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'Being possessive, I don't believe in sharing one's true love': Diana Khan

Thursday, July 11, 2019
By Chaitanya Padukone

“It’s not always that one gets to witness a magnum opus Muslim social-romantic thriller-drama (‘Bahu Begum’), which deals sensitively with a Nawaabi husband who gets twice-married, brilliantly captured amidst grand ambience and graceful glamour backed by an ensemble cast,” insists Prateek Sharma (of ‘LSD’ Films). This unique lavish show ‘Bahu Begum’ starring the debonair Arijit Taneja, charismatic Sameksha Jaiswal, gorgeous Diana Khan (of ‘Ghayal-Once Again’ movie fame) and the dignified beauty Simone Singh will premiere on Monday, 15th July and will air every Monday to Friday at 9.30 p.m. only on Colors. The Afternoon D&C connected with exuberant model-actress Lady Diana Khan for a candid conversation.

Excerpts:

What is that attracted you to step aboard the Colors show ‘Bahu Begum’?

The unique entertaining theme, the intriguing concept of this lavishly mounted Muslim romantic social drama where three lead characters of Azaan Ali Khan (Arijit Taneja), Noor (Sameksha) and me as Shaayra Anwar being entangled in a web of love, revenge and penance. Complex circumstances compels them to stay ‘together’ in a ‘holy double matrimony’ (do-nikaah). The whole show has an ambience of aristocratic Nawabi culture. It’s an honour to be co-starring with senior actress Simone-ma’am who plays ‘Begum Raziya’ –the mother of the hero ‘Azaan’.

Tell us more about this romantic triangle?
While ‘Noor’ is more of a good friend of Azaan, my character Shaayra represents the passion of mutual love between Azaan and me. So there is this invisible emotional tug-of-war between friendship and intense love. Noor has always dreamt of becoming his ‘begum’ but I am the love-of-his-life.

Was it a tough process being singled out to play ‘Shaayra’?
Apparently, since four months, over 80 female artistes, some of them being well-known, were auditioned for this role. When I did my look-test and auditioned I felt a strong hunch that I am pre-destined to play Shaayra. It was a surreal moment when Prateek-Sir finalized me. Shaayra is a classy fusion of innocence, beauty and empowerment.

How different are you from your character Shaayra?
Total contrast, one can say. We are poles apart. In real-life I am a carefree, masti-loving tomboyish friendly girl. But Shaayra is cautious, tehzeeb-conscious and has her poise and elegance, yet she is a mentally-strong girl. Even now I am learning the intricate tameez-adaayein, the perfect Urdu diction and body-language .

During your horse-riding shoot-scene, you had a freak accident?
Haanjee, shaayad the horse also got infatuated with my good looks.(chuckles). While getting off the from the saddle, when I was on the ground, the horse hit its head on my head from behind. Falling on the ground I became unconscious for nearly five minutes.

In real-life, would you allow your ‘lover-guy’ to be very friendly with another girl?
No way, no sharing --I believe in exclusive true love, as I am possessive. By the way, I share my birthday (Dec 27th) with Salman Khan-Sir and it gives me a sense of pride. My dream-wish lover-boy hero in Bollywood is amazing Ranveer Singh. Hope I get to work with him.

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