By Chaitanya Padukone
Popular TV star and film-actress Narayani Shastri is better known for iconic TV shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Piya Ka Ghar and Kkusum. She has been a part of the showbiz industry for over two decades now, and with every show of hers she left an enduring impact on the audience. Narayani Shastri made her small screen debut in year 2000 with “Kahani Saat Pheron Ki”, and there has been no looking back ever since. Be it Shruti or Kesar or Rimjhim, she took absolutely no time to become the audience’s favourite, and gathered unparalleled love from her fans.
She has TV shows like “Kohi Apna Sa”, “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kkusum”, “Piya Ka Ghar” to her credit, and is currently seen as Rajvee Rawal in Sonali and Amir Jaffar’s “Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha”.(Star Plus). Since her debut in the TV industry with “Kahani Saat Pheron Ki”, the actress has proven her versatility through the various roles she has played on-screen. And her current role of Rajvee, proves that she can bring to life any character that is given to her. And it’s not just her expressions, the way she delivers her dialogue with impact.
Not content with just acting, Narayani paints and even sings so well. The effervescent Narayani took it as a hobby during the lockdown last year and has created a few pieces of herself. Not to forget her debonair husband (British guy Steven Graver aka Tony ) is a noted painter-artist and she credits him for her growing interest in the craft. As a singer, she came up with her vocal version of “Phir le aaya dil”?
Loyal fans insist that she has magic in her voice too. She slays in her non-glamorous looks off-screen: While it is very rare that you see strands of gray hair in any celebrity’s pic on social media, Narayani flaunts it proudly on her Instagram account. It’s evident on social media, that off-screen she keeps it natural, and looks the wow-babe as ever . The bold bohemian-by-nature Narayani, whom I personally know for past two decades, played the role of a ‘eunuch’ in Marathi movie ‘Runh’ and also put in a striking cameo appearance in National Award-winning iconic Hindi movie ‘Chandni Bar’, would often tell me, “ Variety is the spice of acting life and I hate being typecast. Being a rebel actress, the tougher the role, I enjoy it more”, she would shrug.