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So we shifted to watching international series, as we were not able to relate to these offerings. As it’s not, the digital space is where the rebellion is taking place,” she adds. I met Sahil Sangha, the producer of MTM, at a lunch, and he kept looking at me, and I was like ‘weird guy’. She is quite vocal on social media in airing her political and social views, and adept at shutting down trolls. MTV was the first wave of self-expression. “I was not looking for acting work, I have consistently said no to projects, as whatever was offered to me never resonated — kitchen politics, saas-bahu, overdressed naagins and goddesses. “It’s high time, don’t you think? He then approached me to play Shefali,” she adds. But MTV is something that has remained close to her. Today, sadly we are making content for TV with the mindset that one size fits all. Her recent takedown of a troll who commented that she should get botox has gone viral. And even within the veejays, me and Cyrus were very boy-and-girl-next-door. We made desi look cool, we were Indians and we didn’t have firang names,” shares Mathur, 43. During her MTV days
The nine-part sitcom, which streams on Amazon Prime, takes us into the life of the Malhotras, where the husband and wife have started therapy, as they are worried their marriage will fall apart, with everyone around them getting divorced. Mathur saw the advent of GECs and the rise of reality TV and now she is part of a global streaming service, which has an international audience. I spent five years there. The comfort shared by the two makes the unique premise of a couple seeking therapy voluntarily, believable. Her chemistry with Sahukar, who plays her husband, Rishabh, on the show is getting good reviews. And we should not immediately jump to stigmatic responses like ‘oh she’s cuckoo’, or ‘oh their marriage is on the rocks’, whenever we hear that someone is in therapy. The shows attempts to normalise conversations around therapy and mental health, without making it heavy. We have always needed therapy; earlier, it would be an aunt or friend who would hear you out,” she adds. A couple of years ago, we didn’t have a choice. I think fiction and related content should reflect the times we are living in. 0
Comment(s) “I have been at cusp of many new things. He is one of my closest friends, we speak on a daily basis, and I honestly got paid to spend time with one of my bestest friends,” says Mathur, who plays Shefali Malhotra, a mother of three on MTM. She’s kind of a doberman who is watching over and protecting her family,” says Mathur, a graduate from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi. Advertising

“And then the whole quirky aspect of Shefali, she is so relatable. The few stints, cameos I did were for friends. First MTV, then hosting Indian Idol, where for the first time we had the audience voting for the contestant. Advertising

“Cyrus is not somebody with whom I had fallen out of touch with, and then were reunited while shooting for MTM. It also marks the acting debut for Mathur, who has otherwise been a regular face on Indian TV and has hosted shows like Indian Idol. We had each others back. “Be it Cyrus Sahukar and Cyrus Broacha, Nikhil (Chinappa), Maria (Goretti) and Malaika (Arora), we have all stayed in touch. She is a woman of today, a millennial parent, part cool, part control freak. “We had met 20 years ago when we joined MTV on the same day, and we even took the same flight,” she adds.