Asha Negi needs no introduction. The actress has been delighting fans with her child-like charm and womanly grace on the small screen for a decade. Be it Purvi from Pavitra Rishta that propelled her to fame or showing off her perfect dance moves in Nach Baliye 6, she has done it with finesse. After leaving behind a mark in television, Asha took the OTT platform by storm with the sweet and pure series Baarish. Now, as the ALT Balaji and ZEE5 web series is streaming on the digital giants since yesterday, the vivacious actress is set to captivate the audience with her lovable personality of Gauravi onscreen.
As fans are soaking in the rains of love with Baarish 2, Asha got candid during an interview with PeepingMoon.com and spoke about first love, working with veteran actor Jeetendra aka Ravi Kapoor and much more.
Excerpts from the interview:
After the successful first season of Baarish, how it is coming back home to ALT Balaji?
ALT Balaji, Balaji Telefilms and the team of Baarish are like family now. When we started shooting for the first season, we became friends and were waiting for the second edition to go on floors at the earliest.
Veteran actor Jeetendra is making his digital debut with Baarish 2. How was it shooting with him?
It was so overwhelming. He would never sit in his van after his portions, but remained on the sets to spend time with us telling stories about his days with Rajesh Khanna. In fact, instead of him giving us acting tips, he would just be like someone who is facing the camera for the first time. He was so down to earth. Sometimes he would embarrass us saying, 'main fumble kar raha hu'. I'll forever cherish this experience of working with him.
As an actor, do you prefer portraying a girl next door or a typical Indian bahu?
Since I’ve done typical Indian bahu roles in the past, it is fun to play a girl next door. Also, I am keen on signing roles that allow me to perform some action stunts.
How was it working with Sharman Joshi in the second season?
It was wonderful. This time we were such good friends. In fact, Nandita Mehra, the director had to ask us to feel a little shy and awkward with each other. We enjoyed and felt comfortable in each others' company.
The lip-lock scene must have been a new experience for you.
As an actor, he/she has to decide whether they are okay with such scenes and to what extent it can be done. In my case, if the story demands such sequences, I am okay with it. When I was told about it, I got a little nervous. Despite the scene was well-shot, I felt awkward as it was my first time.
After romance, is there any genre you desire to explore?
Yes, there is something that I am already doing. I can’t really talk about it right now. It is something different than what I’ve done before.
Any plans of making a Bollywood debut?
Something is in the pipeline. It should happen soon after the Coronavirus crisis erases off.
How similar or different are you from Gauravi?
Quite similar yet different too. Whenever it comes to being a responsible, adorable, child in the family, I am quite similar. But I have my own terms and conditions to living my life.
Do you believe in true love?
I really don’t know what true love and fake love means. The institution in itself is so pure that when love happens to you, it is true.
Do you feel that amid the lockdown, people will respond better to your show than the first season?
Yes, I think so. In fact, a lot of people watched Baarish 1 during the lockdown. I am glad that the second season is coming out now.
In the times when web series deal with whacky concepts, your show is pure and simple. Is that a reason for signing the show?
Baarish is a clutter-breaker. The time when genres like crime, erotic, thriller, etc are ruling the OTT platform, this show is like a breath of fresh air. It is light, simple, sweet and a feel-good show. When people are done with watching the heavy crime-thrillers, they can watch this for a break.
You made a transition from television to OTT. Did you notice any striking difference or similarity?
In the webspace, you give one or two months to a show and then you are done. Though I am very grateful for the number of episodes my previous shows did. But it is relieving that you will be done in a few months’ time to explore more content. It is creatively satisfying. In web, you get the liberty to kiss, use certain words.
Are you willing to be a part of Pavitra Rishta reboot or sequel, if offered in the future?
It depends, when it happens and how it happens. I would love to be a part of it. In fact, as Pavitra Rishta is being re-telecast on Zee TV now, my family and near dear ones are very happy as they were missing me on television.