‘I couldn’t play the same character everyday’

Debarati Palit Singh
Thursday, 21 June 2018

...says Karishma Tanna explaining her reasons for staying away from daily soaps. She also talks about her upcoming show Qayamat Ki Raat, her mentor Ekta Kapoor among other things

Karishma Tanna is on a professional high. The actress will not only be seen in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju (which releases next week) but is also part of two TV shows — Naagin and Qayamat Ki Raat. “Each project is different, and that is amazing. In Sanju, I am making a guest appearance but being part of Rajkumar Hirani’s project is a big deal, so I am happy and looking forward to it,” she beams. 

As far as being part of Balaji Telefilms (both Qayamat ki Raat and Naagin 3 are from the production house) projects is concerned, she says Balaji is the reason she picked up television shows after such a long time. “They are the reason I am coming back on TV and I thought if I am coming back, it should happen with a bang. So, I signed Naagin 3 and with it I got another show, so I am happy,” says the actress who made her debut on television with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. She says that the best part about both the shows is that they are finite and will therefore get over within a few weeks. 

Though in Naagin 3, which is a multi-starrer, her role is still kept under wraps, Karishma has lots to say about Qayamat Ki Raat, which will be aired on Star Plus from June 23 at 7pm every weekend. “There’s lot of scope to play, also the content is very different and fresh. We have seen the daily soaps, saas bahu, fictional kind of shows but this one is path-breaking which the entire family can watch together and it’s nail biting. After a long long time, I got something so tempting. Each and every episode is going to be pacy,” says the former Bigg Boss contestant. 

The show also stars Vivek Dahiya and she says, “I know Divyanka and through her, I know him as we have met at social gatherings. But when I met him on the set, we clicked because both of us are funny and humorous people which is very important. When you are shooting for so many days, you need to be with people who are not boring, otherwise the shoot becomes dull.” 

Ask her if she is personally a big fan of fantasy thrillers and she says, “As long as the content is good, the genre does not matter.” 

And is the experience of working on such shows different from that of working in a family drama or love story because they are fast-spaced, with a lot of VFX and require a lot of running around? “I agree to the fact that such shows require a lot of energy and emotions. The daily soaps take up less energy compared to them. There is revenge, screaming and larger-than-life acting, so yes, it’s more tiring and challenging.”  

Karishma can’t stop gushing about her mentor Ekta Kapoor and calls their association good. “The best part about her is that she remembers people who have worked with her, started their career with her. When Balaji was working on these shows, they called me,” the actress says, adding, “I got to know the one liner of the show and agreed to be part of it.” She adds that she trusts Ekta completely. “Trusting my mentor because of whom I have entered the industry is very natural and important,” she says.  

Explaining her reasons for staying away from daily soaps, she says that she couldn’t connect with the content. “I couldn’t play the same character everyday for months or years. The content has to be very good, if it isn’t my acting gets monotonous and I get bored.”

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