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Top 5 Sweethearts of Indian Television - Deepika @ no. 5

Post by archie_79 on 2013-05-27, 00:35

Top 5 Sweethearts of Indian Television

Indian television is dominated by daily soap operas with stories
revolving around the lives of the typical, overdramatized Indian families.
While Hindi TV serials have been often criticized for degenerating and showing
women in a very regressive light, there is no second doubt that the lead female
protagonists of the dramas are well-loved by the Indian audience, nationwide!
Almost a decade ago, we had the likes of Smrita Irani, Sakshi
, Shweta Tiwari andMona Singh ruiling
the charts of Indian TV. While Sakshi is still one of the most popular
actresses of Indian television today with her role as Priya in
Bade Ache Lagte Hain“, Smriti has taken on politics. Shweta Tiwari and
Mona Singh are still doing popular shows but their popularity is not a rage
like it was during their hay days. Having said that, all 5 are fantastic
actresses and have definitely inspired a much younger lot to slowly but surely
take over!

So let’s take a look
at our pick of top 5 television actresses who have
established themselves as some of the most lovable sweethearts of Indian
television today:

#5. Deepika Singh – Diya Aur Baati Hum

Deepika Singh is a Punjabi, and she made her debut with the show, “Diya
Aur Baati Hum
”. She completed a MBA in Marketing at Punjab Technical
University before taking a chance with acting.

Claim To Fame: As Sandhya in
“Diya Aur Baati Hum”. “Diya Aur Baati Hum” is an immensely popular TV serial
that airs on Star Plus. The show’s female protagonist, Sandhya, played by
Deepika Singh, is a resilient girl who values education but respects the
traditions and customs of her in-laws’ place as well, and tries her best to
learn how to be the “perfect beengni(daughter- in- law)”. The
popularity of the show Diya Aur Baati Hum has certainly contributed to Deepika
Singh’s fame and her much deserved awards.

What we like: It’s a show that
explores the impact of traditions and culture on women. The show depicts how
Sandhya Rathi, a woman who values education, deals with the problems she faces
at her in-laws. Sandhya is very resilient. I love how she is able to overcome
adversities, and she represents a changing perception of Indian woman from
rural areas. And Deepika Singh does a fabulous job out of it.

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#4. Hina Khan – Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

Hina Khan was born in Srinagar, India, and did her MBA at CCA School of
Management, Gurgaon.She had casually gone with her friend for the auditions for
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” one day. Unexpectedly, she got a call from
the producer the very next day and she was selected for the main role of

Claim To Fame: As Akshara in
“Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai”, one of the most popular soap operas on Star Plus
that has been running since January 2009 and completed its 1000th episode in
October 2012. The show revolves around a Rajasthani couple, Naitik (Karan
) and Akshara (Hina Khan), and how they manage their lives while
keeping their love intact. “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata” has one of the highest TRP
rates with viewers from all over the world, and it has bagged numerous awards.

What we like:
It is a very “happy” show, one that simply puts a smile on your face- no
kidding here. It’s one of those shows that does not have eyebrow raising vamps
plotting to separate the lead couple nor a scheming Saansuma wanting
to get her daughter-in-law in trouble! It is a very simple family drama that
depicts the typical problems that members of a family or a couple could
possibly face. (Although at times, the issues can get a little unrealistic…)
Hina Khan’s charming and sweet demeanour as Akshara makes her one of the most
favourite bahus of Indian television. Her undying and all-giving love for both
her own and husband’s families makes her look admirable. Oh and did I mention,
I really liked the baby version of Akshara’s son – Naksh…. Isn’t
he just adorable?

#3. Drashti Dhami – Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon

Drashti is a Gujarati born in Mumbai, and she did numerous television
advertisements before debuting in a TV show, “Dill Mill Gayye“.
Following that she was seen as Geet in “Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi“, where
she gained much fame. She is currently acting as Madhubala in “Madhubala, Ek
Ishq, Ek Junoon
“, and she will be seen in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season
, that will air on Colours TV on 1st June 2013.

Claim to fame – Geet Hui Sabse
Parayi was Drashti’s claim to fame but she is absolutely loved as Madhu in “Madhubala,
Ek Ishq, Ek Junoon”. “Madhubala, Ek Ishq, Ek Junoon” is no doubt, one of
the most popular shows that airs on Colours TV. A baby girl is born on the
lavish sets of a Hindi film to a Junior Artiste and is named after the legendary
actress Madhubala. She grows up in the film industry but aspires to
lead a simple life, showing no aspirations to become an actor. Her simple world
somehow however gets entangled in the life of superstar RK (Rishabh Kundra played
by Vivian D’Sena), and her life completely changes.

What we like:
The show’s concept was something which completely enthralled us at first. It
was novel , different, original and came as a breath of fresh air from the
usual conventional saas-bahu serials. The chemistry between Madhu and RK is
magical and as fans, we keep rooting that they do not get separated. However
along the way, RK’s character has been crafted to become a little too
overprotective of Madhu and this current track is something which we are not
able to fathom lately. Madhu’s understanding and compromising nature in trying
to make her marriage work with RK makes her instantly lovable. She is gorgeous
and bubbly and is easily able to win the hearts of the audience. The name
“Madhubala” in itself is a heavy burden to carry as one would often associate
the name with yesteryear’s beauty queen Madhubala who was beautiful, graceful,
strong and demure. While it’s unfair to draw comparisons, we feel it’s almost
as if the character “Madhubala” was written with Drashti in mind! Check out her
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Promo:

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#2. Jennifer Winget – Saraswatichandra

Jennifer Winget was born in Mumbai to a Marathi-Christian father and a
Punjabi mother. She did adegree in commerce from KJ Somaiya College in Mumbai,
and currently she is married to popular TV actor to Karan Singh Grover.

Claim to fame: While Dill
Mill Gayye
was Jennifer’s big break, her current show
“Saraswatichandra” has garnered her rave reviews. Produced by renowned film
directorSanjay Leela Bhansali, Saraswatichandra is one of the popular
shows that air on Star Plus. It is based on the famous Gujarati novel by
Govardhanram Tripathi. Gautam Rode (who plays Saras) and
Jennifer Winget (who plays Kumud), are the protagonists of the show, and the
show depicts how they both fall in love with each other. It is a poignant love
story of two soul mates who are denied the joy of becoming one by destiny and

What we like:
Well, to be honest –Saraswatichandra is not your ordinary TV soap opera to
begin with. Produced by SLB, launched by actress Rani Mukherji, the show
started off with a bang with expensive brocade woven, lavish classy sets which
were a welcome respite from the gaudy colours that serials nowadays throw
around. This larger-than-life look was coupled with a beautiful story line. It
definitely started off slow but the show picked up in the past few months and
has a very Bhansali-feel to it. The only thing we are hope is that the SLB
alters the clichéd script a bit to suit the modern audience. If you want to
read the full story of Saraswatichandra, you can read it here. Now coming
back to Jennifer, we feel that she is simply excellent. Although it
is rather traditional, Kumud is really not your typical submissive
and subservient chic. In fact, her modern outlook of life and helpful nature
adds live to the show and she should inspire many Indian women, bound by
traditions, who are afraid to voice out opinions. It’s not everyday that Sanjay
Leela Bhansali picks a new muse, especially someone who does remind us of Nandini from Hum
Dil De Chuke Sanam with Aishwarya Rai in the lead role. We think Jeniffer
is confident and beautiful as Kumud. She is able to portray the role
effectively and there could not have been a better choice than her!
Ironically, she did do a film with Ash called “Kuch Na Kaho” when she was
just a teenager! Check it out:

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#1. Sanaya Irani- Chhanchhan

Sanaya Irani is a Parsi born in Mumbai, and she received her education
in Ooty. She graduated from Sydenham College in Mumbai and is currently doing a
show called “Chhanchhan” on Sony Entertainment Television.

Claim To Fame: Sanaya was loved by
fans when she appeared in Miley Jab Hum Tum andIss
Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
. However since she’s acting in “Chhanchhan”
currently – so, let’s talk about that! “Chhanchhan” is a new show that
started airing on Sony Entertainment Television only two months back. It is
about a bubbly, modern outgoing girl played by the gorgeous Sanaya Irani, and
how she falls in love with Manav (played by Farhan Khan). The twist in the
story is Supriya Pathak Kapoor, who plays a strict mother and is
completely against Manav marrying a modern girl.

What we like:
Sanaya Irani’s practical and 21st century nature as Chhanchhan is a refreshing
change from the usual middle-class/traditional girl stories. Here is one girl –
who’s rich, beautiful, confident, intelligent and modern but still faces
problems! Why? Because she does not believe in following traditions blindly.
She questions certain procedures which the older generations blindly follow in
the name of rituals and culture. The show is a light-hearted entertainment,
with Sanaya Irani doing a fabulous job as Chhanchhan. She is a gorgeous and
talented actress, and we think that she will definitely make it big in the
industry! Here’s a picture of her and Kajol, adorable right?

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