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‘It’s uncalled for that fans ask YHM to be shut down’

Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya talks about her relationship with trolls, and her hit show Yeh Hai Mohabattein completing 1500 episodes

tv Updated: Jun 08, 2018 15:15 IST
Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya,Ekta Kapoor,Yeh Hai Mohabattein
Divyanka says it was unexpected that fans asked for the show to be shut down.

When Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya signed on for producer Ekta Kapoor’s TV show Yeh Hai Mohabattein in 2013, she didn’t expect it to be the biggest high of her career till date. The ongoing show has completed 1500 episodes and has been raking in good ratings on the small screen for five years now. The actor says, “When you take on a show, you want it to be a huge success. How long it lasts is up to the audiences. Our storyline has always been interesting, not just for the audiences but the cast too. It has not dragged on which makes us actors happy and satisfied to be part of a show. Though it’s been five years, we haven’t reached a stagnation point yet.”

Divyanka had to deal with a lot of flak for the derogatory remarks that her character receives on the show including being called a barren woman by her husband. Ask her if it is tough to enact scenes which are against her personal beliefs, where she is abused, and she says, “That scene was harsh and it is tough (to act) but you have remember that ultimately I am an actor. Moreover, my character has time and again stood up for women and women’s rights and never taken any ill-treatment lying down. What was perhaps unexpected is the reaction of fans who created hashtags on social media asking for the show to be shut down due to this storyline. It was uncalled for. Social media can be funny and interesting at times. People create random hashtags and others join in without realising what they are becoming a part of.”

Recently when trolls attacked your husband Vivek Dahiya claiming he does not share anything related to you on social media, and that he does not love you anymore, you gave them a piece of your mind. You have responded to trolls in the past too. Why? She says, “Why not? As a celebrity, I have a relationship with my fans and followers on social media. I feel when they express an opinion that I don’t agree with or which isn’t true, I prefer clarifying the same rather than letting it slide and fester. In any relationship — be it personal or on social media, there has to be a give and take. It can’t be one-sided. Talking out things or explaining your side diffuses problems. That’s how I feel about my fans.”

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 15:14 IST