MUMBAI: Actress Purva Parag, who is seen in Dipti Kalwani’s Ek Bhram – Sarvagun Sampanna, talks to business cash about her character, the show, and the response that she has been getting.
What are the prominent shows you have done ?
I did a film called Gafla. Then, I worked in a film based on Sonia Gandhi. Talking about TV shows, I have done many on Sahara and BBC channel. I took a break in between, and after that long break, I did a film called Koyelaanchal with Sunil Shetty as the main lead. I have also done Hasee Toh Phasee. Then, I had cameos in Madaari and Barfi. In Son of Sardaar, I played Sonakshi’s mother. I came back on TV with Humsafar, Sarojini, etc.
What do you feel about the unique title of the show?
I am getting such a good response. People are asking me what the show is about. Even when I heard the title, I was curious. The title is very interesting and I love it. In fact, I love the characters more than the title. When they narrated the story to me, I was highly impressed. The concept is so amazing. I love my character and Shrenu’s character. We have many scenes together, so we have done quite a few workshops together.
How did you get Ek Bhram – Sarvagun Sampanna?
I was out of town, and I got a call from the team. I was not in a good mental state, but Diptiji called me personally after a month and said that you should come and try it. She was so sweet to me while talking, so I felt that I had to do this. I cannot say no to such a sweet person. I had met her when I was doing Humsafar. She was a lovely person back then as well. So that’s how we know each other. So when this happened, I felt like this is made for me…this character, this role was made for me. They all were so loving that even if I would have not been selected, I would have been happy for having such a lovely experience. So that’s how I got the show.
What are your character details in the show? Are you playing negative, positive, or grey? What is your look in the show?
I am playing Zain’s mom in the show. I am the sasumaa of the ‘Sarvagun Sampanna’ bahu of our show, which is Shrenu. She does all her experiments on me. In real life, if you see if a bahu is sarvagun sampanna, the saas is happy. But what happens in the show is the complete opposite. My character has a lot of shades, and you are in for a lot of surprises!
How much do you relate to your character?
I don’t relate to my character at all. In real life, I am a very strong person. In this show, I am playing a typical mother, who is a homemaker, somewhat weak, and scared of her husband. Being a mother, I can relate to her, because even I am a mother of a son. But that’s the only factor I relate to. Otherwise, she belongs to a typical Marwari family, and I belong to a family that is very open minded, so the laws and rules, the mentality…everything is different. But I believe that you need to love your character. Only then can you play it convincingly. So whenever I perform any character, I never question it. I just accept it, and that’s the reason I am able to do it so well.
Thriller shows work very well with the audiences. Your take?
It’s always nice to have something different in the show, because even to date, when a family show has been hit, it’s because it has a little bit of thrill in it. So, I feel lucky that Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna is a very grand show and that it has that thriller element in it continuously with a very positive atmosphere. So yes, I do believe in the fact that whenever there is suspense in a particular story, it always attracts the audience.
How is it working with Shrenu Parikh and Zain Imam?
Zain is a very cute person. He is someone who always has this smile on his face. So, it feels really great when he is around. Other than that, he is a very loving, caring, and a down-to-earth person. Shrenu, meanwhile, is a very spontaneous girl. She is very creative. I have most of my scenes with her, so I bond really well with her. We discuss a lot of things. Even if you suggest something to her, she accepts it. So I really love that thing about her. She is beautiful, down-to-earth, and is doing really great in the show. If the leads of your show are like this, then your show can go beyond limits.
How is it working with producer Dipti Kalwani?
Love and authority are two good qualities that Dipti has. She is very polite as a person, and it’s a beautiful thing. She takes care of everything and every one. Our set is a reflection of her. The atmosphere of the set is like Dipti. Everyone is very hardworking, polite and understanding. She talks with a lot of affection and love, which makes us really feel good. So, I love her a lot as a person.