Chahat Pandey, the talented actress who has been known for her recent controversy with her previous show will soon be seen making a comeback on television post lockdown with Star Bharats’ upcoming new show Durga. The beautiful actress known for her stint in her previous shows has won her many accolades. When spoken to the actress she felt this show is a positive start to her career post the last fiasco. We recently got into a conversation with her where she said….
Tell us about your show?
The show Durga will showcase the unique story of a simple village girl Durga, an ardent devotee of Mata Rani who marries a helpless young man Dev in order to protect him from evil forces as she believes the goddess has chosen her for this task. The interesting narrative of the show presents the story of Durga who time and again in tested/troubled times with the
divine help of Mata Rani helps Dev out of all his problems.
What made you say a yes to the character and to this show?
I was really happy and excited when I got called to play the character of Durga alongside an amazing starcast and a beautifully written story line. I will be seen essaying the main lead character in the show - Durga. She is a girl with strong faith in Mata Rani and she believes that the goddess has sent her to earth to protect Dev a helpless young man in order to protect him from evil forces as she believes the goddess has chosen her for this task. It’s a privilege being a part of this show which is so beautifully written with a strong message and working alongside an exciting set of colleagues and production house is something I am looking forward to.
Tell us about your character in the show?
Durga is simple village girl who is an ardent devotee of Mata Rani who marries a helpless young man Dev in order to protect him from the evil forces and she believes that the goddess has chosen her for this task. She has a belief and she always says - ““I will do everything possible to cure and protect my husband (Dev)” – and that is her aim being in the family
What are your expectations from this show?
Fiction is one such genre that pleases the viewers. I am looking forward to the audience’s reactions on our love story which will beautifully trace the journey of Durga. I am very positive about this show as it’s a one of a kind show where we are trying to drive on the thought line of - We don’t meet people just as a coincidence, they are meant to cross path of each other for a
reason, known only to divine forces. The entire team of Durga has put in a lot of efforts and I am hoping our hard work is appreciated for the same.
Back to shoot life post the lockdown. What are your views?
I'm super excited to be back on shoot. Like every artist I felt like I was coming home. Things have changed but the vibe has remained same. There is a different kind of happiness that comes while facing the camera. Speaking in terms of safety, a lot of precautions have been taken. Proper sanitization and safety measures are taken, in and around the shooting premises.
We adhere to social distancing as and when out shot gets over. Wearing mask is a priority that everyone keeps in mind without and reminder.
How is your experience working with your co-actors?
The entire cast and crew of the show is very supportive and fun to work with. These are initial days but the teams seem to be promising to have a blast and full of entertainment in the long run.
What other projects are you working on right now?
As of now, my only focus is on Durga. No plans for future, completely committed to my show.
How much are you getting paid? Are there any changes made post the lockdown?
For me the only thing that matters is the opportunity to connect with the audience and that is the best form of gratification for an actor is to receive whole lot of appreciation and love.
What is the message that you would want to give to your fans?
I am happy to be a part of daily soap. This is not a comeback but it is just me returning home. A home where I will be able to meet you every day. I would like to thank each and every one for the love and support they have always given to me. The success of our show Durga will certainly be dependent on everyone. The show will soon come on your favorite channel Star
The concept of show is being compared to the South Bharatiya shows on the Star Network; what are your comments on the same?
Yes there have been shows on Star Network around the same concept and they are doing extremely well, hence we wanted our Hindi speaking market audience also to experience it, hence the makers decided to bring this show to the viewers through Star Bharat. Your lockdown experience When the lockdown started initially, we were not aware that it would last this long since it did last for this long. I spent a lot of quality time for myself and focused on my art and love for acting. I think this lockdown has got families together and I have cherished each and every moment with my family.
Have you slashed your fees due to COVID?
I feel this not the time to think about it as a payment slash, as an actor my job is to perform and entertain audience. Star Bharat is generous enough as I would not call it payment slash. I am just grateful to be an entertainment warrior and if I get admiration and support from audience it will be the best.
Do you believe in nepotism?
I am here to talk about my show and would not like to comment on this.
What is the status of your issue with your previous show Hamari Bahu Silk? Has the issue been resolved?
Right now my focus is Durga. I have left the past behind and buried the hatchet. I am looking forward to only positivity in life and I am very optimistic of what my future holds for me. I feel Durga has fallen into my lap at the right time and I feel truly blessed to have got the opportunity to play this role
Tune in to watch your favorite Chahat Pandey with her new show Durga starting 14 th December every Monday to Friday at 8:30pm only on Star Bharat