Shweta Tiwari is a name to reckon with on Indian Television. The actress has been working on Television for close to two decades and is best remembered as Prerna in Kasautii Zindagii Kay. Soon, she will be seen in web series Hum Tum And Them where Shweta will be seen in a rather modern avatar and will also be seen sharing an onscreen kiss for the first time in her career. In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Shweta opened up on her reaction after seeing the kiss and how it was daughter Palak Tiwari who made her feel okay about it.
Shweta shared, “Well, yes, I was very scared. When the promo went live, I got so scared. I called the creative and told them ‘what is this? I don’t like the trailer. I don’t know how to show it to my mother, my friends and family. Then I sent that trailer to my daughter and asked her to give her honest opinion and she said ‘wow, mom it is very good and amazing.’ That’s when I called the creative again and said that I was sorry for shouting and fighting with them but the trailer looks good. And then I shared it too. Probably Ekta Kapoor must have got to know about that, and that’s why she left a comment on it.
t is not often that we come across a face on our small screens with whom we start resonating. But when we had first seen Shweta Tiwari portraying the role of ‘Prerna’ in Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2001), we somehow felt her pain and laughed with her in her happy moments. While the show had gotten over, she was still celebrated as the most favourite actress of all time on television. She became India’s ‘favourite bahu’ and we have all applauded her courage over the years (both professionally and personally)
In Ekta Kapoor’s web series, Hum Tum And Them, Shweta will be portraying a modern avatar. Recently, in an interview with Pinkvilla, the actress shared her initial reaction on seeing the kiss in the promo. She revealed that she got scared when the promo went live. She had even called the creative and yelled at them for making such a promo because she wasn’t sure how she will show it to her friends and family. Later, she had sent it to her daughter, Palak Tiwari and asked her to give her opinion on it. And to her surprise, Palak loved it and called it amazing, giving her a sigh of relief. Shweta also shared that she had later apologised to the creative team for reacting in such a way and fighting with them.
We all know, Shweta shares a beautiful bond with her daughter, Palak (from her first marriage with Raja Chaudhary). In an interview with The Times of India, she had shared that Palak is a far better actress than her. She had also stated that her daughter doesn’t want to be like her or has an aspiration of being compared to her. She was quoted as saying, “No, she doesn’t feel that way at all. Because she feels her acting, her spirit is very different from me. I am a desh ki bahu, she doesn’t want to be a bahu. She didn’t want to do anything which is very close to my work. She is much better at acting than me. I am not saying because she is my daughter.”
For those who don’t know, Shweta has witnessed domestic violence in her second marriage as well. According to the reports, she had filed a case at Samta Nagar Police Station in Mumbai against Abhinav. And he was immediately taken into police custody for 2 days. He was accused of using inappropriate language to his step-daughter, Palak. And while the gossipmongers were speculating on what went wrong in the actress’ life ‘again’, her daughter, Palak had talked about the same in an open letter on social media.
Palak had cleared the air with an open letter that could be read as “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who’s reached out to express their concern and support. Secondly, I would like to address and clarify a few things out of my own rectitude: The media does not have the facts and they never will. I, Palak Tiwari, was on multiple occasions a victim of domestic abuse NOT my mother, except for the day that the complaint was filed he hadn’t hit my mother. As a reader of the news, it’s often easy to forget that you do not know the truth of what goes on behind closed doors or how much fortitude my mother has shown in both her marriages. This is someone’s household you’re writing about, someone’s life you’re discussing. Many of you, fortunately, haven’t ever dealt with something of such heinous proportions, and hence you have no right to comment, discuss or paint someone else’s image through your biased, misinformed views.”
In a 2013 interview with India Today, Shweta had revealed the reason behind her strong connection with Palak. She had stated, “I think whatever has been happening in my life, after that the bonding between my daughter and me has become stronger. She was with me through all the troubles and difficulties. We don’t have time for Mother’s Day. My daughter always tries to make me feel special…She writes letters and makes cards. She writes things, which I don’t know she wants to say. Many times if she has done something wrong, she confesses in these letters… She sticks them in the entire house and when I come back, I read them.”
Shweta also added that it is an exciting time for actors today with a variety of roles available. She is currently also a part of Mere Dad Ki Dulhan where she plays Guneet, a girl next door who is street smart. About playing diverse characters, Shweta said that she doesn’t resonate with either of the two but feels happy that she can pull off both roles. “In Hum Tum And Them, my character is more complex and today’s age while Guneet in Mere Dad Ki Dulhan is a street smart, happy girl who knows her way through things,” Shweta added.