Pragati Mehra: The Queen of Drama

Pragati Mehra

By: ASJAD NAZIR

VERSATILE actress Pragati Mehra took a break during the pandemic but was persuaded to return to play a key role in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.

The popular drama has taken a generational leap, and her character is helping to push it forward.
Eastern Eye caught up with the much-loved TV star to discuss this latest chapter in her action-packed career and her future hopes.

How did you feel about landing a role in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai?
I’m thrilled to be part of one of the longest running TV shows. It’s a great feeling and an interesting character that I play.

What was the experience of working on the show?
It’s only been a few months now and the experience has been very smooth. All the cast and crew get along like a house on fire. I feel like we’ve been working for a long time and haven’t met recently. It’s wonderful to work with such a good team.
Does it put pressure on you that the series is so iconic and that you are part of the new chapter?
To some extent, yes, because fans of the show are constantly comparing one era to another. Luckily, they’ve definitely loved the show so far. They expect a lot and that’s a good thing.

How does this character compare to others you’ve created?
I have always played strong characters. But this time, he’s an educated character, slightly drunk on power. It is modern and strong. This is a first for me.

Why do you think this show is so beloved?
It’s all in the name. It’s about human relationships and emotions. Everyone finds an aspect to relate to in the show.

What inspires you as an actress?
(Laughs) I’m a born drama queen. My family will vouch for my non-stop nautanki! It’s easier for me to be an actress. For anything else, I would need inspiration.

What do you like to watch as an audience?
I love watching comedies, documentaries, travel and food shows, and romances, in that order.

Do you have a dream role?
It’s a tricky question to answer, because every time you see a performance or read a book/character that catches your eye, you want to portray it. Hence this dream role you talk about that keeps changing. Although I would like to do hardcore romance without twists and turns. An eternal love story.

If you could master something new, what would it be?
I would like to master the art of doing nothing and being okay with it. I really feel like we romanticize the hustle and we all fall into this kind of trap from time to time.

Why do you like being an actress?
Like I said earlier, I’m a bona fide certified born theater queen.

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