Pankhuri Awasthy on Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: It’s challenging to enter a show mid-way


When I received the first brief, I could relate to it so much. I play Vedika, who is a very simple, sweet girl. Advertising

Pankhuri rose to fame playing the titular role of Razia Sultan. What happened to the plan? On what basis do you pick your projects? With Gautam, it only gets better day by day because he understands me on so many levels without me even having to tell him anything. So I feel that its always an advantage to work for such shows. Tell us more about your role in the daily. And I guess that Vedika’s role will give me the actual opening in the real world of television which is family drama, romances and relationships. Advertising

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As an actor, I am open to all kinds of roles. It’s in a very mature space and gave me enough reasons to say a yes. Here are excerpts from the conversation:
What made you take up Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai? I take pride in the work that I have done so far. So for me, I am looking from that perspective and hoping for the same from the audience. 0
Comment(s) So you have to start afresh to get a good hang of your character which will eventually take me sometime. She is a girl who has gone through a lot of situations, and who at all times is going to justify her character. Because as a person, you have already entered a show which is established and people are already set with their favourite characters. And secondly because I am getting to play a very strong character. She then went on to essay the powerful role of a rape victim in Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka? So as of now, I am not stressing about these things, but I am just focusing on my role and I hope this character will make its own place among the others. To be honest, it is slightly challenging both as a person and as a character. I agree that Kartik and Naira are a popular couple though there is nothing that is not acceptable about my character. How supportive is Gautam about your career choices? How has life changed after marriage? I never thought of playing selected characters. How challenging is it to join a show mid-way and make a mark for yourself? Vedika actually has a lot of depth to her as well. Recently we were told that you have applied for a B.Ed course. Also, as a character, it’s challenging, especially in this case as this character has its own individuality and own sense of doing things, which is what I love most about Vedika. She is very loving, caring, soft spoken and matured. Advertising

There were two things – one being that it is one of the most widely watched shows currently on television and its very popular among the audiences. She has gone through a lot in life but she has made a happy space for herself and her family. Always guiding me on the right path, and just being there for me whenever I need him. As she gears up to start a new stint in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Pankhuri spoke exclusively to indianexpress.com. What kind of roles do you want to attempt in the coming times? So far the projects that I took up have picked me and I consider myself to be very lucky for this. Yes, I have applied for my B.Ed and I will be appearing for my exams. I am passionate about teaching and would love to do something in the field. Pankhuri got married to her Suryaputra Karna co-star Gautam Rode last year, and this would be her first project after marriage.