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Juhi Parmar: No to Skin Show

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Very few people actually live up to their own expectations and even excel in the same. Juhi Parmar or Kumkum of the small screen belongs to this category. Just in her early 20's, Juhi is co-hosting the very popular Antakshari, which his now being aired on Star One as "Colgate Maxfresh Antakhshari The Great Challenge" along with veteran Annu Kapoor whom she has grown up watching. In a recent chat with us Juhi speaks about her shows, movies, dream role and marriage. Here is the excerpt.

Q: How is it to anchor a show like Antakshari?
A: It is a great feeling to anchor Antakshari. But it is a great challenge as well. You have to be very spontaneous all the time. I knew I would have to work hard so I have pulled up my socks.

Q: But have you taken a cue from the previous anchors and set your benchmark?
A: No, not at all. I haven't taken a cue from any one at all. I thoroughly believe in originality. I really don't want to beat any one. I want to make my one identity.

Q: Did your viewing of Antakshari as an audience help you anyway?
A: That can't be possible at all. I was very small, probably 12 years when I watched it. So the question of taking a cue from the earlier show can't be possible at all. Moreover, I saw the show as an audience for mere entertainment.

Q: You are even acting in a daily soap simultaneously. Is it hampering your performance in Antakshari?
A: no, there are no problems at all. Kumkum is not suffering. Since both the shows being on Star they aren't not posing any problem. They take a lot of burden from the actors. I think I am quite lucky.

Q: Are you happy with the way your character is shaping up in Kumkum?
A: Oh yes, I am very happy with my role in Kumkum. I have got to play a lot of variety in just one serial itself. Moreover, I am very attached to the show it is like my baby. It has been five years since I have been doing this character. We recently completed 950 episodes of the show.

Q: Why can't we see you in any other show?
A: Actually, I don't have much time in hand. My entire month is divided between Antakshari and Kumkum. Therefore, there is no time for another show as of now. Maybe when Kumkum goes off-air or when there would be 50-60 days in a month this would be possible (laughs).

Q: Having been so successful in the show would you ever like to join films?
A: Surely, I would love to do films. But I am not comfortable with skin show and intimate scenes. That is why I have rejected a few offers also. I haven't been brought up in a way that such things become acceptable to me. The ones who do are bold enough to do so. I believe that one can prove his or her mettle by doing an intense role too, there's no need of unnecessary skin show.

Q: Then which kind of roles you would accept?
A: I have really loved Rani Mukherjee's role in Black. Anything like Sridevi's role in Sadma or in Chaalbaaz would be a perfect one for me. If a female version of Hera Pheri were ever made I would love to act in it.

Q: But what if it is a small role or just a guest appearance?
A: I started my career with a one-episode role in "Jee Sahib" on Zee. It is because of that role that I bagged the main lead in Kumkum. So the question of doing or not doing a role due to its length doesn't arise at all. Many big stars do such small roles. As long as they are able to make an impact it doesn't matter. The intensity is what matters a lot.

Q: Are there any marriage plans on the cards?
A: (Laughs) Life is what comes. When you are busy making other plans in life is useless. So you never know when it may happen. Maybe after a few days I will tell you that I am getting married the very next day!

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