Mugdha: I am 100% Chandni

From Prithviraj to Dharam Veer and now to Nanhi Pari, Mugdha Chapekar has come a long way. And for the first time, after playing mythological and historical characters, the actress is going to be playing the very normal role of a Punjabi girl called Chandni.
From playing Sanyogita to Chandni, how has your journey been?
It has been wonderful. But you have left out my role as ‘Sheera’ on Dharam Veer. This journey from a princess to a dacoit and now to a loving daughter has been very long but very special. It’s been nearly two and half years since Prithvi wrapped up and I’ve done many challenging roles.

Tell us about your character:
I am playing Chandni, who is a very quiet and simple girl. She’s a loving and understanding daughter and her nanaji is her world. She has a great bond with every member of the family, especially her chachi Mishti, who is also her best friend.

What inspired you to take up this role?
The character is very natural. After portraying mythological characters, I wanted to do something light. It was not that after Prithvi, I wasn’t offered anything. I got 15 very big offers but I wanted to rest for sometime. Hence, I didn’t take up anything.

Are there any similarities between you and your character?
Chandni is 100% me! And because of this, I had no difficulty in portraying her.

Any differences?
Not at all! There is nothing different.

How were you approached for the role?
There were auditions held after which I got a call in the month of February saying that I was selected.

How easy or difficult was it for you to learn Punjabi?
Although the serial shows Punjabi culture, there was no Punjabi dialogue. Though, I would love to learn Punjabi.

What is the best thing about Punjabi culture?
Oh, I am simply crazy about Punjabi food. I am a big foodie and I just love chhole.

Chandni is overprotected on the show, are you in your family?
Yes, very much! Although I have a younger brother, I am very pampered.

Who do you get along with on the sets?
Shweta, who plays Mishti, my chachi cum best friend, is my best friend. She’s the sweetest person on the sets. I even adore Vaishnavi ji; I respect her.

Have you finished studying?
I just finished my graduation in English Literature from Ruparel College.

What else is in the pipeline?
I really don’t have time for any other show. I believe in taking one project at a time and giving my best to that…rather than doing 10 shows at a time.

Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari airs every Monday to Thursday at 9:30pm on Colors.

Report By: Vandana Shukla

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