“Every actor has a goal”

Daughter of the soil, Parvati Anil Sehgal, who’s born to an Indian Air Force officer from Jammu, has thus far added many feathers to her cap in the showbiz industry and is working tirelessly to make the UT proud on the big screen as well. Thirty-two-year-old Parvati debuted her acting career with the Star Plus show “Mann Ki Awaaz Pratigya,” which ran for four years and earned her the coveted award for Best Actor in Negative Role (Female) in the 10th edition of the prestigious New Talents Awards. She then teamed up with Kapil Sharma for the hugely popular competitive comedy show “Comedy Circus Ke Super Stars” on SONY and won the national competition with a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
She speaks with our Correspondents Ritesh Gupta and Bivek Mathur to share her experience in the industry and her aspirations for the future. Here are the excerpts of the interview:
Q: Can you tell us about your background and how you started your acting career?
A: I was born to an IAF officer and grew up in a family with a culture of singing. I auditioned for “Mann Ki Awaz Pratigya” while in college and was selected. It was a surprise for my parents, but they supported me. Acting has always been my focus, but I also love to sing and do comedy.
Q: You started your career with negative roles, did you face any criticism for it?
A: Yes, I’d like to answer this question with an example. I was in a coffee shop and a woman was constantly staring at me in a mischievous manner. To know the reasons, I approached the woman to ask her what the matter was. To my surprise, I was told by the woman that she hates me for my negative role in Pratigya. But for me, it was a compliment, and I take love, appreciation, and hate equally because that’s what keeps you motivating.
Q: Who is your favourite character that you have played so far?
A: Undoubtedly, it was Komal in Pratigya as it was my first role, and the language used in the serial was difficult for me to speak. But I enjoyed doing it because I had an interest in it.
Q: Can we expect to see you on the silver screen?
A: While I am content with TV, I’d like to do some web series soon and other good projects. Every actor has a goal, and I’d like to reach new heights.
Q: Do you have any dream projects or actors/directors you’d like to work with?
A: As an actor, I want to work with directors who can give me a perspective and groom me. I’d love to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Anurag Kashyap, and Imtiaz Ali, who are known for different styles of direction. I cannot say whether I prefer any actor to work with.
Q: Can you tell us about your experience working with Kapil Sharma on Comedy Circus Ke Superstars?
A: Making people laugh is very difficult, and I’m so lucky to have got an opportunity to work with Kapil Sharma, who taught me timing, expression, body language, and character. We won that (Comedy Circus Ke Superstars) season, and even though I got busy with other shows, I didn’t disconnect with him (Kapil Sharma). I’d definitely like to work with him again.
Q: How did you manage to continue your education while pursuing acting?
A: My father always wished that I continue education with acting and singing. So, it was definitely getting difficult for me, but to manage things, I continued my education through distance mode from Mumbai University.
Q: Would you be interested in promoting your Dogri culture?
A: My maternal grandfather is a writer who has written many Dogri songs, and my mother has sung some of them. I’d love to record one of my Naanu Ji’s Bhaint and promote the culture in my own way.
Q: Lastly, how do you feel about the Government’s new film policy to promote artists?
A: I appreciate this move as I believe that the government should support actors and singers. Every child has his own talent, and we should push him to pursue his dreams.