On Friday noon, Sagar Arts’ Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Wo Rab Ki Marzi on Sahara One became Kismat Konnection. The leads, Neha Marda and Neil Bhatt, and a villain made their way into the new skin of the show leaving the rest in the 18th century (that was the time frame shown in the show earlier). The ghagra-clad Sunaina became the contemporary Naina.
Quiz Marda if she’s apprehensive about wearing western clothes on screen and she says, “These are the regular casual clothes that I actually wear. But then, in the three years that I have been around, I have only been seen in Indians and mostly ghagras and lehengas. In fact, the lehengas I wear on Balika Vadhu are quite popular. That’s become part of my image now. So, this will be a drastic change but I am ready to take the comments.”
Lights, camera, action
The actress arrived at 8 am on the set, though the shoot for the first episode only began at 3 pm at S J Studio, Andheri. The show’s promos were shot from the night before till about 7 am on Friday. Marda admitted that she was extremely tired after the exercise. “I only got time to go home, have a shower and brush my teeth. I had to be here at 8 am because make-up, clothes, styling and fittings had to be worked upon,” she adds.
Buzz is that 95 per cent of the older cast has been replaced by a new one. Wouldn’t she miss being with the original cast of the show. Marda says that she had barely shot with them. Her major portions were with Neil Bhatt, who would be around even in the new show. “Neil is not paired opposite me anymore. We have different partners. But whenever we come across each other, we do get flashes of our past life and that’s where we connect.”
In the opening scene of Kismat.. Marda’s character Naina introduces her boyfriend to her father. Would Marda do such a thing in real life? “Never. Mine is an orthodox Marwadi family. They have given me only limited space. So, I don’t think I can afford a boyfriend and then introduce him to my father too. I’ve already told my mother to look for a groom for me. In three years of being an actress, I still don’t have a boyfriend because I’ve never had the time,” she smiles.
Buzz on her new set is that she is dating the executive producer, Imran, of Kismat Konnection. She laughs the rumour off. “I am not dating anyone. Imran is just a colleague. When I date someone, my family will be the first to know, not the people on the sets. Since I’m close to my mum, I would tell her first and she would then put it across to my dad. They wouldn’t read about it first in the papers. For now, I would only like to concentrate on work please.”
Yeah, sure, we say.