As you sit down to interview telly town's bad boy, actor Karanvir Bohra at an eatery in Ahmedabad, you realise that girls love him a lot as they go crazy asking for a photo-op with him. Karanvir's currently essaying the role of Viraj ( Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava?), and it seems his character has received a thumbs up from his fans. No wonder we had to wait for some time before we could start our chat.
Karanvir confesses that he has been connected with Ahmedabad for last 28 years, while his family has been associated with the city for even longer. This time around he was in town after four years and he was overwhelmed with the response he got from his fans. He says, "Just like the city, the weather is also amazing. Hats off to the chief minister Narendra Modi
, who has completely changed the face of Ahmedabad. If I have to relocate to another city at some point in life, I will definitely move to Ahmedabad," he says and adds, "I am often invited to the city during Navratri, so I thought it's time I should contribute to the city. I am planning to organise a garba
event in Ahmedabad this year. My grandfather owns a studio here. I feel I should make good use of it now."
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, Karanvir is happy that he is sharing space with another good-looking actor Harshad Chopra
in the show. "Harshad is a very sweet guy. We haven't really got a chance to share anything," he says.
With television shows revolving mainly around strong female characters, Karanvir admits to being lucky to have playing a strong character in a daily soap. "Television is experimenting with different subjects. TV is a huge medium, but as an actor there is always a desperation to work in films. But if these kind of roles are available on TV, then I am satisfied. Money, good platform, fame — I am getting everything here. Films are a bigger medium and one doesn't always get enough challenging roles on TV," says Karanvir.
Karanvir loves dancing and that was quite evident when we saw him matching steps with Isha Sharvani
in a recent episode of Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa 5
. "I want to get back to dancing Kathak (Karanvir is a trained Kathak dancer) and practising martial arts. I also love playing garba, since my childhood. I used to go to the Falguni Pathak dandiya nights
. We don't play garba
in Mumbai! Since last 10 years I've been making trips to Ahmedabad during Navratri. It's amazingto see people celebrating the festival with enthusiasm during the nine nights," he says.
With almost all actors having an alternative career lined up, does Karanvir also feel the need to have a back-up option in case acting does not work? "Acting is not my full-time occupation. Filmmaking has always been my main area of interest. But I always feel multitasking is important. I'd be bored if I continue doing just one thing," says Karanvir.
Karanvir has already established himself in the Gujarati film industry. His production house has produced 35 Gujarati films so far. "We are soon going to announce a Gujarati film. If the roles excites me, I'll act in it too. I speak Marwari, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati and English, so language has never been a problem," he says with a smile.
Unlike other actors, marriage has done wonders for Karanvir. "My work has got 100% better post marriage. People love me for my work and not my marital status. Teejay is a wonderful girl. I don't feel we are married, we still address each other as boyfriend-girlfriend," he says on a parting note.