EXCLUSIVE: Yeh Hai Chahatein's Aishwarya Sakhuja: TRP is not my business; I need to ONLY worry about my craft

In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Aishwarya Sakhuja of Yeh Hai Chahatein fame opened up on bagging the role, playing a grey character for the first time, the stigma around single mothers and more.
EXCLUSIVE: Yeh Hai Chahatein's Aishwarya Sakhuja: TRP is not my business; I need to ONLY worry about my craftEXCLUSIVE: Yeh Hai Chahatein's Aishwarya Sakhuja: TRP is not my business; I need to ONLY worry about my craft
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Yeh Hai Chahatein, a spin-off to Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, has kickstarted and has garnered a lot of positive reviews for starters. Sargun Kaur and Abrar Qazi play the protagonists in the show with Aishwarya Sakhuja playing a slightly greyer shade. In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Aishwarya opened up on bagging the role, playing a grey character for the first time, the stigma around single mothers and more. Excerpts from the interview below:

How has your journey been overall? Highs and lows... and now finally being able to take up a different character?

It's been a roller coaster. It has not been easy and has tested my patience to another level. There have been times when I am like I want to leave Mumbai and settle in a small city but I guess when the acting bug bites you, it is for a lifetime. I am still around and trying to find different characters. This would be the first negative character that I will be doing. You know the makers, Balaji, are fantastic storytellers. They justify every character, storyline, track. When you are entering a Balaji show, you know your efforts are paying off as an actor. 

But are you apprehensive of the comparisons that will be perhaps made? Anita Hassanandani played Shagun very effectively. 

No. Comparisons have never bothered me. Had they bothered me, I don't think I would have lasted for so long in the industry because no matter what you do, you will be compared to other actors on different shows, different mediums. You will be compared to your own shows you did in past. So, it doesn't bother me. Now, negative is no longer soon as a negative character. It has become an important part of the narrative. Balaji's antagonist is different and has more to do than other shows. The masala comes from the antagonist. All these years, I have stuck to playing a positive lead, so this is exciting. It is going to be challenging and I am ready for it. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is also your first grey character...

I like the fact that TV is changing, in the fact that you no longer look at the negative character ends up doing. There is a graph to them too and a backstory to them and more real. They are no longer just being evil for the sake of it. It is more grey and not out and out negative. Every time you play a positive lead, you are shown as 'sati-savitri' that you sometimes can't relate to yourself. Writers now are keeping things more realistic. 

Yeh Hai Chahatein essentially wants to break the societal preconceived notion about single mothers. Do you think we as a country are yet to become sensitive about it?

I can speak from personal experience. When I lost my mom, my father was left alone with two kids, and then eventually we got him married to my now stepmother, who also had her own kids. So, speaking from her experience, she tells me that it was so difficult for her to find a stable relationship because she is a single mother. She is not even in India; she is in Australia. So, imagine if they find it difficult there, then imagine what must be happening here. Love shuv goes out of the window; it is all about practicality later on. Because eventually when you find a partner who comes with their own set of baggage, then love is sided, then you have to evaluate a lot of other things, if you will be compatible with the child and vice versa.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Do TRPs matter to you? Do you feel the pressure?

As an actor, I think my work is to worry about my craft. TRP is not my business. I need to know that I am doing a good job with the character that I have been given. I work for myself because I love the job; I am not here to impress the audience. I think I worry only about my job. I am being paid to act and I do that. If the show works, great; if it doesn't, I don't worry so much. In fact, look at my career, my first show was a hit, but otherwise, none of my shows were a hit. I am not interested to know if the show is working or not, I need to convince about my job. Like in my show Main Na Bhoolungi, I realised I wasn't doing great, so I spoke to the director and told them to either give me a workshop or just make some changes in the character because I am just unable to do it. I hope that never happens with again.

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Actually I don't know what is the serial.this is that type of serial which trp is down day by day

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