EXCLUSIVE: Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's Pankhuri Awasthy: Good to be a part of this family off screen as well

In an EXCLUSIVE chat with Pinkvilla, Pankhuri Awasthy opens up on the backlash she faced for playing Vedika. Read on.
EXCLUSIVE: Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's Pankhuri Awasthy: Good to be a part of this family off screen as wellEXCLUSIVE: Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai's Pankhuri Awasthy: Good to be a part of this family off screen as well
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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has been growing by leaps and bounds when it comes to TRP. However, the online fans seem upset with reports of Kartik (Mohsin Khan) and Vedika (Pankhuri Awasthy) getting married while Naira (Shivangi Joshi) will be left to feel guilty for the entire separation. Well, amid this, it is Pankhuri who has been facing the brunt with the fans calling her names and targeting her for her camaraderie with the YRKKH cast. 

Recently, we caught up with Pankhuri for a fun chat wherein she spoke about a quality of Vedika which she can relate to as Pankhuri, the backlash she has been facing and her off-screen bond with the cast. Excerpts from the interview:

1. A quality of Vedika which you resonate with as Pankhuri?

I think one thing I could primarily relate to is that Vedika is trying really hard to not be a pile on. Although the situation is such that everyone is trying to match her up with Kartik but she is still ready to give him his space. That resonates with me. 

2. Were you always prepared for the backlash that you have been receiving for playing Vedika?

I honestly wasn't (prepared) because this is a different kind of backlash I received. When I joined, it did come to me that I might receive flak for my character because obviously, people are diehard fans of Kaira. But the nature of backlash I have been getting is not something I can count in the term of rationality. 

The thing is it is a vicious cycle. They will bash you for a certain thing. They will say they are commenting on the character but will make personal remarks. Then when you give it back, they will either delete the comment. The only option we have is to block these people. When you try to knock them off, they will target you saying you don't respect their sentiments and more. I have understood that I am not dealing with people who I can reason with and that there is no point. 

3. Your video on social media got a lot of traction with people commenting that it hurt their sentiments... your comments?

That video which I had put, there was no intention of hurting anyone. It wasn't supposed to be perceived in such a negative manner. I wouldn't want to jeopardise anyone's feelings for the show or my co-stars but I can only listen to the point where I can relate to them. But, if they continue to make stories about me, then I will have to give it back. In fact, they were making fun of what I was being called by fans, it wasn't even on fans. But yes, some of the actors they came out in my support. They got a backlash for that too though. 

4. How did your co-stars react to it? 

If anybody saying anything would have helped, we would all have done it, especially even if Mohsin or Shivangi would have said anything, nothing would have happened because fans weren't ready to listen. Why pull those two poor guys into this? Honestly, I do not believe in relying on someone else to fight my battle. 


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5. On her camaraderie with the cast?

It's been good. It is fun to be with the entire cast. It is good to be a part of this family off the sets as well. The vibe is great on sets.


I hate u vadika why are u not left the show

Everything is going for trp bUt I enjoying the drama

Vedika shud have left Kartik the moment she comes to know abt kaira being alive..

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