Puja Bose: I want a husband like Mahadev

Puja Bose, the new Parvati of Nikhil Sinha’s Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev, talks to CT about returning to TV after four years, replacing Sonarika Bhadoria in the show and about co-actor Mohit Raina.

How has the response been to your character of Parvati in Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev?
Quite positive, actually! I was a bit skeptical before. But now, things have fallen into place.

Apparently you were approached for the show a couple of times before you finally agreed…
I was approached for the role of Sati. That was during the initial stages of the show. But I couldn’t take it up then because of work commitments. Then they requested me to play Parvati, but again, I was busy. Now that the makers were replacing Parvati, I was again approached. This time, I took it up. I am big follower of Maa Durga and believe that there could be a connection somewhere. Maybe she wanted me to make a comeback on the small screen.

Do you think you can retain the fan following which your predecessor, Sonarika Bhadoria, enjoyed?
Every actor has his/her own fan following. People watch Mahadev… for the story and not just for an actor in particular. I have got a very positive response so far. My fans had been missing me. Some of them had been writing to me on Facebook everyday, saying that they wanted me back on TV. I hope they are happy now.

Did you see earlier episodes of Mahadev to know how you should play Parvati?
Not at all! I purposely didn’t watch any episode as I am not here to copy Sonarika. I want to maintain the legacy of the character. I am behaving the way Parvati should be.

How is Mohit Raina as a co-actor?
He is extremely cooperative. He is a good actor and has an aura about himself. I think he is cut-out for the role of Mahadev. He also has a good hold over the character, so it becomes easier for me.

Considering you have to speak chaste Hindi, did you face any problem with regards to the accent?
Since I have been born and brought up in Mumbai, my Hindi is very good. In fact, the actors from the Bengali film industry used to tell me that I have a problem with my Bengali accent.

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