She’s bubbly, chatty and willing to experiment with her roles. Kritika Kamra — better known as Dr Nidhi of Kuch Toh Log Kahenge — was in town on Thursday to unveil The Eterna Collection by P.C. Chandra Jewellers at their JL Nehru Road outlet. t2 caught up with the TV star...
Kritika at P.C. Chandra Jewellers on Thursday. Picture by Rashbehari Das
How different is Sharad Kelkar from Mohnish Behl in the role of Dr Ashutosh?
They are both senior actors, they know much more than I do. It’s a good experience, of course, and the rapport was different because Manish ji is much older to me. He is almost my parents’ age, so it was about respect. With Sharad, it’s a little more chilled out because he is a prankster!
Are you as bubbly and mischievous in real life as you are in Kuch Toh Log Kahenge?
I am quite similar to the bubbly character I play. In fact, people say, ‘Arre yeh toh acting karti hi nahin hai!’ I don’t know whether it is a compliment or not but I think that’s how I play my characters. There has to be a part of my real self. Mischievous? (Giggles) Not so openly.
Your character is a young girl married to a much older man. How far do you support this kind of marriage?
Of course, that’s what the concept was. It is based on Dhoop Kinare, which was a cult show. Dhoop Kinare was made in the ’80s and so I wanted to see if I could watch it now. And I could! This show is done very beautifully — even the intimate scenes have been done aesthetically. It’s subtle and classy. No song, dance, hawa. It is not that kind of a romance.
What show did you love watching as a kid?
Hip Hip Hurray.
What’s the best compliment you’ve got from a fan?
Fans are so sweet that they even like your flaws! However, a stand-out compliment was when recently the writer of my show, Kamleshji (Kamlesh Pandey), said in an article that he thought I was capable of making it in Bollywood and he would like to write something for me. That was a huge compliment!
What are your favourite places in Calcutta?
This is my third visit here. I like New Market — there is a nice silver shop there, Chamba Lama. I also like the nightlife here. Last time, I went to Kookie Jar and Someplace Else because everybody told me I should! This time, before my flight today (Thursday), I want to have phuchkas and rolls (smiles).
What’s the best way to woo Kritika?
Jewellery would be a good idea.
What jewellery have you inherited?
There is some jewellery that has been passed down from my grandmother that my mother is saving for me. There is also this one necklace that I really like. It is very traditional. It is like a rani haar with many chains.
Are you dating anyone?