Actor Donal Bisht, after delivering hit shows like Ek Deewaana Tha and Roop – Mard Ka Naya Swaroop on which she played the lead, has taken a break from television to explore more in life. She claims after working for a long time without a breather, she felt the need to step down to try new things in life. The actor is currently seen in the second season of her web series, Tu Zakham Hai in which she falls in love with her kidnapper, played by Gashmeer Mahajani. Also read: Donal Bisht: Reality TV made me realise my standing among the audience
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Donal opened up about her break from TV but claimed that the doors of the platform are always open for her. “I deliberately stopped doing TV because I was doing 4 shows back-to-back, starting from Kalash, Ek Deewana Tha, Roop to Dil To Happy Hai Ji, all with strong characters which relate to girls of these days. I was tired, rolling every single day and never got even a day of relief. Then the pandemic happened and I wanted to do a web show. Lot of projects were coming so I chose this one as I loved the story and Kavya’s part. Season 2 happened after season 1 and there are other things in pipeline as well,” she says.
Donal agrees that money is indeed big in the TV industry. “It is. Right now, every single day I get a call from all the big production houses, Balaji, Rashmi Sharma. She asked me why wasn’t I doing TV and asked me to come back. I said just give me some time to explore myself. She said, ‘please come back’. They keep calling me for every single project which they are doing but I am taking a break to explore a bit. Itni si to life hai, pura time TV karti rahungi (life is small, if I will do TV all my life) to how will I explore the other stuff which I actually want to do in my life. You will see me more and more in the OTT space.”
On being asked if she would be ready to accept a lead role in a big show, Donal adds, “I have got all the offers for big shows. But I am open and really happy that people still love me and are ready to welcome me with open arms whenever I come.”
Donal says her new MXPlayer show has got a positive response from the audience and claims it stands out from other similar shows on the OTT space. “I keep seeing many shows and these days, everyone wants to make great content as compared to TV. The shows I am seeing, I think we have made a good show as far as Indian audience and Indian cinema is concerned. It has lots of thrill, emotional ups and downs and whosoever have seen it has told me that they binged watched it. This is the storytelling Tu Zakham Hai has. They are asking for another season,” she says.
Donal plays a psychologist and a hostage of Viraj (Gashmeer) in Tu Zakham Hai. She liked playing a strong headed girl who can strongly see her emotions. “This girl has entered with a mission to save her father. Since she is a psychologist, she sees there are lot of problems in his family. Her psychological instinct kicks in and she wants to help him out. She wants to help herself and also help the captor, for her he is a patient. She is emotionally evolved and empathetic towards people. The whole journey of her falling in love with her captor has lots of vulnerable and strong moments in her life which people can relate,” she says.
Donal’s last small screen outing was Bigg Boss 15. She was one of the contestants but was ousted from the show within 18 days. Ask her is it because she isn’t made for reality shows, and pats comes the answer, “Not (made for reality show) at all. I am good at acting in front of camera. In real life, I cannot act. I love entertaining people with my characters. Acting in reality is not my forte. I am glad people loved me during that short time.”
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