Kanika Maheshwari who is playing the character of Meenakshi in Diya Aur Baati Hum is literally on her toes these days. This newly wedded actor in real life has settled in Delhi after her marriage and every month she has to travel up and down from Delhi to Mumbai for her shoot.
“I love my work, at times it’s very difficult to balance your work and new family, but touch wood my in-laws respect and appreciate my work. They are very cooperative and helpful. On the other hand my producer Sumeet Ji is also very cooperative. They completely plan all my scenes, have the full script in hand and then call me for the shoot. This is very difficult in TV serials, but Shashi Ji manages it so well. And when I am back after the hectic shoot schedule, I feel so relaxed when I meet my in-laws”, says Kanika.
And what about the typical Indian telly image of a mother-in-law? She already has one in Bhabo in the serial. Laughs Kanika, “no, no. My off-screen Saas is completely opposite to my onscreen Bhabo. She is a very sweet, caring mom-in-law and she understands me so well. In fact my onscreen bhabo is also very close to me once the camera is off”, adds Kanika.
“She is an excellent actor and yes our production team faces difficulties to plan the schedule according to her dates, but it is not unworkable. We can’t let such brilliant actor slip by our hand just have to make little adjustment which is part of our life”, says Sumeet Mittal.
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