Jodha Akbar’s Paridhi Sharma: Comparisons with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have been flattering!

She is beautiful, talented and absolutely pleasant to be around. Paridhi knows how to keep her audiences hooked

Paridhi Sharma, who is currently seen as Jodha in the historical show Jodha Akbar, recently spoke about the nuances of playing a historical character and how the comparisons with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have only encouraged her.

Comparisons with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan feel nice.

Ever since I started playing Jodha, I have been getting a lot of compliments. I’m really happy and I feel blessed that people are appreciating me. I knew that people would compare me with Aishwarya (who played Jodhaa in the movie Jodhaa Akbar). I mean, from the beginning of my career, I am being compared to an iconic personality like Aishwarya; that feels really nice.

I’ve even been called Madhubala!

People have come and told me, ‘You look better than Aishwarya’. People have even compared me to Madhubala. It feels great that my hard work has finally paid off.

Lot of hard work to do a historical show.

The sets of the show are in Karjat, near Mumbai, so we have to stay there. Apart from that, I have to wear heavy jewellery and attire which is quite a task. You have to learn so much. I trained in martial arts, sword fighting and horse-riding. It’s quite different from what daily soap actors do. But at the end of the day, the show is giving you so much, so you have to make that sacrifice. In fact, it’s been really long since I have been to my hometown, Indore to meet my family. But whenever my parents get time, they come to visit me on the sets.

I’ve had my share of struggles…

Since childhood, I’ve had the passion towards art – painting and dancing. After completing my MBA from Pune, I realised that marketing was not my cup of tea. When people would ask me ‘Why marketing’, the answers I would give were not from my heart. Mujhe bahut fake interviews dene pad rahe thay. I found acting to be the best medium to portray myself. I went to Mumbai, started struggling, and meanwhile, also did a lot of theatre.

Would love to do a dance reality show!

I have had formal training in Kathak. In this form of dance, you have to showcase lots of expressions and emotions. It has helped me in my acting. If given a chance, I would love to do a dance reality show.

Family is supportive

My parents were quite supportive when I decided to enter TV. Even my husband, Tanmai Saksena is quite supportive about my career.