Pooja Kava is a part of Prateek Sharma’s ( Studio LSD) new TV drama, Pyaar Ka Pehla Naam Radha Mohan. She plays the role of Ketki in it. The actor says that the name of the show is quite unique and the narrative is interesting.
“I wanted to do the show because of the name and that was the first thought that came to mind because I’m very fond of Radha-Krishna stories and follow Krishna’s teachings in my daily life. It motivates and inspires me a lot! I’m pretty sure Krishna Ji has already blessed this show,” she says.
Talking more about the narrative, she adds, “These days TV shows are based on complete family dramas like saas-bahu nok jhoks and love triangles. This show has a name that would probably make people think that this is a devotional show. But, when they watch it they’ll find out that this too is a drama and all the nok jhoks, pyaar aur takrar here could be related to the relationship between Radha Ji and Krishna Ji, and their selfless love for each other. I would not like to give away much right now.”
Pooja as Ketki is Mohan’s (played by Shabir Ahluwalia) sister. “The character has grey shades. Ketki is Ketu in the family. She’s married to a guy she fell in love with when she was 18-19 years old and has made him a ghar jamai and she wants all the control over her paternal home,” she shares.
The backdrop of the show is Vrindavan which has a beautiful history. “Vrindavan is a beautiful place! You just feel so positive entering the set every day. I feel blessed that I got a chance to go to Vrindavan, also we were actually shooting in Gowardhan. It’s an overwhelming feeling. The atmosphere and everything is so positive there,” adds the actor, who is also doing a show called Tera Mera Sath Rahe. She enjoys juggling two shows and feels visibility in today’s time is crucial.
These days, be it the storyline or the characters, content on TV has become relatable. Agreeing, Pooja says, “Yes of course, the storyline and the characters have to be relatable otherwise nowadays the audiences won’t get interested and would switch to international shows and web series. I’m not against it but I think after the arrival of OTT platforms people have reduced watching TV shows and I think one of the reasons that happened is that TV content went overboard, most things were not relatable.”
The actor also shares that regional connection helps popularise a show. “At the same time I feel if an actor is excellent in what he/she performs it’ll definitely have an impact and help the show do better,” she explains.
As an actor, Pooja takes every new show as a new adventure. “You find new people, make new friends on the set, the atmosphere on each set is also different, there are new challenges too… There is also an urge to make sure that the performance is reaching out to the people and they are feeling a connection with the content and performance. Every new show is therefore a new roller coaster ride for me,” she adds.