A pretty face with a bright smile - that is Shraddha Arya for you! Playing the title role of Paakhi in Shashi - Sumeet Mittal's latest production on Life Ok Tumhari Paakhi - Intezaar Mein, Shraddha with her charming looks has already managed to steal many hearts ever since the promos of her new show went on air. This is her second outing with the same production house as she was seen in their earlier show Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki where she played Lakshmi.
In Tumhari Paakhi, Shraddha is all set to enact the role of a 24 year old girl who has had a child marriage at the age of 6 and is waiting for her husband to turn up and take her along with him for the past 18 years. Telling us more about the character, Shraddha says, "Paakhi, an educated girl leads a very normal life as a tourist guide in Chittorgarh. Even though she does not remember it she has heard about her marriage and even though her parents never force her to wait for her husband she decides to do so and thus is seen waiting for Anshuman (Iqbal Khan). He does finally return and what happens next is a very interesting story. My character of Paakhi is shown to be down-to-earth, calm and positive who does not lose her temper easily."
In real life if she had encountered a similar situation would she have waited for her man? "I guess I would as I find the situation to be apt and true-to-life. The commitment that Paakhi has towards her beau for 18 years is something that I relate to completely." In many other ways too she relates to the character observes Shraddha, "Even my upbringing and environment is the same. Her loving ways and the importance that she gives to each relationship and how important each relationship is for her is all due to the upbringing. You get to value all this only when you grow up."
As an actor to relate to the character, Shraddha says going to the actual location too helped, "Once I started to feel and shoot as Paakhi we went to Chittorgarh and saw child marriages happening over there and when I saw it I actually related to it as I had already become Paakhi at that time. I could relate to it because I had become more of Paakhi and I can believe what must be going on in the mind of a girl who got married when she was 6 and grew up listening to people as to how her husband went abroad after marriage. Also being an actor, I am hugely imaginative and it was not difficult to imagine how she must have felt. I could easily get into her shoes and feel it completely."
In real life too Shraddha feels that commitment is very imp whether it is work or personal life and at the same time gives importance to each and every relation she has, "Which relation is more important is difficult to say... Har rishte ki apni ehmiyat hoti hai and there is no competition between different rishtas. As I said I have got similar upbringing like Paakhi and rishton ki ehmiyat sikhayi gayi hai from childhood itself. For us even the school teachers were to be given importance and my father told us to address our teacher as Teacherji' and never by her name."
Well maybe that is the reason we see Shraddha look convincing in the role of Paakhi in Tumhari Paakhi.
Seema Khot Mattoo