Bagging the role of a Punjabi girl in the popular TV serial Jugni Chali Jalandhar was no cakewalk for Muskaan Mihani,an otherwise Sindhi girl who comes from a conservative family of Ahmedabad.
Her ambition to be an actor was supported by her entire family,she says,and adds Not just me,but my entire family shifted to Mumbai to help me pursue my career in acting.
It was a big decision for my otherwise conservative family as we all shifted to Mumbai when I told them about my ambition, says Muskaan who was in the city as part of one-of-its-kind kitty party organised by Grihshobha Magazine here today. After spending some time in the tinsel town,Muskaan got a break in the film Heyy Baby wherein she played the sister of the lead actress. And when landed a role of a Punjabi girl named Jugni in the SAB TV serial,Muskaan saw a shift from her being a Gujarati-bred girl of Ahmedabad in real life to a Punjabi girl in reel life.
As for Karan Godwan,the male lead in the serial,who was brought up in Balma De Mallorca in Spain,it was also a major shift in life. Karan,who is playing Jugnis husband in the serial,also shifted to Mumbai with his family,after he completed his 12th standard in Spain,hoping to make a career in Bollywood.
For both the actors,it was about shifting from different cultures in order to realise their dream in the city of dreams. I underwent a workshop to get into the skin of the Punjabi character. And now I am so proud that I have played different shades,all in my one role,like a simple Bahu,a sardar,a doctor from UK, Muskaan beams.
Karan says he joined a college and started looking for breaks here and there. I was in the dance group of Shymak Davar and I also participated in the Filmfare award among those dancers behind the actor. All the time I was hoping to be the one in front.
I must have appeared for at least 60 auditions before I was picked up for this role, he adds. My father told me if you want to live in Mumbai you will have to live like a common Mumbaikar. It was hard initially as it meant leaving all the luxuries back there for a life full of struggle, he tells.
It is tough being stars of daily soap operas. One daily shift takes about 13 to 18 hours and if you are in the lead,it means your presence on the sets most of the time.