Hero-Gayab Mode On, has been shooting for the show in Vadodara for the last few days. Talking to us, Yesha, who has been a part of the shows
Jeet Gayi Toh Piya Morey and
Muskaan in the past, shares, “After shootings in Mumbai had to be stalled, we moved to Vadodara for the shoot and I have been here for about two weeks. These are difficult times and since I hail from Rajkot, I am glad to be shooting in Gujarat. While I know that Rajkot is quite far from Vadodara, shooting here still makes me feel closer to home-
ek sukoon milti hai. I somehow feel protected here.” Excerpts from a chat:
‘We are in a strict bio-bubble and I feel secure while shooting’
Shooting now is a completely different experience and we are strictly following all safety guidelines. We have created a strict bio-bubble at the hotel and we have been shooting in the hotel premises, which makes me feel secure. We aren’t going out for anything and although one of my best friends from my college days stays here, I can’t meet her due to the prevailing situation. However, there are days when she sends home-cooked food for me. The show’s makers are taking great care of us and there’s a cook also for us, so food isn’t an issue at all. I love
dhokla because it’s my comfort food and whenever I crave for it, I ask the hotel chef to prepare it for me. This has been a difficult phase for the TV industry but I believe that we will emerge stronger from this crisis. I also feel blessed to be working right now.
‘It’s difficult to be away from the family and each day is an emotional battle’
The second wave of the COVID-19 virus has been devastating and every day, you get to hear about disturbing news. All of us have lost loved ones during this pandemic and during such times, it’s very difficult to stay away from the family. It makes you feel vulnerable and you can’t run away from reality. Mental health is a big concern right now. In fact, each day feels like an emotional battle but once the camera starts rolling, I forget everything and give it my best shot. In a way, it keeps me sane and as actors, if we can bring a smile on the faces of people with our work, then it’s a good feeling. I feel happy with the way my character (Zara) has progressed in the show. What I really look forward to are the daily video calls with my family-be it my parents, sister or aunt. In fact, talking to my loved ones over video calls is my protein shake amid the pandemic! Ever since I moved out of Rajkot in 2011 and moved to Pune for my studies, there’s this ritual that my dad and I have followed every single day. At 10.30 pm every night, we speak to each other over a video call and both of us eagerly look forward to it.
‘The pandemic has taught me to be grateful for what I have’
Life is really unpredictable and it keeps surprising you. So, I have never believed in making long-term plans. I had never planned to become an actress and it happened purely by chance. The pandemic has taught all of us to be grateful for what we have and count each day as a blessing. I believe in taking it one day at a time.
‘When things get better, I want to be a part of Vadodara’s Navratri celebrations’
After things get better, I really want to experience the magic of Vadodara’s Navratri celebrations because I have heard a lot about the city’ authentic garbas and amazing singers like Atul Purohit. Navratri is my favourite festival and I have loved playing garba ever since I was just three years old! I am also a big fan of shopping for ethnic stuff and had the situation been normal, I would have loved to do that here.
‘I really want to do a Gujarati project’
I love my mother tongue and so, I really want to do a Gujarati project-the medium doesn’t really matter. I also love to listen to Gujarati songs daily and
Vhalam Aavo Ne (from the film
Love Ni Bhavai) is among my favourites.