OneIndia24News: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! Sriti Jha: The Chemistry Comes From The Comfort That You Share With Your Co-Actor


‘Pragya,
Fuggi..’

These
names
are
synonymous
with
actress
Sriti
Jha
who
is
now
become
a
household
name
with
her
popular
TV
soap

Kumkum
Bhagya

which
has
been
airing
on
the
small
screen
since
2014.
Playing
an
epitome
of
all
things
good
can
get
a
bit
monotonous
at
times,
but
Sriti
believes
in
putting
her
best
foot
forward
even
if
certain
things
ain’t
in
her
control.

Amid
this,
the
TV
star
has
now
teamed
up
with
her
co-star
Shabbir
Ahluwalia
for
Ekta
Kapoor’s
new
audio
show

Darmiyaan

which
is
currently
streaming
on
Audible.
‘I
had
never
imagined
myself
doing
this,’
Jha
candidly
admits
to
me
as
we
connect
over
a
Zoom
call.

In
an
exclusive
tete-a-tete
with

Filmibeat
,
Sriti
Jha
gets
candid
about
her
co-star
Shabbir
Ahluwalia,
why
she
hasn’t
taken
a
plunge
into
Bollywood
yet,
being
Pragya
on
screen,
dabbling
with
a
new
medium
and
much
more.

Over
to
Sriti…

'I Am Very Comfortable With Shabbir'

‘I
Am
Very
Comfortable
With
Shabbir’


Q.
Speaking
about

Darmiyaan
,
when
you
are
enacting
on
screen,
you
make
use
of
body
language,
voice
modulation,
gestures
and
expressions
to
convey
emotions
to
the
audience.
But
when
it
comes
to
an
audio
show,
here
you
have
got
only
your
voice
to
express
and
you
leave
the
rest
to
audience’s
imagination,
which
means
everyone
will
interpret
it
in
their
own
way.
How
challenging
does
this
process
get
for
you
as
an
actor?


A.

It’s
extremely
challenging
because
you
don’t
have
your
eyes
or
your
body
to
express
anything,
but
it’s
also
a
learning
process.
You
learn
to
use
your
voice,
pauses
and
breath
very
differently
to
establish
the
emotion
of
a
certain
scene
and
it’s
very
intriguing
to
achieve
that
as
an
actor.
It’s
very
interesting
space
to
be
in.


Q.
Did
you
discover
anything
new
about
yourself
while
going
through
this
process?
Was
there
any
moment
when
you
were
a
little
taken
aback
like,
‘Oh
my
God,
Sriti,
you
can
even
do
this!’?


A.

I
still
don’t
know
if
I
can
do
this
(audio
show).
I
just
know
that
I
have
put
my
best
foot
forward,
but
I
don’t
know
if
I
can
still
do
it.
As
an
actor,
you
are
constantly
learning
and
changing.
I
am
sure
that
there’s
so
much
more
that
I
can
learn.
But

aisa
Eureka
moments
toh
abhi
tak
hua
nahin

because
I
needed
guidance
for
every
scene.
I
had
to
do
them
again
and
again
to
achieve
what
has
gone
eventually
and
become
the
show.
Till
the
last
scene
actually,
I
had
to
do
several
retakes
to
get
it
right.
So,

aisa
Eureka
moment
toh
mujhe
ab
tak
visual
acting
mein
nahin
aaya
toh
audio
toh
abhi
shuru
kiya
hai…

(laughs)


Q.
You
and
Shabbir
Ahluwalia
are
one
of
the
most
loved
pairs
on
screen.
People
love
your
chemistry.
How
was
your
dynamics
with
him
this
time
because
in
this
case,
you
had
to
make
the
audience
feel
the
chemistry
rather
than
see
it?


A.

The
chemistry
is
very
organic.
I
didn’t
think
that
there’s
any
structure
to
it
which
needs
to
be
followed
step
wise.
Nothing
like

pehle
haath
milao,
phir
ek
chair
pe
baitho,
phir
yeh
karo
ya
woh
karo,
aise
nahin
hota
.
It
just
happens
magically
one
day.
So,
I
think
it
comes
from
the
comfort
that
you
share
with
your
co-actor
and
I
am
very
comfortable
with
Shabbir.
Not
just
me
but
he
makes
anyone
very
comfortable
when
they
are
working
with
him
or
they
are
around
him.
He
just
has
so
much
fun
that
you
forget
that
it’s
work.
Coming
to

Darmiyaan
,
the
first
time
when
I
recorded
a
scene
with
Shabbir
and
heard
him
say
his
lines
as
Ridhaan
(his
character),
I
was
amazed
and
was
like,
‘Oh
my
God,
this
is
new.’
To
work
together
for
seven
years
and
get
the
opportunity
to
explore
something
so
new
with
someone
that
I
admire
and
adore
so
much,
is
amazing.

'I Would Love To Do All Kinds Of Work As An Actor But The Opportunity To Do Big Screen Hasn't Come Yet'

‘I
Would
Love
To
Do
All
Kinds
Of
Work
As
An
Actor
But
The
Opportunity
To
Do
Big
Screen
Hasn’t
Come
Yet’


Q.
The
show

Darmiyaan

revolves
around
the
flip
side
of
a
relationship.
It
shows
how
your
character
Sakshi
ends
up
finding
her
true
self
when
she
meets
Shabbir’s
character
Ridhaan.
Did
you
identify
with
your
character
in
any
way?


A.

Oh,
I
did!
With
Sakshi,
what
I
assume
and
understood
is
that
she
is
just
so
busy
organizing
her
life
around
her
family
and
her
responsibilities
that
she
has
completely
lost
control
of
her
own
life
and
cannot
gain
it
back.
That
happens
to
me
several
times
in
life.
I
feel
like
my
life
isn’t
in
my
control.
But
basically,
your
life
has
to
be
lived.

Jab
problem
aati
hai,
apka
solution
direction-oriented
hota
hain
.
This
is
what
Sakshi
learns
from
Ridhaan
in

Darmiyaan
.
She
learns
that
now
she
has
to
direct
herself
to
the
solution
rather
than
sitting
on
the
problem
and
cribbing
about
it.
I
think
this
happens
with
me
a
lot
of
times.
I
have
learnt
from
Sakshi
that
you
should
head
towards
the
solution
instead.


Q.
I
have
observed
your
work
right
from
the
start
and
I
must
say,
you
have
made
some
really
interesting
choices
when
it
came
to
television.
But
did
you
never
think
about
making
your
transition
to
the
big
screen
like
some
of

Kumkum
Bhagya

co-stars,
Mrunal
Thakur
and
Shabbir
Ahluwalia?


A.

Actually,
I
would
love
to
say
that
I
picked
my
work
but
I
have
been
very
lucky.
I
have
gone
ahead
and
done
a
show
wherein
I
got
selected
in
the
first
audition
itself.
The
first
audition
that
I
get
through
is
the
show
that
I
do.
And
speaking
about
the
plunge
into
the
big
screen,
I
would
love
to
do
all
kinds
of
work
as
an
actor
but
the
opportunity
hasn’t
come
yet.
Again,
I
haven’t
got
through
an
audition
that
will
make
me
do
films,
OTT
or
any
other
medium.
I
got
through
auditions
for
TV
and
that’s
the
work
which
happened
and
I
hope
something
else
also
happens.
But,
I
am
quite
glad
with
the
work
that
I
have
done
until
now.


Q.
If
you
had
to
visualize
yourself
on
the
big
screen,
is
there
any
particular
role
or
narrative
in
which
you
would
like
to
see
yourself
in?


A.

It
can
be
anything
that
I
can
connect
to.
For
example,

Darmiyaan
,
I
would
have
never
imagined
myself
as
a
voice
artist
six-seven
years
ago
or
even
a
year
ago.
But
it
happened.
So,
it’s
such
an
adventurous
choice
of
profession
which
I
have
made
that
I
am
hopeful
about
many
new
things
happening
in
my
life.
It’s
such
an
amazing
opportunity
like
to
do
an
audio
show.
I
am
so
glad
with
the
onset
of
this
medium
because
of
Audible.
Now,
there
will
be
more
opportunities
to
do
audio
shows
as
well
apart
from
other
audio-visual
mediums
that
we
have.

'The Art That You Create As An Actor Is Dependent On A Lot Of Things'

‘The
Art
That
You
Create
As
An
Actor
Is
Dependent
On
A
Lot
Of
Things’


Q.
When
you
are
doing
a
TV
show
(Kumkum
Bhagya
)
for
a
long
period
of
time,
the
biggest
challenge
for
an
actor
is
to
keep
himself/herself
relevant.
Like,
you
ponder
about
how
will
you
come
up
with
new
things
every
day.
How
do
you
deal
with
these
thoughts?
Is
that
something
that
you
wake
up
to
every
morning
or
keeps
you
on
your
toes?


A.

(pauses)
See,
as
actors,
it
isn’t
an
exclusive
art.
It’s
inclusive,
right?
You
get
the
script,
the
director,
and
the
art
that
you
create
is
dependent
on
a
lot
of
other
things.
I
have
been
very
lucky
with
that.
Even
though
we
have
been
doing

Kumkum
Bhagya

for
seven
years
now,
the
story
also
takes
these
changes
wherein
the
character
keeps
changing.
So,
my
idea
of
every
day
is
doing
the
best
that
I
can
and
it
comes
from
the
knowledge
that
I
have
gained
till
now.
So,
it’s
the
mix
of
the
new
opportunities
that
I
get
and
from
the
knowledge
that
I
have
garnered
from
the
old
stuff
that
I
have
done.

Main
yeh
nahin
bolti
ki
har
roz
mujhe
kuch
naya
karna
hain,
par
main
joh
karun
usmein
apna
best
aur
honest
efforts
daalon,
yeh
mera
intention
hota
hain
.
Whether
that’s
new
or
not,
that’s
generally
not
in
my
control
but
yes,
doing
something
new
is
always
interesting.
But
how
to
make
something
new
I
already
have,
I
think
I
am
lucky
in
that
way
because
the
script
keeps
changing.

Like
you
know
in

Darmiyaan

too,
this
was
presented
to
me
as
an
opportunity
and
I
could
make
it
new
because
Sakshi
is
very
different
from
Pragya.
So,
I
have
always
got
that
opportunity
but
I
am
very
lazy
too.

Matlab

sorry
to
say
but
I
am
questioning
myself
that
I
don’t
wake
up
to
anything
new.
(laughs).
But
the
honest
answer
is
that
I
try
to
do
my
best
with
what
work
I
get.

'Acting Is The Best Escape'

‘Acting
Is
The
Best
Escape’


Q.
What’s
the
best
thing
about
being
an
actor
besides
the
fact
that
you
get
a
chance
to
live
several
lives
and
fantasies?
What
is
it
that
attracts
you
towards
this
art?


A.

I
mean
that’s
the
best
thing.
Acting
is
the
best
escape.
There’s
no
other
kind
of
art
where
you
get
to
be
another
person.
It’s
mad
and
bizarre
that
you
are
completely
not
living
your
life.
Like
for
me,
Pragya
is
a
real
person.
When
I
am
playing
Pragya,
that’s
Sriti
and
it’s
amazing.
I
love
it
because
between
that
action
and
cut,
you
don’t
exist.
That’s
the
best
thing
about
being
an
actor.

'Actors Always Remember The Scenes Which They Have Done Badly More than The Ones That They Have Done Well'

‘Actors
Always
Remember
The
Scenes
Which
They
Have
Done
Badly
More
than
The
Ones
That
They
Have
Done
Well’


Q.
Does
it
get
difficult
for
you
to
get
out
of
a
character
when
you
are
playing
it
for
a
long
time?


A.

No,
I
switch
off
very
easily.
Instead,
sometimes
it
gets
difficult
to
create
a
character.
Sometimes
the
scenes
are
difficult.
It’s
not
like
every
scene
is
a
cakewalk.
Sometimes,
I
really
regret
because
I
can’t
achieve
something
or
do
a
certain
scene
well.
I
feel
an
actor
always
remembers
the
scenes
which
they
have
done
badly
more
than
the
ones
that
they
have
done
well
(laughs).
But,
it
doesn’t
get
difficult
to
sort
of
live
as
Sriti.
That
has
never
happened.
Yes,
the
scenes
are
sometimes
difficult.
But
it’s
always
a
challenge,
I
mean
it’s
another
kind
of
achievement
to
pull
off
a
difficult
scene.
But
it
doesn’t
get
difficult
to
live
as
an
actor.
I
think
it’s
a
fun
life.


Q.
Besides
Sriti-
the
actor,
there’s
another
side
to
you
wherein
you
are
quite
an
avid
reader
and
a
wordsmith.
Your
social
media
page
is
filled
with
a
lot
of
stuff
related
to
literature.
Do
you
have
plans
of
writing
a
novel
or
maybe
a
script
for
a
film
or
something
on
that
lines?


A.

Actually
no.
I
don’t
write
very
often.
It’s
like
five
poems
in
four
years.
So,
I
am
not
a
consistent
writer.
I
cannot
and
have
never
been
able
to
write
on
instructions.
So,
I
don’t
think
that
I
will
sit
and
write
ever.
But
I
love
stories
and
listening
to
them.
I
love
reading
them
and
being
a
part
of
them
a
lot.
I
know
that
I
will
also
be
a
part
of
story-telling,
at
least
I
want
to
be
all
my
life.
But
writing
novel
is
a
bit
commitment.

Mujhse
nahi
ho
paayega…
(laughs).

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