Maa Beta who’re currently seen on the tube every weeknight on the very same TV channel … While mom Vibha Chibber is seen playing the toughie Mrs. Bindeshwari Kaushik in Zee TV’s Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein at 10 PM, beta Puru Chibber has been roped in to play the role of Manav and Archana’s grown up son, Sachin Deshmukh in Pavitra Rishta that airs at 9 PM on the same channel.
Having a parent in the television industry is always an added advantage for aspiring actors. Of course, it isn’t comparable to Bollywood where star sons and daughters are launched with great aplomb by their celebrity parents in magnum opus launch vehicles tailor-made to showcase everything from their histrionic abilities, dancing skills, prowess over action sequences and what not! But we have also experienced the phenomenon of TV stars easing their children into the limelight – be it Sarita Joshi who ushered in daughter Ketaki Dave who in turn acted with her own daughter Riddhi or the case of Sushma Seth, the Daadi from Hum Log, whose standing in the industry paved the way for daughter Divya Seth’s entry. And now’s the turn of mum Vibha and son Puru Chibber!
Vibha Ji talks about her son’s ambitions saying, “Actually I always thought my son would grow up to be a cricketer as he played cricket exceptionally well. But when he was in the 10th grade, he suddenly declared that he wanted to be an actor. That’s when I took an initiative to come to Mumbai from Delhi and help in whichever way I could. I was always into acting but I had restricted myself to theatre in Delhi. When I arrived here in Mumbai, I started acting for television too. So, in a way, his ambitions fuelled mine and I am glad we are both working for Zee TV, one of India’s leading entertainment channels. Just wish Puru and I get to work in the same show in the near future. It will be another first of sorts.”
Puru Chibber credits his mother for the passion he developed for acting. He states, “Watching Ma make a distinct mark for herself on the theatre circuit proved to be quite an inspiration for my acting career . I started off by assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Saawariya, after which I completed a course from Anupam Kher’s acting academy. Then, I got a break in Khotey Sikkey. Getting a role in Pavitra Rishta has been one of the highlights of my career as the show is a runaway hit. It’s really exciting to be a part of the same channel where my mother is playing a pivotal role in another show. My mom and I never discuss work at home but I am sure that she will correct me whenever I go wrong.” If Puru’s initial work on Pavitra Rishta is anything to go by, he sure seems to have inherited the acting bug from his mother!