Sakshi Tanwar in a candid chat with TOI talks on matters close to her heart
Don't you consider yourself lucky to have bagged a dream role in Sony TV's Bade Achhe Laggte Hain when most of your contemporaries are not doing anything?
When I was not doing anything, it was purely out of choice. This show was offered whenKahaani Ghar Ghar Ki was on air. The thought of Bade Achhe... was in Ekta Kapoor's mind since 2006. She wanted to do it only with me.
Heard that you were also working as a creative consultant during the break...
Yes, and I recommend behind-the-scene activity to all the actors who feel that they are the reason behind the success of a show. There is so much pressure on the creative team.
There were lot of rumours when you were on a break...
Yes, somebody said that I had sold my flat as I didn't have money, somebody said I got married and shifted abroad, I am not getting work and that I was one show wonder. But my family and I know the truth.
How have you grown as a person?
I have become more understanding, more mature, and more patient.
So, is it the right time to find the right guy?
That is something I can never plan. I feel birth, death, marriage is destined, and these things can't be manipulated. I have surrendered my life completely. So, whenever it happens, I will accept it. I was a very lazy person, liked leisurely stuff. When I look back I wonder how I did it. It is not me at all. I wanted to become an IAS officer and see where I have landed.
Your show endorses love after arranged marriage. Would you go for an arranged marriage in real life?
I still feel that one can't plan it. It is also important to be independent and happy in your space. There is no guarantee what will give you happiness any which way. I know many married people who are unhappy.
Have you been in a relationship?
(Hmmm...thinks hard) Is it important? I don't want to talk about it.
What changes do you notice in content? Are we breaking away from the stubborn stereotype?
We are getting closer to reality. In the previous show, my character was larger than life, inspirational, iconic and someone who could never go wrong. Earlier, women would say, 'We want to be like Parvati', now they say, 'We are like Priya'. She is a cool mom. It is a lovely dimension to a woman.
Some didn't find the leap in your show very convincing...
I too used to wonder whether it will work and discussed it with Ekta. She said, 'You don't think like masses'. With every changing track, there are people who like and there are those who don't.
Your chemistry with Ram Kapoor is tremendous...
It was unusual to think about our pairing. Now that I have worked with Ram for over a year, there is a comfort level.
Do you tell him to lose weight?
I tell Ram all the time to eat less and lose some weight, but he doesn't listen and says, 'I am happy the way I am.' Beyond a point I don't, after all, it is his life.
Source - Times Of India