SAMIKSHA JAISWAL, a newbie who will be seen in ZEE TV’s new show Zindagi Ki Mehak from September 19 replacing Tashan-e-Ishq, visits The Pioneer office to talk about her role and experience of shooting in Delhi. Sangeeta Yadav brings you a report
What’s common between Divyanka Tripathi, Ankita Lokhande and Paridhi Sharma? Apart from being stars on small screen, they all belong to Indore, a place which has given many talented artists like Salim Khan, Salman Khan, Lata Mangeshkar among others. Up next to join the list is Samiksha Jaiswal who will be launched by Saurabh Tewari in Zee TV’s upcoming Delhi-centric show Zindagi Ki Mehak.
“The show is about Mehak, a simple girl. Through her good nature and her love for experimenting with the food binds the family together. She surprises everyone by the dishes she makes. She takes care of everyone and is a true homemaker. How food connects a joint family who come together at the dinner table and have a fun together. In the show, food plays an important role.
“I beleive that food is what can turn things around. Good food puts everyone in a good mood. A hearty meal makes people happy,” Jaiswal says who went through two months of auditions before getting locked for this show.
The makers wanted to pay tribute the the hard work put in by homemakers and are not appreciated for all the work that goes into keeping a family together and catering to everyone’s needs.
“It’s a Saurabh Tewari show and hence you will only find the tadka or masala in the food. He doesn’t use any hit formula and focussing on telling the story in a simple way that has humour woven in with family drama. The good part is that viewers of all generations will be able to connect with the show. Through this show, we want to salute homemakers who think that they are not employed and all they do is sit at home and take care of the family. Ask any homemaker what she does and the standard reply is ‘we are just housewives’. We want to remove the ‘just’ from the sentence. Being a homemaker doesn’t mean you don’t work. It’s a big responsibility to create a home for a family,” Jaiswal opines who has been shooting in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk from past 15 days.
She tells you that the area has its own charm. It has a history not just those that revolve around havelis but also food. “We are living in Chandni Chowk and shooting in a real location at a haveli which is near Paranthewali Gali. Like Mehak, I am a big foodie and whenever I get time, I go to savour delicious paranthas or dahi bhallas. Chandni Chowk is also a place to go shopping. All this makes the narrow lanes so lively,” Jaiswal tells you who is making her debut on TV with this show and says that it’s the support of the entire team which has built her confidence and made her feel comfortable on the sets.
“From the producers to the crew members and the starcast, everyone has been very supportive. Knowing fully well that I am new to the industry, they correct me wherever I go wrong. I am getting to learn so much from everyone. We have got a food expert on board who helps in experimentation of the food and teaches me how to cut veggies and cook like a pro even though I know how to cook. All this makes it easy for me to be natural on the sets and this makes my character come alive,” Jaiswal tells you adding that she will be sharing the screen space with Karanvir Bohra, who is yet to start the shoot for the show.
Being born and brought up in Indore, Jaiswal feel that it’s the creative environment and the support from the family that is giving rise to a lot of artists from the city.
“Like me, many people start working on their dream at a very early age. Right from the school and college, children are made to explore and pursue their creative side. I am just a graduate in BSc in Electronic Media and acting has been my passion since I was a little girl. I never wanted to join the mainstream professionals like engineering or medicine. I always wanted to do stand out in a crowd. Acting is where my heart lies. If not an actor, I would have been a designer for sure. I have an interest towards art designing and since my mother is also a fashion designer, I have an inclination towards creative professions,” Jaiswal says.
(The article also got published in Pioneer Newspaper – http://www.dailypioneer.com/show-time/celebrating-homemakers.html).