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I’m not a chui mui, says Divyanka Tripathi

Divyanka Tripathi talks marriage, babies and spongebaths with Rachana Dubey...

tv Updated: Feb 19, 2009 21:11 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Divyanka Tripathi talks marriage, babies and spongebaths with

Rachana Dubey


Hello. How goes it this morning?
As usual, it’s quarter past nine and I’m already in my costume and make-up.

Is that a routine?
Yeah, I usually have a 13-hour workday. Bu at times we get lucky when we wind up in eight or 10 hours.

Okay. In Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, your character has already had a punar janam. And now you are in coma..
(Smiles)Yeah, I am. And this isn’t an unplanned move. The track was required in the story now. It will add a lot of
drama to the plot. There are plenty of twists, which will come to the fore, now that I’m in coma.

But generally, such a twist happens only when someone has to be replaced or has to take a sabbatical from the show?
It might be the case otherwise. But not in this show. Divya is in coma but I’m still reporting to work everyday for the scheduled number of hours. The show is being shot with me and not my duplicate. So, despite being in coma, I have to be around. Amar (Sharad Malhotra) will be by her side.. weeping and praying to have her back. And you might even see him sponging her.

Did you do any research on coma patients?
Yes, I read up a lot to get the act right. I thought of keeping my eyes wide open while in coma. And I even discussed the idea with the channel but they didn’t agree. They have some other plans. Apparently, there will be a revelation
later. So I gave in.

And any reading up on pregnancy?
(Chuckles) Yeah, lots of it. I was very excited about playing a pregnant woman on the show. I would observe all the
pregnant women around me. I would often go and ask them, “Kaunsa maheena hai?” They would relate their experiences to me. Some of them also tipped me on how to hold newborn babies.

You seem very excited to play a mother. When do you intend to marry and have kids?
I’ve been ready for marriage for the last five to seven years. But you just can’t marry anyone, right? I need to find the right guy and the right family. The day I find something worth my while, I will get married and have kids too.

What about Sharad Malhotra, your pati parmeshwar in Banoo Mein Teri Dulhann?
He’s a nice guy. But if we hadn’t met on the sets of this show, we wouldn’t even have been friends. As individuals, we are poles apart. He’s this sophisticated westernised guy who generally likes to speak in English. On the other hand, I am a rough and tough desi girl who prefers talking in Hindi. I’m not a chui-mui. If Sharad and I had met elsewhere, we would have never wanted to meet each other again.

And what’s the equation now?
Strangely enough, we’re the best of friends. We understand each other well. We are almost always together. Thanks to our story line which doesn’t let our characters ever go apart.

With a spate of reality dance shows on, will we get to see you on any?
Nope. I don’t want to bite more than I can chew. I prefer to keep my focus on one show at a time. Banoo Main.. takes up most of my time. This show gave me everything. It’s like my mother. And I had dabbled with a dance show along with Banoo.. but I was disappointed. I couldn’t do justice to either of the two. If I take up something, I want to do complete justice to it. So, I will not repeat that. And I’m not even a fan of those kind of shows. So, no thanks yaar!

First Published: Feb 19, 2009 21:07 IST