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It’s daringly different from all my earlier roles: Drashti Dhami

Thursday, June 07, 2018
By Chaitanya Padukone

Stunningly beautiful model-actress Drashti Dhami, who is still remembered for her riveting roles in TV shows like 'Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon' has been included several times in the '50 Sexiest Asian Women' list by Eastern Eye. The agile actress is also the winner of the dance reality show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa – Season 6'. Currently Drashti is playing the lead role in the latest Colors TV show 'Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka' with co-stars Shakti Arora and Abhinav Shukla. This  bold, bohemian TV show with cosy, lovey-dovey scenes, premiered on Monday June 4 and will air every Monday-Friday at 10.00 pm on Colors. The Afternoon D & C connected with the elegantly groomed, outspoken Drashti for a conversation. Excerpts:

What is this Colors show 'Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka' all about?
This show will sensitively explore how and why extra-marital relationships take place. It will also expose streaks of domestic abusive violence. The social-thriller show revolves around the lives of Nandini and Rajdeep (Abhinav Shukla) and Kunal (Shakti Arora) and Mauli as to how different situations and circumstances bring various startling twists in their lives. My screen-character is called 'Nandini'.

What made you grab this TV show, considering you had other offers as well?
My attractive, bold, confident character 'Nandini Rajdeep Thakur', who is otherwise a very docile, submissive girl, is distinctly and daringly different from the lead roles I have essayed earlier. This Colors show in the prime time slot is produced by the highly eminent production house 'Sphere Origins' which made the iconic long-running TV show 'Balika Badhu'.

What else?
My contemporary character of the tormented-traumatised wife Nandini goes through tough times, but wants her relationship to work out and makes all efforts to ensure it does. The show brings a lot of challenges in terms of the portrayal of my complex character and that's what I'm most excited about. She meets her close buddy Dr. Mauli (played by vivacious Aditi Sharma) after  so many years and they re-connect, but again there are twists.

How difficult is it to look and play different roles every time?
It's definitely difficult but also an exciting creative challenge to be versatile. Even my ardent loyal fans and home-audiences would prefer variety, isn't it?  As far as I am concerned,  I am entirely a 'director's actress' and allow myself to portray his vision on screen. Besides, my different look, my styling, my get-up and the dialogues-situations, all help me to bring-to-life my character. When I gaze into my make-up mirror and when the director screams 'action',  I am transformed into  'Nandini' (smiles).

Being a 'workaholic' don't you often miss your family?
That’s true – I am a 'workaholic' and love to work, at times over 12 hours a day. But then I really enjoy what I do. Whenever I get an occasional weekly off-break, I do spend 'quality time' with my family and maybe even close friends as you know, I am a fully 'family-centric' person.

How is your chemistry with your 'Silsila...' first-time co-star Shakti Arora?
Although I am working pehli baar with Shakti as a co-star, we share a friendly rapport as I already know him off-screen. Must say, he is a great guy and an amazing buddy-actor. Our 'on-screen' chemistry is already being appreciated by both our fans in the popular promos.

Haven’t you ever been fascinated towards Bollywood movie roles?
Well who isn't, but then I am very happy doing lead TV roles and connecting with the home-audiences. Of course, I am open to web-series, if it's really exciting and something different.

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