Had a live-in relationship with Krushna-Kashmera – Arti Singh
Arti Singh on her TV roles, constant comparisons with relatives and more
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; August 19, 2012)
Arti Singh (Seema from Parichay), Bollywood actor Govinda’s niece, is very happy with her career choice. But she is constantly compared to her cousin Ragini Khanna and now to her brother Krushna Abhishek. So how does the girl cope with that? Excerpts from an interview…
You are appreciated by the audiences for your role in Parichay. But you play a bhabhi there and once a bhabhi, always a bhabhi…
I don’t think so. Even if I’m playing a bhabhi, I am popular. I am earning and that’s what matters. I played a bhabhi even in my last show Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai, where I was the main lead. So it’s really the character one is portraying. Also, let’s not forget TV’s popular character Parvati too was a bhabhi in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki.
Now post the leap in your show, you play a mother to a 16-year-old…
Yes, that’s a natural progression in the serial, but that doesn’t mean you get slotted. Shweta Tiwari played a grandmother and even Ankita Lokhande is playing mother to a 22-year-old. But once a show is over, you are back to being what you were. That’s why we actresses don’t want to look old even if we are playing mothers.
But that’s the problem, where young mothers end up looking as old as their daughters…
That’s only natural. You don’t want to look too old because at the end of the day, it’s not the last show you are doing.
How do you cope with constant comparisons with your cousin Ragini Khanna who has so far played some young bubbly roles…
Ragini is family and if she is doing well, I am happy for her and I know she’ll be happy for me. There’s no question of comparison. So is the case with my brother Krushna Abhishek. He is happiest when I’m doing well. I remember he was most thrilled when I got a standing ovation in Comedy Circus.
You came to Mumbai from Lucknow six years ago and lived with Krushna and his girlfriend Kashmera Shah…
Yes, the three of us were in a live-in relationship! I stayed with them for three years and then moved into another house. Today, I live with my dad. But I’m constantly in touch with Krushna and Kashmera; they are always there for me.
Do you tell them it’s time to get married…
I don’t tell them anything because it’s entirely their decision. Whenever they feel they should tie the knot, they will. Besides, if I tell my elder brother to get married, he will ask me to do it first! (laughs)
Did being Govinda’s niece make it easier for you to get into the industry?
Not really. Yes, there’s a lot of respect I get when people learn that I am related to Chi Chi mama and it feels nice. But as far as work goes, I’ve been on my own.
On the personal front, are you seeing somebody?
I’m single and very happy. All I want to do right now is to work and make money.
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