Gave up my honeymoon plans for Nach Baliye 5: Karan MehraKaran
Mehra who's been living the role of the dutiful son, Naitik (from the
popular daily soap Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai) for the last three years,
seems to be on a new personal high post his marriage to longtime
girlfriend Nisha Rawal and he can't enough of their 'together time' as they match steps in Nach Baliye 5.
In his decade long stint in tinseltown, Karan has tried his hands at
assistant direction, fashion designing, modelling before facing the
camera. Excerpts from a heart to heart chat with the soft spoken actor
: From being an AD and fashion designer to an actor seems to be quite a shift. How did that happen?
I never really wanted to become an actor. Of course I wanted to do some
modelling. I did a course in designing and came to Mumbai where I
worked for some designers, styled many celebrities, Amitabh Bachchan
being one of them, and then I assisted some directors, including the
likes of Ram Gopal Varma. After that I took baby steps towards
modelling, followed it by doing some TVCs. That's where my inclination
for acting started. After that, I did a course in acting and tried my
luck in Bollywood films. I never thought of doing a TV soap, but may be
it was destined. Nisha, who I was dating at that point, suggested that I
take up Yeh Rishta...
, after I had been auditioned and selected for the same. So there really wasn't too much of struggle to find your toehold in showbiz?
Oh no! It was very tough to survive in Mumbai for six years. Costume
designing helped me financially. Many aspiring actors had to return
because nothing had worked out for them. I too had given myself a
deadline, and I did get a role in Love Story 2050
, but I
realized that doing films and getting noticed were not my cup of tea. I
think Nisha's not only my source of encouragement but she also brought
luck with her! I'm glad I'm doing this show and I'm happy. Have you earned friends in this glamour industry?
Yes, I've been lucky. I have a handful few true friends in the glamour
world. It is good fun to be with them and they've been with me in my
good and tough times. I think very rarely does one get good friends and
I'm glad I've been so lucky with my friends. What's on your mind in terms of career these days? No more Bollywood plans?
Well, I aspire to do Hollywood projects! (Laughs) But on a serious
note, I'm getting some Bollywood offers too but, I'm not taking them
till Yeh Rishta...
is on air. I'll never quit this show because it has given me fame, money and love. How's life post marriage?
Nisha and I met while doing an ad film where I was the stylist. Cupid
struck and since then we've been together. She's my lady luck, my
biggest critic and my biggest source of encouragement. Because of Nach Baliye 5
we gave up on our honeymoon, but doing dance rehearsals ensures that we get to spend a lot of time together.