Pehredar Piya Ki actor: I don’t blame people for showing anger against the show’s theme
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Pehredar Piya Ki actor: I don’t blame people for showing anger against the show’s theme

Actor Tejasswi Prakash says that contrary to what viewers have grasped from the promos, the show doesn’t promote child marriage.

tv Updated: Jul 08, 2017 15:17 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Pehredaar Piya Ki,Tejasswi Prakash,TV
The show Pehredar Piya Ki shows an 18-year-old woman married to a 10-year-old.

Television show Pehredar Piya Ki, which shows an 18-year-old woman married to a 10-year-old, has been making news ever since the promo released. Some viewers have got the impression that the show is about paedophilia and child marriage, and actor Tejasswi Prakash, who plays the lead in show, says she doesn’t have a problem with people thinking that.

“I don’t blame them because that is how it has come across in the promos. We cannot deny the fact that in the show I am married to a 10 year old kid,” says Tejasswi, who rose to popularity after playing the role of Ragini in daily soap Swaragini. “It’s just that the story is way more than that and it’s not focussing on how we are a happily married couple and that every 18-year-old should fall for a 10-year-old kid in school. We are not encouraging that at all. The show is about the maturity that a girl at that age shows to protect a boy.”

What was her reaction when she heard the story for the first time?

“I was like, ‘what? Can you repeat it?’” she laughs, and adds, “Later when I got to know the storyline in detail I understood how challenging the character is going to be and how beautiful this story is. I was also shocked initially.”

Tejasswi is positive that it won’t take more than six months for the audience to fall in love with the show and her character Diya.

“The show has created a lot of buzz and though people have written wrong things, they have noticed the show. Six months down the line people will know me as Diya and not as Ragini,” she says.

Earlier, shows such as Balika Vadhu have addressed the issue of child marriage in India. However, with her new show, Tejasswi assures that they are not promoting the social evil in any way.

“Over here we are not promoting child marriage at all or how beautifully our love story is going to evolve,” she says.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 15:15 IST