Jennifer Winget is a fighter. And a winner. While her performance in her latest show has garnered a lot of appreciation, she has weathered many a storm in her personal life, with grace and dignity. Experiences can be good or bad, but what matters is learning from them and moving on, she says. In a freewheeling chat with BT, the actress talks about her latest outing, her much-publicised divorce from Karan Singh Grover and how the experience taught her so much about herself. Excerpts.
She started her career at the age of 12 as a child artiste in the film Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya, and then appeared as a child artiste in the Indian film Kuch Naa Kaho at the age of 14.
Later as an adult she went on to work in various different Indian TV shows.
She won the Indian Television Academy Awards for Best Actress Critics for her role in Saraswatichandra. Eastern Eye placed her at 21st position on its list of World’s Sexiest Asian Women for 2012. Jennifer is working in the Sony Entertainment Television romantic thriller Beyhadh.
Talking about her failed marriage, she says, “Failed is too harsh a term to refer to something you gave your best to, and tried hard at. It has not left me disillusioned. We should never close our doors on love. Why should it be restricted to a companion? There is no lack of love in my life. In fact, I have never been this happy and loved. I am in love all the time. Talking about marriage, it is a beautiful institution and it’s amazing if two people want to be together. However, the decision has to be mutual; it’s team work.”
Along with your new show, you have also been in the news because of your failed marriage with Karan Singh Grover. Has divorce made you disillusioned about love and marriage?
Failed is too harsh a term to refer to something your gave your best to, and tried hard at. It has not left me disillusioned. We should never close our doors on love. Why should it be restricted to a companion? There is no lack of love in my life. In fact, I have never been this happy and loved. I am in love all the time… Talking about marriage, it is a beautiful institution and it’s amazing if two people want to be together. However, the decision has to be mutual; it’s a team work.
She further added that, “When you love someone immensely, you want the best for them and forgive their mistakes. Part of wanting what’s best for them is accepting that your paths are no longer intertwined and coming to terms with the truth that sometimes, loving some one means letting them go. It’s sad when any relationship, not just marriage, doesn’t have a fruitful ending. I had lived with him for so long, so it obviously took me a while to deal with the situation. I experienced a gamut of emotions, but I was surprised to realize that I had the strength to come out of it.Also, I had a lovely support system in my family and friends. Today , all of us are in a happy space.”
Jennifer, however, holds no grudge against her ex-husband, “There is no grudge at all. We are all human beings, and no one is perfect. How I learn if I don’t make mistakes? I will tell my future children also to make as many mistakes as they can because that’s how they will learn. There is no ideal man, woman or relationship. Life is full of ups and downs. I have absolutely no bad memory of the marriage even though it has ended. In fact, I am thankful to Karan for an experience that taught me so much about myself. It has made me realize my strength, who my true friends are and how awesome my family is. I would have been a different person if this marriage and divorce hadn’t happened.I also got so much love from his parents.I regret nothing and feel blessed instead.”
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