Starting from 15th July, Mon-Fri 8:00 PM only on Sony Entertainment Television
1) You are coming to Sony Entertainment Television after a very long time. How do you feel about that?
The first show that I did with Sony Entertainment Television was in the year 2000 and the show was Ghar Ek Mandir. Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein is going to be my second show with SET and when I was given a brief about the show, I instantly decided that I wanted to be a part of it. In addition, the writer Zama Habib, of the show is a known name in our industry. I never worked with him, but I have heard a lot about him and wanted to work with him someday. Thus, I grabbed this opportunity. I always choose roles that are different with varied variation and has a story that has unique scale and concept. With this show; Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein it is almost like a reunion to working with Shulbha Arya Ji after more than 2 decades. The cast in the show is very well put together to veterans like Sudhir Pandey Ji, Sulbha ji to the young budding stars like Mudit, Simran and Debattama. Also, this show has a defined journey of each character. It is an untouched narration and we together look forward to doing some great work and put a great show for are audience.
2) You have played versatile characters in both TV and movies. How different will this role be?
I am not very fussy about roles, but I just try to choose it in such a way that my next role is always different from the previous one. It is always good and exciting to do something new and challenge myself with diverse roles. Even though the story of the show revolves majorly around my son, but I will be playing a significant role in his life. This is what I like about this show, it is a set-up of a joint family where everyone lives together under one roof with an immense amount of love and care for each other and little tiffs do happen at times but love for one another never changes.
3) Mudit will be seen as your son in the show who is playing a hearing-impaired character yet happy going lucky? What's your take on that?
I feel that people might think a child who is hearing impaired is different, might be his parents also feel the same way when the child is born, but over the years they start treating them like any normal child. In the story, we have focused on that fact, that even though Yogi has the hearing-impaired he lives a very normal life. I believe this kind of show is been made for the first time where the main lead and family doesn’t pay attention to the disability and live a happy life. It would be entertaining and interesting for the audience to watch a show where a character is treated normally by his friends and family despite his disability Infact, he is main reason to bring alive the whole plot and the correct example of ‘actions speak louder than words’
4) How much do you think the audience will relate to this show? What can your fan expect from you?
In the past, I have done various roles and all the characters I have played in the were different from each other. The audience have appreciated my work in everything I have done so far, from movies to TV shows. Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein has given me an opportunity to play a different and unique character. It is very relatable, as they can connect to my fatherhood. The show is based in Delhi and will touch our audiences’ hearts as the concept and presentation of the show is in a very relatable manner.
5) Anything in particular about the concept that excites you?
When I was given the theme line of the show and a briefing of the concept, I felt this is something that we have never seen before on the Indian television. Shows with such sensitive yet common concepts are not being made at all. This is something that the world needs to watch, and our industry needs more of such shows. Every role and character have been given importance and that just signifies the strength in the concept of the show. One particular part about the concept of this show is that’s, apart from rehearsing our own lines/dialogues we have to prepare ourselves to learn and understand sign language. As we will be the ones communicating in place of Yogi.
6) You will be seen opposite Swati Shah? How is your equation with her?
I have never worked with Swati Shah or anyone from the cast before except for Sulbha Ji. This is an interesting story around 1992, I did one episode with Sulbha Ji in a Marathi serial. This was during my struggling days. In that episode, she played my mother’s role. Other than that, I have never worked with anyone else, but I am equally excited as it is always good and a great experience to work with new people. Everyone seems very positive and warm; I look forward to working with the cast.
7) You are known to do theatre; do you think theatre gives a good base to an actor?
I started my career with television. It started with Marathi Television, after which I further joined Marathi theatre. Later, I moved on to Hindi cinema and did Hindi television, movies as well as advertisements. It happened very recently in 2006 that I gave Hindi theatre a chance and was associated with it till 2014. Though for me it happened much later of course, I believe theatre always enhances your acting skills and gives you an added advantage.