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Shweta Tiwari: My daughter was offered my role in Kasauti Zindagi Kay 2

Shweta Tiwari: My daughter was offered my role in Kasauti Zindagi Kay 2 – Actor Shweta Tiwari, who essayed the character of Prerna in original version of popular TV show Kasautii Zindagii Kay, says her daughter — who is now a teenager — was approached for the reboot.

As promos of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 tease television buffs, one misses actor Shweta Tiwari who was seen as Prerna, the lead female protagonist, in the first version of the show that was telecast from 2001 to 2008. Shweta, on the other hand, is returning to her first love, that is, theatre. Speaking on the sidelines of her upcoming play titled Jab We Separated, the actor confirms that her daughter, Palak was offered the title role in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2.

As an actor who earned so much fame as Prerna, would Shweta have told her daughter to take up the role? “Yes, I would have told her to go ahead and do it. In fact, everybody was saying, even from Balaji (production house) that she should do it. It was she who said ‘No Mom, I don’t think I can do a daily soap and work day in and day out. I cannot do that at this point in time’. And not only Kasautii, many other television shows were offered to her, she said no to every show. She said ‘Right now I don’t want to do it. Even if I have to do it, then I’ll do it later’.”

The 37-year-old actor who started her career with theatre, says she never imposes her thoughts on her daughter. “I never force anything on her or tell her what to do. She’s a very intelligent girl. She wants to be an actress; she has already decided that if she will do anything in her life then it will be related to this industry. But, she’s the one who takes her own call and says no or yes to projects,” says Shweta who was last seen on small screen in TV show Begusarai.

And it’s not just television, but even theatre that’s beckoning 17-year-old Palak. Shweta says, “Rahul [Bhuchar, producer and co-actor in her upcoming play] was telling her to perform the role of my daughter in the play. But she said she just doesn’t want to divert herself from class 12th studies; otherwise she would have done it.”

Shweta is thankful that her teenager “understands and follows” her mother’s advice. “Palak is a very responsible and intelligent girl. She doesn’t smoke or have any bad habits like other kids of her age. She never demands anything… Agar vo mujhe kehde ki on this birthday I need an iPad then she’ll wait till I give her one. She will not pester me or fight or cry for it. When I say ‘Right now I don’t think you need an iPad, you have a computer at home work on it, and when I think it’s the right time I will give it to you’, she will understand. Her deadline in the night is 8.30pm. No matter where she goes. If it’s a night party like a birthday, then her deadline is 11.30pm. She has to come back, and she comes back without having me fight with her. I have been very lucky that whenever I explain or tell her something, she understands and follows it. God has been kind.”

Shweta Tiwari: My daughter was offered my role in Kasauti Zindagi Kay 2.