“Ekta ma’am, is the master mind of television”, says Krystle D’Souza

Her wondrous performance is the real reason behind the burgeoning TRPs of Zee TV’s popularBrahmarakshas. No words are enough to extol her prowess as an actor. Krystle D’Souza talks to Dhrithi Sudhakar Gulvadi about Brahmarakshas, her varied opinion about supernatural shows and more…

What motivated you to do Brahmarakshas?

It’s very different from the regular show. I have done the regular shows. I have played the beti, thebahoo and the behen. I thought that it was time to do something different. I really wanted to work very differently. It’s easy to do the same thing over and over again. My fans are really nice and they’ll still watch if I am doing the same character all over again. I wanted to give them something different and I wanted to give myself something different. It’s always good to learn something new.

Having earned stardom at an early stage of your career, do you think that Brahmarakshas is certainly the right kind of show that you ever wanted to do?

First of all, I don’t really believe that people think that I am a good actor or a bad actor. I just feel that the show works or the show doesn’t work. I have seen number one shows with the actors being really bad. It’s just the number game. For me, it was a passion that I wanted to do something different. My concern as an actor was to do something different, to give my fans and my audience something different that they haven’t seen me do before.

The role is extremely challenging and currently I have lost my voice by doing this show because of the screaming but I love doing it. This is my passion. Of course, today if anyone asks ‘why Brahmarakshas?’ or ‘why would you do something like Brahmarakshas?’ Or ‘why do the supernatural genre?’, then I just tell them that we are rated number 2 on Indian television, so that’s an achievement in itself. I don’t need to say much. The entire nation is watching. So, why not do what they like to watch? My audiences are people that are actually watching Naagin and are actually watching Brahmarakshas.

Popular faces are the reason for the TRPs to accelerate than the content of the show. Comment.

Number one has been the content always because audiences’ are not foolish anymore, if they don’t like a show in the first 10 minutes, then they are going to switch the channel, regardless of any actor it has. It’s the character which is always above the actor and TV because you become a “dinner table” part of their life; while you are eating your every meal they are watching you. They are watching your character; they are not getting attached to Krystle. They are getting attached to Raina (character name), Sakshi (character name) or Jeevika (character name). Of course, it’s always great that you are a popular actor and a popular face, but the content is way above the actor.

If a sequel of Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai had to happen then would you look forward to do the same?

I would love to do Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai 2. Being very honest, everything was correct in that show, the casting was correct, entire team was correct, channel etc. it just worked very well for the four of us. I would love to do it again, but I think I would want my same behna and I would want my same husband (chuckles). The show’s essence was in us. Our real life bond actually transferred on the screen because we were really so attached to each other.

Owing to the influx of supernatural shows (majorly about the snake to human transformation daily soaps), do you think that every show is trying to ape one another?

Everybody is trying to ape Ekta Kapoor (laughs) because she is the mastermind, it’s true. Whatever she makes people always try to copy it; be it saas bahu show people copy it or a naagin show people copy it. They are not trying to ape anything but her (laughs). Honestly, I think TV has its generations. There was a generation where Rajasthani shows were working and every show became like one and then there was a generation where after Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai a lot of behenein shows came out back to back. One can just understand what the audiences liking is and every company wants to give the audience what they like. But one person had to take that plunge and of course Ekta ma’am, is the master mind of television, be it Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi or any show for that matter, she has always been a mastermind and creating something on it, hence people follow.

Should this be a good phase for the Indian television?

According to the ratings, I think yes it is. People are enjoying what they are watching. I mean how much will you watch a bahu standing and crying and a saas shouting at her or a vamp trying to ruin the household? I think it’s a great change. It’s a fantastic change that even the actors are getting to do something different and even the audiences are getting to watch make believe stuff ; even that is entertainment. I mean, if you want to see drama then everyone has so much drama in their own families, just sit in your living room and you’ll find drama but switch on your TV for that.

Here, we show people something different that is nice to watch, something that is unbelievable at times. These are the things that you dream about or have nightmares about (chuckles) but if you can see that on TV then it’s great. Saas bahu drama- I love it and it’s not that I haven’t done it all this while. It’s the easiest to do. Play the bahu and just stand and cry in the corner and then suddenly give a five page lecture and cry again (chuckles). It’s damn easy, but this is difficult and this is so much more fun and challenging as an actor.

As many festivals are arriving at the forefront, how do you perceive these festivals belonging to different ethnicities?

Before being a Catholic I think I have always been an Indian. For me, Diwali, Holi, Eid, Ganpati Chaturthi every festival is equally important as Christmas. I celebrate everything. I have an elder brother and I used to tie him Rakhi every year. He shifted to Canada a few years ago and since then I have not been able to tie him Rakhi. I remember every Rakshabandhan I used to tie Manvi (character played by actor Nia Sharma in Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai) a Rakhi and she used to tie me a Rakhi. I think that was damn sweet and it was very genuine for us to actually go and buy a Rakhi and tie it to each other. I truly missed that during this Rakshabandhan but I don’t think that being a catholic or anything makes any difference, because more than anything we are born and brought up in India. Every festival is important. I have never seen Indians celebrate Christmas. It’s just the Christmas tree in my house and some sweets that my mother makes. If you go to London, everything is lit up and people are all dressed up on the roads but nothing like that happens here. For me, I am more connected to Holi or Diwali than to Christmas. I am an Indian first, the cast and religion comes later