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October 19, 2015

Verve Wedding Diaries #8: Radhika Madan On Being Destiny’s Child

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. Here, she talks about her dream wedding…

Radhika Madan, 20
Ishaani Parekh in Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi (MATSH)

“Destiny was a key factor because I never dreamt of becoming an actor. I was always interested in dance and was looking forward to moving abroad to study the art. MATSH happened in June the year I entered college — an audition later, next thing I knew, I was playing the lead role which changed everything.”

“Being recognised as my character does have its pros and cons. When people call me Ishaani, I feel like I am playing my role well enough for the audience to bond with it. Now, I would like to be known as myself — which is one of the reasons I chose to be part of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded. I wanted them to feel the connection with me the way they do with my character. I want to make my own mark!”

“I want the hearts and flowers, I want to fall in and experience the feeling of love, the emotion that I’ve heard so much of. I’d like my groom to be of my own choice and not based on others’ choosing. I am a complete romantic at heart.”

“I already have names of places shortlisted for my dream wedding. I want a ‘destination engagement’ and a big fat Indian wedding! My partner needs to be the impractical dreamer, one who might be wrong for the world, but right for me. He should seek adventure and look forward to the fun side of life. I have never looked at outer beauty because with time, that fades.”

“To be honest, playing a married girl wasn’t very tough. It was a little tricky initially to portray a character who is the absolute opposite of me. I’m a bubbly and impulsive girl who faced her share of hurdles but eventually got it figured out.”

“I don’t think today’s bahus are any different. They may come across as a little more modern and open-minded but I think the role of a bahu has always been very mature and strong. With so many shows being influenced by Western works and a newer generation in the television industry, I believe the small screen will soon bear a more genuine look.”

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