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‘It’s a challenge to portray a mature 30-year-old, when I am just 23, in real life: Tejasswi Prakash

Monday, November 13, 2017
By Chaitanya Padukone

Charming TV actress Tejasswi Prakash Wayangankar can be tagged a ‘beauty with brains. She is otherwise a qualified Electronics Engineer who drifted into telly-biz, thanks to her ‘classic good looks’.  The winsome Tejasswi whose previous controversial “regressive” television show ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’,  was yanked off the air by Sony Channel and is now back with a bang. This time, the series is in a ‘restructured—flash forward’ version of the previously axed ‘Pehredaar….’ show and is titled ‘Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya’ in the 9 pm slot on Sony TV.  The ‘promos’ of the new show ‘Rishta Likhenge……’ and its initial episodes, which have high-octane drama and action against the backdrop of the exotic sandy dunes and the royal heritage of Rajasthan have already fascinated discerning home-viewers. The Afternoon D & C met the smart-witted Tejasswi for a quick rapid-fire’. Excerpts:

Was it heart-breaking for you that ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ was abruptly aborted from being telecast ?      
Of course, it did upset me, because there was aggressive anti-publicity and the unusual theme of ‘Pehredaar….’ I feel, was totally misinterpreted. Also, I was playing the title role. At the same time, I was optimistic and was looking forward to them working out a quick-salvage-solution. Now that the script has been creatively ‘restructured’ as ‘Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya’, where I am playing an almost 30-year-old version of ‘Diya’s character, I am maha-delighted. During the no-shooting ‘break’ period of two weeks, I even flew to Hong Kong as a tourist and did so many other things.

How is the previous 'Diya' character different from the current one?  
Hmm, there are transforming changes. In the previous show, there was more emphasis on authentic looks and ethnic outfits. Now they have ‘beautified’ my character which looks more modern, realistic, yet has a royal aura. The previous Diya was quite innocent and vulnerable. After this 12-year ‘leap’ in the ‘Rishta…’ show, also produced by Shashi-Sumeet Mittal, the new Diya is smart, savvy, outspoken and can’t be fooled. All the same, she is duty-bound and a woman of commitment who will go out of the way to protect Ratan, in fulfilling her ‘vachan’ (promise)!

What are the biggest challenges you are facing in ‘Rishta Likhenge…’ ?   
Endearing myself to home-audiences with my 30 year old ‘Diya’ character is a major challenge. In real life I am just 23,  and I don’t even look ‘thirtyish’. The script requires me to ‘behave’ like a mature, serious-minded 30-year-old who doesn’t even know how to smile. The lead adult character of Ratan (played by handsome actor Rohit Suchanti) whom I am loyally protecting, is shown in his early 20s. Secondly, there is a lot of daring physical action and sword-fencing combat scenes and even ‘camel-riding’. Although there is risk involved, I don’t use a ‘body double’ for my stunt-action scenes and enjoy doing them myself.

In real-life what is your ‘take’ on the elder-girl-much-younger-boy relationships ?
  Never say never---life is as unpredictable as our television show (smiles). Where there is genuine mutual true love, one should never judge relationships factoring only ‘age-differences’.

How was the experience when both of you sauntered into the haunted Rajasthani Bhangarh fort?    
 We did visit the supposedly mysterious daarawna Bhangarh killa, (eerie fort). The anti-climax was that it was none other than my ‘prankster’ co-star Rohit who was pretending to be the scary ‘ghost’ ( laughs). Incidentally, in real-life, Rohit is from Rajasthan.

Since you love to perform daring action-stunts, would you be game for ‘KKK’ ?  
If offered  ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’  in future, I would certainly wish to participate,  since action and adventure turn me on. Off-screen, I am a trained Bharata Natyam classical dancer. Whenever I get leisure-time I also have my singing riyaaz sessions as well.

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