Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya: “I’m not used to watching me romance on screen”

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Television star Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is venturing into the digital space with ‘Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala’. The show premiered yesterday and viewers saw Tripathi play a chef called Nitya Mehra.

A few days before the release of her digital series, Tripathi Dahiya sat down for an interview with BollywoodLife. And although the promotional circuit is new to the star, she has no issue in doing it. “This show is such that it needs promotions,” Tripathi claims. By ‘such’ she means the show is coming on the digital platform which is heavily loaded with a variety of content, including adult content. Tripathi feels there is hardly any series on the digital platform appropriate to be watched along with the family. “It has saucy romance, yet it’s watchable with family.”

In her 13-year-long career, Tripathi Dahiya has tried to maintain a distance from being bold. “I was intimidated, I wouldn’t lie. I’m a very shy person as such,” Tripathi replies when asked about playing her character. “I’m not used to watching me romance on screen. (And) I’m married. Sometimes you have mental barriers that you only guard up. As an actor I wanted to set some boundaries and work around it. But here, I have pushed my boundaries a bit. (For that) I have prepared my family. But it is always difficult to convince yourself than others, especially when it’s related to body show or intimate scenes.”

The star has also gone through a physical transformation for the character, a high rated chef at a posh restaurant. The decision to hit the gym came due to various reasons. “Vivek (husband) has always been motivating me to look fitter and better. He has been pushing me,” Tripathi shares. “After one look test, I realised that I don’t look good in any of those clothes. I was rather looking like an ugly duckling. I wasn’t fitting in any pants.” It was then that she decided she “wanted to look the best” and she started working hard on herself. “For two months there were no results, at all. I used to call up Vivek and cry. But after a point, it did show.”

In the series, which is Pradeep Sarkar’s directorial, two ex-lovers come at a junction of their life when they cannot stand each other, yet cannot leave. When asked if a situation like this occurs in her life, where she is compelled to work with her ex what she would do, the star answers, “I would like to leave and go away from the situation. I would not want to be around my past.” She further explains, “(It) Depends on the past, if it’s bad or good. If the past is good there is a possibility of friendship but if it’s not good, then I would just not want to be in that negative space.”

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