Niki Walia, who entertained in TV shows Astitva… Ek Prem Kahani and Dil Sambhal Jaa Zara, is now exploring the web world. After being part of Puncchbeat, Niki is now part of Nakuul Mehta and Anya Singh starrer web series Never Kiss Your Best Friend on ZEE5.
In conversation with IWMBuzz.com, Niki spoke about her new series, co-star Nakuul Mehta and more.
How was your experience working for Never Kiss Your Best Friend?
It has been an awesome experience to work with such legendary actors. This entire shoot was more like a big fat party rather than working, we were working for grueling long hours but it was just awesome. Captain of the ship Arif, hats off to him, a special mention to him, he is such a young lad but he is so amazing. I have loved the production Niraj, Sarita, Yukti, Naina everybody. It was a treat, this entire shoot was a treat.
Tell us about your bond with co-star Nakuul Mehta?
Nakuul and I have known each other socially and we’ve met at Sanjay Kapoor’s house for dinner along with his wife Jankee. I think both of them are an absolutely adorable couple. Nakuul, in particular, is not just a dedicated actor but he is also someone who believes a lot in self-growth and is so involved with personal growth. He reads he travels, he explores, he’s into theatre, and he makes sure the atmosphere on the set is perfect. He is a breath of fresh air in today’s generation of actors and I genuinely believe that he is an all-rounder. It’s a very rare quality that you get in people today that come to work and aren’t cribbing, complaining or bitching or forever finding fault with either the production department or the direction department.
In this new generation of actors, he is the first guy I have come across after a very long time who also believes in the same things. Our work ethics are very similar. He is ever so courteous, a thorough gentleman, he is adorable, I just love Nakuul and Jankee. I am so happy I met Nakuul it was amazing working together.
What is your take on the digital medium which is flourishing nowadays?
Web gives one more room to experiment. The roles are more interesting and diverse rather than the linear that exists on television.
Do you think the web needs censorship?
I believe there should be an element of censorship as some of it is bordering on pornography and it’s unnecessary in the stories.
Any other projects you are working on?
After Never Kiss Your Best Friend, I also have How To Kill Your Husband, Guilty, Tuesday’s and Friday’s, as well as Puncch Beat Season 2 and 3 coming up. And there a few others but it’s too early to talk about them right now.
Which is your preferred medium to work?
I am not choosing work according to medium but rather what excites and challenges me.
Any final message
I would want the audience to binge-watch Never Kiss Your Best Friend on ZEE5 as it is an amazing series.