Parull Chaudhry, a popular Indian Television actor who then became a household name from a show named Tere Mere Sapne. Born in New Delhi, she is a fitness freak. She has completed her graduation in Hotel Management from Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Administration, and soon after which she came to Mumbai to start her career in the TV industry. She was born on 5th February and started her career in 2011.
She had done many popular serials like Ssshhhh, Phir Koi Hai, Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, Divya Drishti, Piyaa Albela, and many more. Every character she played was unique, and she loves taking challenges. She does yoga to keep herself fit and consider Shilpa Shetty as her inspiration. Let’s check out what she has to say about her journey in these years.
- Tell us about your Journey
Well, my journey has been quite an interesting one. So, I was a Science student, who ended up doing Hotel Management from Welcome Group College in Manipal. Till I was doing my course, I wanted to fly for the airlines.
So I thought since I will have my hospitality degree in hand, I could directly work for International airlines. This was my plan, so I shifted from Science to Hotel Management, and also I thought it was more glamorous. But right from that time, I think things started turning towards the glamorous industry.
After completing my course, I didn’t get a chance for what I was planning to. Apart from that, many other reasons were there, which is why I thought of taking a break, and I came back to Delhi. You know Suvo Das, a famous photographer, and we all know him, and we decided to do some pictures.
Once it’s done, he handed me the pictures and a list of agencies. I immediately started working on it, and after which I did a lot of ramps. Since I was tall, I got to walk for many well-known designers soon after the photo-shoot.
2. What did you do post the photo-shoot?
After doing ramps, and I have walked in fashion weeks and Bridal Asia. I also participated in Gladrags, and I was a runner up. Deepti Gujral was the winner that year, and then Gladrags sent me to represent the country at the Tourism international in Kaula Lampur.
It was a proud moment and a special memory from that time. I mean what could be more beautiful than representing your country. Well, I still have pictures of me walking the ramps.
I participated there and got shortlisted, and was one of the finalists. After that, I won the title called Miss Friendship, and I came back and was still doing ramps. Then after a while, I wanted to do television and thought that I should give a try.
When Gladrags happened, all my pictures were over the newspapers, and I had got a call from Balaji. They had offered me to come to their office to audition for some TV show. But since I was not in Bombay, I decided to come back later. After that, I finally moved to Bombay and got into television.
3. What was your major show?
The major show was my JJ Valaya show; Asha and Vidyun were directing the show. I still remember that post the show, all my pictures were all over the newspapers. I was so excited, and I still have those images. We all know how beautiful JJ Valaya outfits are.
4. Was there any defining moment when you realized that you wanted to be an actor?
I think it was never really decided, but I kept on doing one after the other. The things kept unfolding, and I went with the flow, and it all worked out well. Television was quite big at that time. I knew that films were a big gamble as you have to struggle for a long time.
I wanted to be financially independent and television was regular work and payment. Yeah, I believe in destiny a lot, and I think I meant to be here, after looking at my journey from Science to Hotel Management to being an Actor.
5. Do you love playing negative characters?
Mostly I have played negative characters, and I excel in doing that. I love doing those grey characters, even though I am not at all like that in my real life. Like I am not at all manipulative, or I do not manipulate relationships in personal life, but all my characters have been vicious.
6. What have you learnt about yourself?
Frankly, I was introvert, shy, and I never speak up, get nervous every time to stand up, and speak on the stage. In school also, I was never into dramatics and debate, but today I am a completely changed person. At times, we have to do scenes where there are 300-400 people around have come a long way, and with me, I could never think of what I am today.
If I decide to do something, I do at my best, and I achieve it. I have worked hard to where I am today, so hard work pays off. I am proud that I did everything on my own and nothing was served to me on a platter. Well, I never looked back and kept pursuing my dreams one after the other.
7. What have you learnt about yourself since you became a celebrity?
Well, first of all, I do not consider myself a celebrity, but I feel that the unconditional love that I have received from my fans not only in India but across the world has been amazing. I think only about what I am because of my fans’ appreciation and love. The full credit goes to my fans.
8. What kind of role do you feel most comfortable playing?
They feel comfortable playing strong characters, and many people have asked me how you can afford to perform with such ease. Yes, that’s all; I love playing strong characters.
9. Which character played by you is closer to your heart?
Two characters were there that’s close to my heart; one is my first show from Start Plus, Tere Mere Sapne. It was an evil character called Kamya Oberoi, and now also people come to me and tell me about the character. Also, I was only playing negative roles, and I was expecting someone to offer a positive role.
And then I was a part of a film, Dabur Vatika Brave and Beautiful. I am sure you have seen the bald girl, that’s me, and the film was all about all resuming her life post-chemotherapy. I have received a lot of appreciation after playing that character after playing only the vamp role in the television shows.
It was such a beautiful film, and people loved me in that character. I have tears in the eyes every time I watch the film. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it. I have got a lot of calls from the school and college friends after its release.
The film is available on YouTube, and it received all ad awards that here and it went viral on the internet. I wanted to thank Dabur and the casting team that I got to play this role.
10. What challenges/obstacles did you face in your journey so far?
Many challenges were there, which I need to face in my journey. Nobody from my family is from the industry; they were in the engineering field, army background, etc. Also, I came from a simple family, and today’s generation is quite different.
In today’s time, you have social media and a lot of other opportunities, but we didn’t have all of it. Yes, it was difficult to finding contacts, getting in touch with coordinators, agents, etc. Initially, I was staying in rented apartments, and we needed to travel to Bandra to give ad auditions.
We need to wait for hours for our turn, and around 200 to 300 participants used to come. In my first year, I gave at least 300 auditions, and still could not get through most of the ad auditions. I used to keep getting shortlisted but never got to shoot it. It was disappointing, but thankfully I always had a supportive family.
They were always with me and also moved with me to Mumbai. When you have such a supportive family, you can do everything. Yes, I also came across a lot of casting couch issues, but I overcame all my obstacles, and it’s been a good journey.
11. Who supported you to come into this field?
My mom supports me till date, she is open-minded, and she is always there supporting me in my decisions. I belong to a family of Jats, and my family is conservative. Even though my entire family supports me, but my mother is more encouraging towards me, and gives me feedback.
12. What projects are you currently working on?
I was about to do Kausuati Zindagi Ki 2 for Star Plus, but the show got shut. I was happier when I got this offer from Ekta Mam. I have also signed a web series for Zee 5, but unfortunately, they were testing actors to know if anyone is affected with Covid-19, and I turned out to be positive, even though I didn’t have a fever or any other issues.
While maintaining the quarantine period and all, I lost the web series. Therefore, fingers crossed, hopefully, you will soon see me in something new.
13. Who is your celebrity crush?
My celebrity crush is Randeep Hooda.
14. What is one message you would give to your fans?
I wanted to thank my fans who have supported me and have been there with me for the past ten years. I am here because of all their support, and they should always believe in hard work and be strong.
Life will always take you through challenges, but after every bad phase, there will always be good days. I wanted to say that even though times are difficult, but it is going to pass and love your family. Also, be a good human being as this is one thing that we are really missing at present.
15. What are your future plans?
I am hoping to step into web series as when I see so many good contents I feel like being a part of it. Apart from that, a few fitness goals are there that I want to achieve. Most importantly, I want to become a better version of myself and help as many people as I could.
16. What is your personal favorite performance?
My favorite performance is Dabur Vatika Brave and Beautiful.
17. If you weren’t an actor, what would you have been?
If I weren’t an actor, probably I had been a part of the fashion industry or a wildlife enthusiast.
18. Do you have one wonderful or humorous memory from your career that you can share?
Yes, there are so many memories that keep happening at the set. But one memory that recently happened from the show Divya Drishti that comes on Star Plus. One day there was a shoot with a Pandit Ji, and he needs to say a lot of lines but in a natural way.
But as soon as he started nobody could stop their laughter, including the director. Even after the cut, the pandit Ji was on with his lines, and none of us could stop laughing.
19. Is there a role you have not played but would like to someday?
Definitely, I would like to play a strong corporate character or a cop or anything related to the Army.
20. Which of your roles were the most challenging for you to capture?
The challenging role that I played from a TV show that used to come on Zee TV was Ek Tha Raja, Ek Tha Rani.
The character name was Kokila, and it was based on the pre-independence era. Kokila was loud, uneducated, vicious, and manipulative. I needed to wear a heavy saree and jewelry all the time, with bright makeup.
I also had to do conspiracies, and initially, the shoot took place in Bikaner. We were shooting outdoor in the peak of summers, and the temperature was 50°C.
We had a huge party sequence that day and were almost burnt that day. Even though we had a supportive unit, but yeah, it was challenging.
Well, it was indeed nice to speak to our beautiful and lovely actress Parull Chaudry. We will love to see her on a show soon and all of us are eagerly waiting for that!