It was my late father’s wish to see me essay a Punjabi character, This show is his blessing: Monika Khanna

Monika Khanna, set to make her television comeback in Zee TV's 'Ikk Judi Punjab Di’ discusses the show, her character, and honoring her late father's wish.

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Zee TV's eagerly anticipated 'Ikk Kudi Punjab Di,' featuring Avinesh Rekhi and Tanisha Mehta as the leads, has been generating buzz lately. This Punjabi-themed show also marks the return of Monika Khanna to television. Known for her roles in popular shows like 'Ishq Subhanallah,' 'Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha,' 'Thapki,' and 'Chikoo Ki Mummy Dur Ki,' Monika, last seen in Colors TV's 'Durga aur Charu,' engaged in an exclusive conversation with us. She shared insights about the show, her character, and how this project fulfills her late father's wish.

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Congratulations on your role in the show, Monika. Can you provide us with some background on the show's storyline?

Certainly! The show revolves around a prominent family from Kapurthala in Punjab. Heer, a loving girl who desires happiness for all, gets married into this family. However, her life takes a significant turn due to a situation, leading the family to develop animosity towards her. I can't reveal too much, but that's the basic premise.

Great! Could you tell us more about your character?

Of course! I portray Tejinder Kaur, the eldest daughter-in-law of the family. Teji wields influence, holds authority in the household, and is involved in managing the family business and political connections. However, Heer's arrival in the house triggers a transformation in Teji, making her a different person altogether.

You've portrayed characters from diverse backgrounds in the past. Now, as a Punjabi yourself, do you find it easier to portray a Punjabi character?

Yes, absolutely. I've portrayed characters from various regions, including Marathi, Muslim, and Bengali. However, being a Punjabi myself, playing a Punjabi character feels more natural. My father, who recently passed away, always wished to see me play a Punjabi role and hear me speak Punjabi on screen. I believe this show is a blessing from him. I haven't needed extensive workshops because, although it's a GEC show with limited Punjabi dialogues, it's still a tribute to my father's wish.

We extend our best wishes and luck to Monika Khanna for her role in the show from Team India Forums.

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