‘I was over­whelmed with the re­sponse’

Jen­nifer Winget talks about her hit TV show and why it worked

HT Cafe - - Entertainment - Kavita Awaasthi n kavita.awaasthi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Istill can’t be­lieve that Bey­hadh has ended,” says Jen­nifer Winget, who played the role of Maya in the pop­u­lar TV show. The show was a “huge ex­per­i­ment” for her and was a “ca­reer high” as well. The au­di­ences “loved” her char­ac­ter and “hated” it at the same time. “I am so glad the ex­per­i­ment worked, not just for me but for ev­ery­one involved in the project. Ad­di­tion­ally, it felt amaz­ing to be bad on screen (laughs). But Maya was not the typ­i­cal neg­a­tive char­ac­ter. She had rea­sons and jus­ti­fi­ca­tions for what she was do­ing, and if you look at things from her point of view they will seem right. She loves a guy and wants him love only her. All her emo­tions were ex­treme and she wasn’t self-sac­ri­fic­ing at all. I had to be­lieve in each emo­tion that my char­ac­ter would show and act with con­vic­tion, which is what the au­di­ence loved.”

The Dill Mill Gayye ac­tor’s style quo­tient too was at an all­time high dur­ing the show. She is hum­bled that so many of her co-stars put up posts on so­cial net­work­ing sites ad­mir­ing her tal­ent and show. “This was un­usual and I am so thank­ful

I am so glad the ex­per­i­ment worked, not just for me but for ev­ery­one involved in the project. JEN­NIFER WINGET, AC­TOR

to ev­ery­one who put up posts. I was over­whelmed with the re­sponse and the show ap­pealed to so many peo­ple of var­ied ages. It felt amaz­ing.”

Talk­ing about her style and look, the ac­tor cred­its her team for the fi­nal prod­uct. “We all worked hard on the show and wanted the best. Every depart­ment in­clud­ing the styling, writ­ing, di­rec­tion, and back­ground etc., en­sured that we made a good prod­uct. I thank them for giv­ing me the lib­erty to give in­puts and then im­ple­ment­ing them. When ev­ery­one around you is pas­sion­ate, in­clud­ing the fans, you don’t have a choice (but be pas­sion­ate too). The fans no­ticed ev­ery­thing about my out­fits and style. When your work is be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated, you have to de­liver.”

The show was sup­posed to end in Au­gust but got an ex­ten­sion, which thrilled the fans and the ac­tors too. Jen­nifer, too, felt mixed emo­tions as “the story had reached the end­ing”. “I didn’t want the show to end but I didn’t want it to drag un­nec­es­sar­ily too. But when the show got an ex­ten­sion, I was happy be­cause I didn’t want to leave Maya.”

Jen­nifer is al­ready work­ing on a new show and prom­ises to be “back on TV soon”. “God’s been kind and I am happy to be work­ing back-to-back. I love work­ing be­cause it is a form of en­joy­ment for me. I also went on a va­ca­tion re­cently.”

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