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‘So cool to be called ‘Babes’, even though I am a traditional mom’: Paridhi Sharma

Thursday, December 20, 2018
By Chaitanya Padukone

The gracefully charming TV actress Paridhi Sharma who enamoured home-viewers in the telly-avataar of the charismatic royal ‘Jodha’ in the TV show ‘Jodha Akbar’ is now back with a bang in an unconventional mother’s role in the popular ongoing Sony TV daily weekdays show ‘Patiala Babes’ in the 9 pm time slot. Passionate about both painting and dancing, during her leisure, the effervescent Paridhi who has acted in several other TV shows, opens up to The Afternoon D&C Excerpts from the frothy conversation :

What made you opt for Sony’s ‘Patiala Babes’ show for your come-back on TV?
I am feeling very excited to face the camera once again after quite a gap. I had been looking for an appropriate fiction script and after being briefed about ‘Patiala Babes’, I realized it was an author-backed role for me. Initially, I was quite apprehensive as I had to play a grown-up girl’s mother’s role and would be known as ‘Babes’. But, it was amazingly cool, fascinating and relatable for every woman and for teenaged girls.

What is the ‘khaas baat’ about your character ‘Babita’?
It’s a heartwarming journey where the teenaged daughter not only gives ‘wings’ to her mother but helps her take the leap of faith and self-confidence and transform her into ‘Babes’. She is a diligent house wife. A stoic yet hesitant, under-confident woman. While her daughter gives her the constant nudging push to pursue her talent, her phobia of ‘log kya sochenge –log kya kahenge ’ often acts as a mental speed-breaker.

Being a real-life mother, was it easier to develop an emotional connect for your screen- character?
Had this TV show come to me before I became a ‘mother’, I don’t think I would have been able to feel the emotions so strongly. For any actor to play Babita, it is very important to know how a mother feels and how she would react to her child. There are moments when even I am moved by the way Babita thinks. Honestly, if I have a daughter in future, I would nurture the same bonding that this on-screen mother-daughter duo share.

 In your previous show ‘Jodha Akbar’, you wore heavy ethnic jewellery, but your ‘plain Jane’ attire in ‘Patiala Babes’ is in sheer contrast?
So true. My historical character ‘Jodha’ had to wear such heavy costumes and jewellery because my royal role demanded it. Out here, it’s a very simple, homely look with minimum make-up and hardly any jewellery. It’s the same ‘realistic’ look we prefer at home or in our private, personal space.

How was the experience getting ‘scooty’ lessons from your ‘ziddi’ screen-daughter?
We shot for scenes where beti Mini (Ashnoor Kaur) is teaching me how to ride a scooty. But, in reality, it was the other way around. Must say, Ashnoor is a brilliant actress and a fabulous co-actor. She also keeps giving me tips on getting the right Punjabi accent.

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