Today was the last day of our set hopping and this time it was Balika Vadhu on the cards. The place where the show is shot, is a two hour drive from where we live but, it was worth the distance we travelled since the entire star cast of the show was present.
As we set off a midst the mist and rain along the track that seemed breath taking to view, the distance seemed never ending. We wondered how the actors may have been managing the distance for the last three years.
On screen they share a husband, off-screen they share a room: Pratyusha and Anjum
Later even Jagiya (Shashank Vyass) joined us. We congratulated Pratyusha and Shashank for winning the Best Jodi Award and both of them seemed elated at their latest victory.
Pratyusha incidentally has also won the New Talent award. On asking him about his character, Shashank made fun of his current role saying Jagiya is a HIT hero since he has been slapped several times on the show. It was fun being around the three of them.
Not many people know that Surekha Sikri is an alumni from the National School of Drama where she is today taught as a part of their curriculum. Apart from her, Bhairav (Anup Soni) & Vasant (Satyajit) are also alumni from the National School of Drama.
As we drove back, we were still reeling in the effects of the day since we had not only met and interacted with the actors but also had grown immensely fond of them, their simplicity and the sincerity with which they interacted with us and spent time around us considering we were meeting for the very first time. Here is a focused bunch of people, all of who, know their jobs well, are popular with the masses and yet are so down to earth, you see through why the show has been a consistent hit over the last three years!