Meet the new Chandrakanta

Published - June 23, 2017 01:40 am IST

FEISTY WARRIOR Madhurima Tuli as Chandrakanta

FEISTY WARRIOR Madhurima Tuli as Chandrakanta

As “Chandrakanta” is all set to replace Naagin 2 on Colors, Madhurima Tuli, who is playing the title role, talks about the effort that has gone into playing the popular character.


“Chandrakanta” has been a blockbuster show in the past as well, do you believe you will live up to the expectations?

The show is based on the book “Chandrakanta” which was beautifully written by Devaki Nandan Khatri. The story is the same, it has love, revenge and betrayal but we have definitely taken a different approach. The audience today is enjoying watching shows that showcase mythology and fantasy in a different light, and we are trying to provide them with the same. This time, we are really trying to connect with the youth. The youth is not aware of the story of Chandrakanta and we are trying to change that by bringing the story back in a different, magical way. It is important to connect to the youth as they are shifting towards web series of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Tell us about the role and your preparation

Chandrakanta is a very strong, independent and fierce character; just like the girls today. Her mother decided to send her away; from Vijaygarh to Suryagarh so that she stays safe. She has been taken care of by fishermen and has grown up to be a fierce warrior. She is a princess, has powers and can perform magic; yet she has her innocence intact. If someone does something wrong, she ensures that justice is served. She is always there for the needy and makes sure no one wrongs them. She is the perfect example of beauty with brains.

I had to deeply connect to the character and be more strong as a person so that I could do justice to the role. Personally, the role of Chandrakanta has helped me become a stronger person. In today's world there is a lot of negativity, yet Chandrakanta remains extremely positive and shines bright. My role demanded me to do horse riding, though it was a challenge it was something I always wanted to do. Sword fighting was definitely challenging, I had sore arms every day!

I have to wear slightly revealing outfits, so it becomes slightly awkward for me at times. But ultimately, it is the outfit of a warrior. I don't consider it to be a glamorous doll look rather I see it as a smart warrior outfit.

This is not the first time that you are working with Ekta Kapoor, how has been your experience been so far?

I have previously worked with Ekta Kapoor in ‘Kumkum Bhagya’ and ‘Parichay’ and my experience has been wonderful. Working with Ekta has a very homely feeling and I feel grateful for the opportunities that she has granted me.

Sadly, I had to quit ‘Kumkum Bhagya’; maybe it was destiny. But Ekta called me back for this show, and I am glad and thankful for this role.

You have worked on the small screen as well as the big screen, how has your journey been?

My journey has been crazy, but in a good way. Luckily, I have been blessed and I kept on getting work. I have worked in Hindi film industry as well as the South, both of them are very different. I personally prefer working in Hindi movies and TV shows and I thoroughly enjoy doing them.

‘Prem Ya Paheli - Chandrakanta’ is a show which is already on air on Life Ok. Do you believe it will be a challenge to overcome this competition?

It is definitely going to be a tough competition as they already have an established fan base, but I am not going to get pressurised.

If I succumb to the pressure, I won't be able to give my 100%. It is entirely on the audience whether they like our efforts or not, but I have definitely remained positive. I believe if you don't expect too much, you become happy no matter what the result is.

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