-class family. When I shifted to Mumbai I told my father that I will never be a burden on him. So there were times when we did not have money to pay rent and I did not have courage to tell my father. But somebody up in the heaven was looking after me and I would bag some project and would be able to afford the expenses. So my struggle would be over before it would even start,” she says.
Stardom started sinking in when Vij met strangers who started to recognise her.
“I had gone to a very small village near Pune with a population of I think 50 people. I didn’t even know if they had a television or not. They came up to me and said ‘Nakku’. I was so surprised. I was travelling once and a 80 year old woman came up to me and said that I am her favourite. That gave me a lot of happiness,” says Vij.
What was it about her husband Jay Bhanushali that made her realise he is the ‘one’ for her before they tied the knot in 2011?
“With Jay it was love at first sight for both of us and we immediately decided to get married. I told him that I don’t want to get into a relationship. If you are game for getting married then only we would move forward to knowing each other and he agreed. I liked that bit about him that he is so committed,” says Vij
The actor confesses that reports of trouble in her married life with Bhanushali had upset her and family a lot. “It’s not about us. It is about our families feeling bad after reading stuff about us. They are getting old and we should just give them happiness and not sleepless nights.”
Favourite food: Rajma Chawal
Describe yourself in 3 words: Honest, loyal, loving
Things fans don’t know about Mahhi Vij: I am highly emotional. I am very fast in whatever I do. I am a foodie. I am a little lazy when it comes to gymming.
Any phobia: I have many phobias. I have phobia of heights and creepy crawly creatures. I can’t be in a dark room.
What turns you off in people: I don’t like fake people.
Your notion of success: Getting respect by everyone.
Your pillar of strength: My father