EXCLUSIVE: Erica Fernandes on KRPKAB 3, reuniting with Shaheer Sheikh, Devakshi
Indian daily soaps have for the longest time been about overdramatic saas-bahu sagas, endless marriages, and nonsensical and sometimes illogical plots. Like a breath of fresh air, Erica Fernandes and Shaheer Sheikh starrer Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi highlighted modern-day relationships and conflicts in a more realistic setting, leading to its colossal success, online.
Given their success, Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi returned with Season 3 this week and has yet again highlighted the strains experienced in a relationship of many years. Erica Fernandes returns as Sonakshi, her debut character, but this time more mature. In an exclusive chat with Bollywood Bubble, Erica answers what is it like to return to her home turf, reprising Sonakshi and the pressure of living up to the expectations. She also opened up on her chemistry with Shaheer Sheikh and reuniting with the old cast.
Does it feel like a homecoming, reprising your role as Sonakshi.. returning to the home turf in ways?
It definitely is a homecoming for me to return to the Kuch Rang franchise and don the role of Sonakshi all over again! From the first season to now, my love for this show and my character has only grown stronger and so has my loyalty towards KRPKAB. When I was asked whether I would like to come back for a season 3, there was no thinking twice for me as the amount of love and appreciation this show has given me is immense, so I knew I just had to be a part of it once again.
In the last few years, you have always evolved as an actor, is there anything you would want to change about playing Sonakshi?
The new season will definitely see Sonakshi in a different light as the story unfolds, though keeping intact her original qualities, so there is honestly nothing I would really like to change about the character.
A quality in Sonakshi that resonates with Erica the most?
There are a lot of Sonakshi’s qualities that resonate with me. Her ability to speak her mind and speak for what she feels is right, her selflessness which always comes into place when it’s about her family and loved ones, and her caring, loving, and honest personality define her the most.
Sonakshi is today’s girl, who is not afraid to put her point across… but she has evolved as a person in the last 10 years as a character as well. Do you find anything challenging right now to connect to or portray?
I always maintain that be it Sonakshi or any other role of mine, each of them has always had its own set of challenges, but challenges I have always taken in my stride to give in my all and the best I can to every role portray. Without a good challenge, without something deep and intense and something which truly helps me build my potential as an actor, there is no fun in doing what I am doing.
Sonakshi has been the more mature one in her relationship with Dev. Do you agree? As Erica, what do you think is the most important thing in any relationship?
Honestly, Dev and Sonakshi have both had their shares of ups and downs in the relationship. Speaking about my take on any relationship, I feel that mutual respect for each other is of utmost importance, and apt communication and being honest with one another is the key to any happy relationship.
How is it to reunite with Shaheer Sheikh after a long time?
Shaheer is a great co-actor and good fun to work with. Fans loving us as Dev and Sonakshi on the show is definitely an added bonus.
One quality of Devakshi that makes them a popular couple, according to you?
It’s hard to name one quality after so many years, as I think that everything about Dev and Sonakshi being together clicks correctly, hence there is so much love and appreciation for the Jodi.
Pressure to deliver given that there are a lot of expectations when it comes to you and Shaheer?
It’s not only Kuch Rang, but every show or project has the pressure to deliver. Being actors it’s important to balance out this kind of pressure and ensure enjoying ourselves while performing at the same time.
Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi 3 airs at 8:30 PM on Sony TV.