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Kritika Kamra has not watched the original Chandrakanta and doesn’t intend to

Kritika Kamra, who is set to play princess Chandrakanta in a new adaptation of Devaki Nandan Khatri’s novel, has not watched the original show.

tv Updated: Feb 18, 2017 20:10 IST
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Prem Ya Paheli, Chandrakanta, which will also feature Sudesh Berry, Chandan Anand, Ankit Arora and Abhishek Awasthi, will be aired on Life OK starting March 4.(Instagram/Kritika Kamra)

Kritika Kamra, who is returning on the small screen with Prem Ya Paheli, Chandrakanta -- a modern interpretation of the eponymous novel by Devaki Nandan Khatri -- says she has not watched the mid-1990s series Chandrakanta, and wishes to interpret the princess in her own manner.

“As a child, I watched some episodes of the original series, which I don’t remember now. I remember the song and some characters clearly. But I have not watched it for preparation, because I wanted to keep a clean slate to interpret it my way,” Kritika told IANS here on Thursday.

“It’s a conscious decision to not do that as then I will perform that like that only. It wasn’t nostalgia that urged me to do this show. It was the fact that playing her will be challenging for me. I had never done a costume drama or a fantasy show before,” she added.

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Kritika said the show is like India’s “homegrown Princess Diaries”.

“The makers of this show have made some magnum opus shows like Mahadev and Siya Ke Ram. It was a gut feeling to do this, more than anything else,” she said.

Kritika went through a lot of training for the role.

“I had to make some internal (personality) changes for this role as she is not a girl next door, but a princess. The way she behaves, walks and speaks -- I had to learn that. I am also learning horse riding, doing a bit of action... Also, the language is a mix of good Hindi and Urdu. So I am learning a lot,” she said.

Prem Ya Paheli, Chandrakanta, which will also feature Sudesh Berry, Chandan Anand, Ankit Arora and Abhishek Awasthi, will be aired on Life OK starting March 4.

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First Published: Feb 10, 2017 13:45 IST