A tryst with Indian TV's Mr and Mrs Don
Archana Puran Singh and Parmeet Sethi speak about the latter?s new TV show DON and the ups and downs of life.india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 15:32 IST
Parmeet'skundali, a panditji once said is like Lord Ram’s kundali. “ The panditji had said that Parmeet will never marry again,” says Archana Puran Singh to which Parmeet Sethi says, “In that case, you will have to obey all that I say.” “You mean, I’m Sita? OK, then first let me adjust my neckline,” sheretorts and they both laugh uproariously.
Interviewing Sethi and his wife is a fun ride as they crack jokes, pull each other’s legs and when it comes to giving serious answers they finish off each other’s sentences.
Such is the camaraderie that you would rather be a fly on the wall and watch them together having a good time. We meet them on the sets of DON or Detective Omkar Nath, Star One’s new show in which Sethi plays a detective. The two have us believe that the show is doing extremely well and has had a good opening TRP. Singh even lets us in on a little secret.
“You know people have been calling me Mrs Don.” A full-fledged, performance-oriented character in an otherwise female-dominated scenario, has Don come too late in the day for his career? “Well, I’d call it a long wait.
I think Parmeet deserves much more than a supporting part and in that respect, Don has everything he had ever wanted in a character,” says Singh. “When a channel like Star gives you a role like DON you take it. Look what is around me?
Saas bahus, loud comedy shows and silly soaps, so what do I do? No other show has given me a range, a variety to perform and so I would have been really stupid and dumb to let it go.” The duo then go on to say how an actor’s life is always full of “peaks and valleys”. Says Parmeet, “For instance Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge was a peak for me, Dastaan, my show on TV was again a peak. Nach Baliye, again ahit and now Don. One doesn’t always get work which is both creatively satisfying and successful with the audience.” Archana adds,
“And when you do, it’s a big high.” She then remembers how someone told her that “these were Parmeet’s golden years as far as his career is concerned so I think I have a golden goose at home.” They laugh again.
Ask them if Nach Baliye (the celebrity couple dance show which wound up last year) has changed their lives and they say, “Well, the channel had promised us that we would become a famous couple after the show and that’s happened. But as far personal stocks go, no, it wasn’t as if they rose after the show.”
Says Archana, “Don happened at the same time as Nach Baliye and even Kandy Floss which I am doing for Ekta Kapoor was in the pipeline much earlier. Besides, as actors I think we both are pretty much known as Archana and Parmeet unlike a few other couples who were known by the names of the characters they played on the small screen.” Another season of Nach Baliye? They shake their heads. “Once of anything like marriage is enough,” says Archana.
Speaking of Kandy Floss, it’s a show in the magazine format and “is all gossip and behind the scenes of the entertainment industry. Ekta and I have this mutual admiration society between us. We have always wanted to work together but then she knows I wouldn’t do a saas bahu so when Kandy Floss came along, I said ‘yes’.” The show is scheduled to go on air on Sony soon.
On working in TV vis-a-vis films, Parmeet says, “TV is like ghar ka khaana. You eat every day but films are like that one time when you long to go and have some great food in a restaurant. Both are equally important.” Archana is more candid. “TV is pure hard cash. It’s moolah while films are sheer magic.” Parmeet has the last word. “In TV, you have got to know when to say ‘No’. Decide what you want, how much you want and everything will be easy. Because in the search of livelihood, I don’t want to lose out on living life.” And on that note, the two snatch a bite of some chocolate ice cream.