Hiten Tejwani won many
hearts for his portrayal of Karan Virani in the longest running soap
opera 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'. He again grabbed eyeballs when
he started playing the role of Manav Deshmukh (in place of Sushant Singh
Rajput) in yet another successful soap, 'Pavitra Rishta'. His long
telly journey which has its share of both fiction and reality shows speaks of success and recognition.
It's easy to strike a conversation with Hiten and he's happy to look
back. "I would say my journey has been upward. I have been lucky to do
different shows. I have a fundamental principle in life — one just has
to work hard. The television industry requires lots of patience. It has
long working hours and sometimes there's long period of no work too."
It wouldn't be wrong to label him as a 'replacement actor' but he takes
it in the right spirit. "It's a challenge to get into the shoes of an
actor who has already carved a niche for himself in the soap and gained
much recognition. When I got into the character of Manav in Pavitra Rishta
initially there was lot of apprehension. But I've faith in my ability and that worked."
He has seen the television industry's growth even as he himself has
climbed up in his career ladder. Does he think that all is well on the
TV front now? "Viewers are now more open and good content is always
appreciated. The TV industry earlier had seen a lot of herd mentality,
but now TV is changing for the better. All the big film stars are now
coming on TV for some show or the other as they are realising the
potential of the medium."
He laughs and adds, "In the initial
years when I joined TV, people used to ask me 'didn't you get anything
better to do?" Now people come to me with their babies asking for
He's candid enough to admit that "Most of the soaps are
female centric, but to have a twist and turn in the story, you need a
strong male protagonist. In that way, the male actors always have
something strong in their kitty." What prompted him to anchor Savdhaan India
? "Getting connected with the audiences as Hiten Tejwani
not as any other character gives me a real high."
In an industry which now sees a lot of young actors, how about
competition? "Yes, the competition is fierce. We have to be on our toes.
Some young actors want to copy their seniors. There are many 'one show
wonder' actors on TV," he says.
Actors like Sushant Singh Rajput
, Barun Sobti
, Vishal Karwal
and Hussain Kuwajerwala are now looking at Bollywood
as their destination. What about his Bollywood aspirations? "I'd love
to have a bigger canvas as an actor. I want more work and I am greedy as
an actor. But I will never go away from television completely. TV has
given me lots."