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October 13, 2015

Verve Wedding Diaries #5: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Pratyusha Banerjee

Text by Zaral Shah. Styling By Shweta Navandar and Chandni Bahri

She may play the ideal daughter-in-law on TV, but she is yet to tie the knot in real life. Read about her dreams for a perfect wedding…

Pratyusha Banerjee, 24
Anandi Jagdish Singh/Shivraj Shekhar in Balika Vadhu (BV) and Sagarika Chattopadhyay in Hum Hain Na

“I have always wanted to be part of the TV business. My career started with Anandi in BV, which was followed by Sagarika in HHN. Compared to those homely characters, I am now playing a character, Mohini, who’s a stark opposite in Sasural Simar Ka. Playing someone with completely different personality traits and outlook towards life was a little difficult for me at the outset, but then these are the challenges of being an actor.”

“I appreciate it when people address me as one of my characters. When they do so, I know they’ve enjoyed my performances and have related to my on-screen persona.”

“I think if our families don’t connect then the relationship would never be complete. The ideal wedding setting would be a grand wedding at the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur. The ultimate on-screen wedding, though, would be Anandi’s wedding on the show which I was fortunate to be part of.”

“I have been brought up in a very homely environment because of which there was a sense of ease when I had to adapt to the role of a married woman. I am inspired by my mother.”

“I was very reluctant at first when I was offered a negative character like Mohini. But, as an actor, if the role is different compared to what I have done in the past, I need to work hard towards perfecting it.”

“My one constant message to all young women who look up to my characters is that they should not follow my characters blindly but instead imbibe elements from them — like striving to be successful and strong.”

“Today’s bahus are much stronger in terms of their characters and the language they use to converse. The evolution in the characters of the bahus also depends on the changes in the audience’s mentality which directly translates into changes in the storyline.”

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