is the new kid on the block. Daljit Kaur
is the cute and smart girl next door who
seems to have a good screen presence as
well, which we sensed at the launch of Sony's
new baby Kulvaddhu. Produced by Anuj Saxena's
Maverick Productions, the big ticket show
is being slotted in the 8.30 pm band. This
army officer's daughter has won many beauty
pageants before she thought of taking up
acting as a career seriously. And lady luck
came her way when the channel bigwigs spotted
her in a Sony show and decided to cast her
as the lead in Kulvaddhu.
Kavita Shyam caught up with the leading
CID I won half the battle"
Let's begin from
where you began?
I am an army officer's daughter and have
been to all the places in India except Punjab.
I am a sardarni and have two elder sisters
who are also in the defence services posted
in Mumbai and Bangalore. I have been a commerce
student. In fact, for quite some time I
was the brand ambassador for Selvi in Pune,
along with handling their business.
Have you tried
your hand at acting before Kulvaddhu
I have done cameos and episodics in CID,
Mansha and Raat Hone Ko Hai. Sandiip
Sickand was flipping through channels and
saw me in one of the episodes in CID and
called me for an audition .So, for me CID
was half the battle won as for as bagging
the lead role in Kulvaddhu.
Can you jog down
the memory lane a bit more for us?
As I remember, I was a spoilt and pampered
child at home. Also, a complete tom boy
and yet a delicate darling in the house
while my sisters were the disciplined lot.
I didn't think of getting into this profession
until I became Ms Pune 2004, Ms Maharashtra,
Ms Navy Queen (runners up) and a finalist
of Ms Mumbai contest.
Did your parents
have any reservations about your joining
the glamour profession?
My parents wanted me to take up any profession
which I'd enjoy working in and get married
at the right time. Now they repeatedly keep
watching the promo's of
is giving me a good coverage"
Kulvaddhu and are proud of me.
Tell us about
your role in Kulvaddhu?
Niyati is a small town girl who has dreams
in her eyes. She is young, naïve, full
of values and a favourite with people. And
she is in love with Shourya and her life
changes when Shourya makes a confession
to her before the wedding.
Do you relate
yourself to the character you are playing
in the show?
I definitely relate to her as she is a normal
girl next door just like me. She's young,
naïve, vulnerable and makes mistakes.
She wears saris and I too love wearing saris
which is the USP. I am ninety nine percent
like the character I play and the only difference
is that I am a Punjabi with an army background
and she is a simple Rajasthani.
How is Mumbai
treating you and have you made any friends
in the city?
I've been in the city for two years now
and the city has been really good to me.
I keep going to Pune to meet my parents.
Manav Gohil and Shweta Kawatra are my good
friends and I really look up to them for
any kind of guidance.
I would like to pass on their goodness in
the future when I make it big.
Do you aspire to
I am very happy with television and the
kind of coverage I am getting I couldn't
have asked for more. I am getting into everyone's
homes and my mother doesn't have to go to
a movie hall to watch me perform. That's
the charm of the medium and its feels great
to be a part of it.
is happening in your personal life and when
is marriage on the cards?
I am seeing someone and he is from the industry.
When the time is right I will talk about
him and marriage is not on the cards in
the near future.
on 15 December 2006 7:30 pm