Juhi Parmar-Aashka Goradia

Television actress Juhi Parmar (left) and Aashka Goradia on Zee TV’s weekend chat show “JuzzBaatt… Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak.” (photo provided)

MUMBAI—Zee TV’s weekend chat show “JuzzBaatt… Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak” has been giving audiences an up, close and personal look into the lives of many popular celebrities including Rohit and Ronit Roy, Adaa Khan, Divyanka Tripathi, Rakhi Sawant, Barun Sobti, Karan Patel and many others. The recent episode of the show saw television’s popular bahus and off-screen best friends, Juhi Parmar and Aashka Goradia, joining in for an interesting conversation with host Rajeev Khandelwal.

These two television actresses not only spoke about the many ‘Sangeen’ (serious) and Namkeen (spicy) moments from their lives but also about their friendship and camaraderie and how they always fell back on each other whenever stuck in life.

Their friendship goes back some 12 years, and their bond has fostered and become stronger with each passing year. Now, they are completely inseparable. During the course of the conversation, Khandelwal asked Parmar at what point did she realize that she wanted to end her marriage. Parmar replied, “I knew Sachin before our marriage, but there was no courtship period as such. He expressed his feelings, and we got married immediately after that. I was not fully convinced personally, but his love was the biggest driving force. I thought that I will fall in love with him, but I still don’t know if I can label it as a love marriage.”

She added, “After few years of marriage, our relationship hit rock-bottom. It was difficult for me to accept that it’s not working out and I was just struggling to keep it going. Finally, I decided that it was best for both of us to separate and Aashka helped me and stood by my side.”

Goradia, however, took the opportunity to reveal that she was not very convinced with her friend’s decision since she is close to both her husband and her. She said, “Sachin is one of my oldest friends. So when she broke the news about their divorce, I was shocked. But, now when I see Samaira, who I consider as my godchild, I feel that she made the right decision.” Parmar also mentioned that she is emotionally dependent on Goradia.

She said, “Aashka is a very loyal friend and has supported me through thick and thin. I am extremely dependent on her. Moreover, she is Samaira’s godmother and loves her dearly. With Sachin, I have always seen to it that his bond with Samaira is never compromised. As a couple, we may have separated but not as parents.”

And that’s not all. Their chemistry and camaraderie apart, they shared some great moments with Samaira. Fitness buff Goradia also shared her passion for Yoga.

During the episode, the two actresses opened up about their journeys in the industry and spoke about the special bond they share. Having been a part of a number of reality shows in the past, both had an interesting take on them and revealed some shocking facts from their personal experiences.

Goradia said, “My sexuality was portrayed in a wrong way on a reality show through editing tricks, and it was extremely embarrassing for me and my parents. In reality, I was just applying aloe gel on a sick fellow inmate after she had broken into an allergic reaction. I was doing so by putting my hand inside her blanket so as to not embarrass her about her rash on national television and they made it look like something else was going on.”

She recalled, “At that point, I was inside the house as per the show’s format and couldn’t defend myself. When my mother visited me, she told me about how I was being depicted in the media and how everyone had started questioning my sexuality. But, the show’s host, my friends, and the entire media fraternity came out in my support and tried their best to salvage the situation. And, today on the stage of “JuzzBaatt,” I want to take this opportunity to let the whole world know that I am happily married to a very handsome man."

Parmar said, “The show that I did was for couples, and I had participated with my ex-husband Sachin. The footage was edited in a completely shocking manner almost as if to change the entire meaning of what was actually happening. There were situations where I was interacting with a crew member, but his face was morphed with my husband’s and made it seem like I was having a conversation with him instead!”

She added, “Moreover, time-zones were portrayed inappropriately, whatever happened in the morning was shown in the evening and this would give out a wrong message. I was shown in a negative light to break my otherwise holier-than-thou bahu image, while Sachin was portrayed as a ‘bechara.’ I was shocked when I came to know that they made me look like a vamp on-screen. It was not a pleasant experience at all.”

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