Dipika Kakar Ibrahim: Kahaan Hum Kahaan Tum is a refreshing and well-packaged show

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Simply Put: A little more water than usual, not everywhere

Do you feel television welcomes more married actors than Bollywood? We have created the same environment and tried to project whatever goes behind the shooting space. After playing a cameo in Qayamat Ki Raat, Dipika went on to participate in Bigg Boss 12 which she even won. Look at Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor or even Sonam Kapoor, all of them are doing so well in their own space. I really feel that variety works on television. This is one of the disadvantages, but only for a foodie like me (laughs). We are more like sisters in the same boat, trying to console each other (laughs) about our hectic schedule. But we are not putting it down or criticising it. Of course, the excitement that fans have about this show makes me overwhelmed. The connect and love I receive through the small screen has no comparison. But once I caught hold of the note, it has been going really well. We have really tried to pool in most realities. Interestingly, Divyanka has even done a cameo for us. But yes, TV has never had those boundaries. When you see yourself looking good onscreen or being showered with compliments, it automatically pushes you to do it. Funnily though, Sandiip told me he felt that I won’t do the show now that I am a Bigg Boss winner (laughs). You were already quite petite and now you have lost close to eight kgs again for this show. Do you feel it also happened at the right time, with you becoming much more popular after your Bigg Boss win? And I am so thankful to her for taking time out for us. Dipika spoke at length about her new project, the pressure of her profession and the advantages of being married to someone from the same field. As she gears up to get back to the world of serials, the actor sat down for an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com. I think through this show, people will also realise that TV actresses have no egos. I remember my spot dada was shocked when I went in for my scene wearing a kurti and pair of jeans. Also, the audience today is very curious to know what goes behind the shoot of TV serials. While your show presents a love story between people of two different professions, is it easier for you in real life, with Shoaib, also being an actor? I was really excited about the concept but even before we could do the look test, I went into the reality show. Seeing the outcome of my homework makes me proud. Earlier this year, he reached out again saying he couldn’t find anyone for the role, and I was on-board instantly. Advertising

Dipika rose to fame playing the titular role in Sasural Simar Ka. This will be the perfect window for them. Advertising

But how much of reality about the television industry will we get to see? That helps me stay focused on work. Does being the second option hurt the ego of actors? Now that I will be getting busy with shoots, I know my in-laws are there to handle everything. Our show has humour, romance, drama and a lot more. Do you feel stardom can be too pressurising? The horizon on TV is very huge. A lot actually. Not at all. I am very happy in this space. Sandiip Sikcand (producer) had called me even before I took up Bigg Boss. Definitely. The director had to tell me to go a little over-board. Being a celebrity or known face has a lot of advantages. It was also the show where she met and fell in love with Shoaib Ibrahim. Also, I have never strived or hungered to be in films. For those young watchers who consider dailies unrealistic, there’s Rohit (Karan V Grover’s character) who is very real and different. Excerpts from the conversation:
How does it feel reliving your life onscreen? And honestly, it is not so pressurising. Advertising

Of course, it becomes really easy as he knows the demand of the profession. When we met, she was really happy for me. I feel it was all destiny that this show came my way. I have never been so natural on-screen. Also, the show is in a very refreshing setup, so it feels great. The two actors tied the knot last year in February. But at the end of the day, it all depends on the understanding you have with your partner and even family. We are rather showing that although there is a lot of effort involved, we love doing it. This is a well-packaged show, which has something for everyone. You made your Bollywood debut with Paltan. There are all kinds of shows being made, be it mature love stories or fictionalised reality. All I want to do is good work, be in any medium. Didn’t you want to pursue it further? He also knows the technicalities, so if I message him saying ‘only the OS shot is left’, he wouldn’t be confused and know that it is an over the shoulder shot. And neither have their popularity seen any decline. I am quite a proud TV actor. In a time when the audience is presented with supernatural and OTT dramas, do you feel they will enjoy a realistic show? 0
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From what we have got to know, Divyanka Tripathi was approached for the role first. I think it’s all a package. We have kept a balance and tried to present everything close to reality. Honestly and surprisingly, it was a little difficult initially. And being realistic doesn’t mean we don’t have a gripping and emotional connect in the storyline.