Sakshi Tanwar Interview: Bade Ache Lagte Hai (Old Interview)
Paarvati or Priya? It’s Saakshi Tanwar
Coming from a conservative family and being bright in studies, she wanted to become an IAS officer but destiny had something different in store. She landed in tellydom to become one of the most successful actresses in the history of Indian soap operas. Meet Saakshi Tanwar, who ruled the world of kitschy saris and screechy dialogues for the longest time as ‘Paarvati’ in Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki. Although she acted prominently in a number of other TV series – including Ehsaas, Dastoor, Bhanwar and X-Zone – it was her role of telly-world’s favourite ‘Paarvati bhabhi’ that brought her at par with any Bollywood star. Interestingly, she also featured in some movies but failed to deliver. Saakshi, at present, is getting rave reviews for her performances in Bade Achche Lagte Hain on Sony. On her recent trip to Delhi for the launch of city’s first Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge, Saakshi revealed all about her success stories.
How do you rate your success till date?
Frankly speaking, I can’t rate it but I must say that I am fortunate enough to have done roles and characters of my choice and likings. I never ever thought of such success before but it eventually happened. I’ve carved a niche of my choice. It’s a bonus that I’ve been a part of the industry for such a long time. The kind of success I accomplished through Kahani … for eight-long years is more than sufficient for me.
Tell us something about your initial days in the industry?
It just happened and kept on happening one by one. I never asked anyone and didn’t ever run for the roles. By word of mouth, the offers started coming in from one person to the other. I would say I am really blessed that way rather than running for the roles.
Tell us about your family background.
I originally come from Alwar, Rajasthan. My father is a retired government officer. We were brought up in a very simple and disciplined environment. As I come from a very traditional and conservative family there was always a lot of stress on family values, which we kept up with sincerity. However, my family was never against my likings and dis-likings, aims and ambitions. They always supported my career moves and whatever I wanted to do.
I studied mostly in Delhi. I did my schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 4, R.K. Puram because my father was in a transferrable job and KV was the most suitable option for us. Then I pursued my graduation from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.
Was acting your first career choice?
No. I was very good in studies and always wanted to be a civil servant. I was also doing an extensive diploma in software engineering. But, I think destiny had some other plan that’s why I am here.
Then how did acting happen to you?
After my graduations I was preparing for the entrance tests to the civil services and mass communications when a close friend of mine suggested me to go for the audition of ‘Albela Sur Mela’, a film songs-based programme for Doordarshan. Though I wasn’t sure, thanks to her confidence in me that I was selected for the same, and from there my life took a new turn into the television world.
So, wasn’t acting a new experience for you?
Facing the camera was certainly a different experience for me although I was the secretary and president of the dramatic society in my college and had my fair share of stage performances during those days. Soon after my familiarity in anchoring for the show (Albela Sur Mela) I was encouraged to pursue a full-fledged career in acting, however, initially the acting bug smote me mainly for fame and cash. I would pick serials that did not necessitate much obligation but gradually I honed my acting abilities.
What was the major turning point of your acting career?
I happened twice. First, when I got a big break for essaying the central character in Rajdhani, which in fact changed my life for better. Second, when I was approached with the role of Paarvati in Kahani …, which I received by sheer coincidence. I was shooting for a pilot of a serial under the Balaji Production when all of a sudden Ekta Kapoor walked on the sets and offered me the role of Paarvati. I was initially apprehensive to do the same but on hearing the script I agreed to enact the role. I didn’t know it would create such a history. I was rewarded with a number of honours including the ‘Best Actress Award’ for the given role.
Which character till date is your favourite one?
It’s really difficult to figure out but I must say about the one I played in Bhanwar. Playing the character of a social worker in it was much more challenging than any other role since over here I was fighting for a 16-year-old rape victim. It’s really close to my heart that enhanced my humanness.
Which kinds of role attract you more?
Any roles, which would be challenging enough! Normally, I look for range of emotions in them and the comfort level to portray the same.
You have already burnt your fingers with movies like Coffee House and C Kkompany. So, can we expect more out of you on the silver screen?
Very soon, indeed! I have done a major role in Chandra Prakash Dwivedi’s next, Mohalla Assi opposite Sunny Deol. Hope it will not be like the last two. Thanks to its wonderful script, people behind and the star-cast that it’ll definitely leave its imprint.
Your new TV soap, Bade Achche Lagte Hain is making waves these days. Tell us something special about it.
Its response is really tremendous. Both I and Ram Kapoor are being appreciated for our romantic chemistry. Even Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, bestowing his admiration, which is a bonus. Besides, my character as Priya Sharma is much like me. Her belief of being independent is pretty much the same as mine. I, too, believe in independence.
Any marriage plan?
Hopefully… but I’ve left it to my destiny. I’ll surrender whenever it takes place.
Will you continue with your acting then?
Of course, it’s my profession.
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