Nimrit Kaur the talented actress has been winning hearts as Meher Sarabjit Singh Gill in Choti Sarrdaarni the Colors show produced by Cockrow and Shaika Entertainment.
The recent twist in the show saw the story proceeding forward by five years, post which Meher is seen in the avatar of a Kashmiri lady, handling the canteen of a famous hotel in Pahalgam.
Says Nimrit, “The time that I had for the preparation of this new avatar was very less. For a person like Meher who has been what she is till now, and suddenly gone through few life-changing tragedies, that of Jagga’s death, to the reaction of her family, she has seen so much in life in a quick time. So after a point, a part of you starts believing that you are the reason for all the negativity and turmoil caused in many lives around you. This is why Meher tells Sarabjit that she wants the kids and him to be away from this mess and lead life afresh.”
“It is next to impossible for a person like Meher to kill her own brother. But the fact that her own mother believes in it and has disowned her, has pained her a lot. This sentiment has brought about a major loss in Meher’s life. She has ended up losing her entire family. And this was the ground for my prepping for the character post leap. Even if Meher smiles, her smile does not reach her eyes. There is a sense of immense maturity; also she is in that phase of her life wherein she is only thinking about survival now. There is also a sense of constant missing and yearning. There are two kids back home; there is a husband back home. If you see the story from Meher’s point of view, she has done the right thing by keeping them away from her. There is a lot of patience and loneliness in Meher post leap,” Nimrit adds on the present phase in the story.
Nimrit who has been to Kashmir many times owing to her father’s military background had a great time shooting there. “I had a great time this time. When my dad was in the army, we have visited the place many times. But I could not interact with people freely then. This time when I went, I made a few friends who were Kashmiris. They are such warm people. Shooting in Kashmir also made me realize how privileged we are. People out there have only the 2G services, there is no pre-paid, the wifi would stop all of a sudden, and all this is their everyday struggle. I felt very empathetic towards them.”
A pleasant surprise that Nimrit got in Kashmir was that “I was very glad that a lot of people over there watch our show. It is not their mother tongue, but they are ardent viewers of the show. This made me really happy.”
On the shoot experience, she states, “It is just beautiful to shoot in the snow. My visit to Kashmir was splendid and I have got back with wonderful experiences.”
Ask her about Kevina Tak being back on the show in a new role and Nimrit explains, “I think people love a character and eventually become fans of the person playing it. Kevina has such a massive fan following that when it was out in the news that she is going to quit, people did not take it right. So I guess it was a genuine and good decision of makers and channel to bring her back. We are all so very comfortable shooting with her, and so is she with us.”
Nimrit adds on, “She is back with an added advantage of playing a girl this time around. We know she is a girl but we also used to love her as a boy. As a child, nobody deserves to go through an identity crisis on how to behave (smiles). So it is good for her that she is a girl now.”
On the million-dollar question of whether Sarab and Meher will unite soon, Nimrit avers, “The reunion of Sarabjit and Meher has to happen at some point in the story. But it is not coming anytime soon.”
On the sad exit of characters Jagga and Amrita, Nimrit shares her thoughts, “I was so sad that we had to immediately fly to Kashmir and could not give Amal and Abhilasha a farewell. We will plan a farewell get-together sort very soon. Just like it was a shock for viewers, it was a shock for us too.”
On expectations on the news phase in Choti Sarrdaarni, Nimrit quips, “I just hope viewers like the present phase. Trust me, I have always gone with the flow. When I started, I never expected it to be so big. So I just hope there is a feeling of a breath of fresh air.”