Shubhavi Choksey, who plays Anurag Basu’s (Parth Samthaan) mother in Star Plus’ Kasautii Zindagii Kay reboot, is very happy that the show has now become numero uno this week. “I have always maintained that success is a team effort. We all are working very hard. Here I must doff my hat to director Muzammil Desai as captain of the ship.”
Point out the constant media speculation about whether Karan Singh Grover will be the new Mr. Bajaj, and she says, “It is really fun, for it shows interest in our show. We are all being flooded with the who and why queries.”
When pushed to give her two pence on what is really happening, she says, “I too have heard lots of theories, but none is a first person account, rather it is the same old Chinese Whispers game. And being a professional, it would be unbecoming to add to it.”
With her on-screen hubby’s recovery and the entry of Mr Bajaj (love triangle with Anurag and Prerna), will your character lose promise? “That is for the viewers to find out. Having said that, I don’t think it should happen. We are shooting non-stop as of now. Also, as in real life, even when the daughter-in-law enters the house, does the mother ever fade out?”
Apart for TV, Shubhavi has just done a part in newly released ALTBalaji web series, Medically Yours, where she essays the role of the lead, Shantanu Maheshwari’s mother. “Although I am playing a mom in Kasautii as well, there she is much older than me. While in Medically Yours, I play someone closer to my real life age,” says Shubhavi, who had done Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahani (2004-2007) before taking a sabbatical.
“Shooting a web show is so unlike TV. Here the costumes, shooting and type of dialogues are much more natural.” While she would be game for more web series, going bold is off the charts for her.
Way to go, Shubhavi!!