Are you dating Bipasha Basu?
No, I am not. Our chemistry is awesome, right? I used to tell everyone on the set that I cannot imagine that you guys are paying me to do this. We are shooting at beautiful locations and I am shooting with this really, really hot woman and she is in my arms all the time and I am getting paid for it. I mean, I love my life.What is Bipasha like?
She is more than a friend as she is also an inspiration. She is so disciplined, be it for her coming on time or her workout schedule or her habit of always eating right. She is also quite wacked out and is very funny and you now know, absolutely blind.
I initially thought that she had a bad memory, so every day on the set, I would go really close to her and say, 'Hi. I am Karan. I am working with you. But only later, I found out that she can't see people from a distance. She only recognises forms. She is a very positive person, who makes people very comfortable around her. She has only nice things to say about other people. Very few people are like that. She is very genuine. I wish she would completely stop using makeup as she has really nice skin and looks even nicer without makeup.Let's talk about your growing up years?
I am originally a surd who was born in Delhi in 1982, just two years before the Sikh riots, so all my childhood pictures are in baby frocks with ponytails as my parents wanted to hide the fact that I was a Sikh boy, given the riots. My dad worked for a travel agency and we soon moved to Saudi Arabia. There are co-ed schools in Saudi, but those are American or British. My dad, of course, believed in the good old CBSE Indian school system and thus, my younger brother Ishmeet and I were put in an all boys CBSE school. My mother could move out only if she wore a burkha. Both me and Ishmeet were very naughty. We used to have my grandfather's swords in the house. We used to take all these swords and take all the showpieces mom had and slice them one by one. He actually locked my nana in the kitchen once for two hours. While I am naughty in the face, he is a chhupa rustam. He would do something and say, 'Mom, aapko toh pata hai na ki Karan kitna kutta hai, ussi ne kiya hoga sab kuch.' I was going to get beaten up for something anyway, so I would happily take his share of the beating too. It was only when we came into XIth grade could we speak to the girls on the phone, but you could never meet them.
If you were with a girl, who was not related to you and a religious priest caught you, you were straight put in jail. There was no why or who asked. On one of our trips back to India, we were in Goa. I was in Class IX and on one of the magazines, I saw Bipasha in a bikini. I remember saying, 'Ooohhh! She is the hottest girl in the world.' Saudi had been a very restricted place. Even on the magazines there, if there was a little leg or cleavage showing, they used to blacken it with a black mark. Me and Ishmeet, so many times, had tried to remove the black portion with our spit, but of course, it would never come out.How did you become a TV actor?
I completed my Hospitality and Hotel Administration course from Dadar in 2003. I wanted to be in the glamour industry, but my dad always told me, 'There is always a Plan A and a Plan B to fall back on in life. Finish your education, get a year's work experience in the field that you have studied in and then, you do what you want to.' So after finishing college, I worked as a banquet executive in Muscat Sheraton, after which I came back to Mumbai. I participated in one of India's manhunt competitions. I was contestant No. 1 and was really happy till I realised that contestants were given numbers, basis their height. Since I was the shortest at 5'9", I was first. I was selected as the most popular model, but nothing happened for a long time. I would audition and be told that my face is very hard, so I should try modelling. When I met coordinators for modelling, they would tell me you have a very soft face, you should try television. So then I would go to TV auditions, they would tell me your face is very blank and expressionless, you should try something else.
I would come back every night dejected, till one day when I auditioned for Balaji and got my first TV serial. I did a number of shows till I did Qubool Hai that did very well. Bhushan Patel, my director of Alone, saw that and called me for an audition. I had divorced my first wife by that time and was on a break, learning production and direction. I had grown my hair and beard really long and had a nose piercing too. Bhushan sir looked at me and asked me, 'Are you emotionally attached to your hair? I said, 'I am, but I could cut it. It's not a big deal.' Being a surd, I know, that we are gifted with hair and 206 funny bones. You can laugh at a surd as much as you want to, but we won't ever go bald. Anyways, Bhushan sir said, 'Okay then cut it now.' I didn't cut it then, but on the day I had to meet Bipasha first, he gave me no option and said, 'Karan, please ensure that you cut your hair, wear a shirt, pant, shoes and socks when you come.' It was torturous to wear all that just to meet Bipasha, but it was worth it as I got Alone.Who do you love the most in the world?
My mother for just being there. All through our growing years she would listen to the songs of Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! every single day from 3 to 5pm. We had to wait for her to finish, so that we could put on our cartoons.Despite your being so simple and affectionate, you have gone through two marriage breaks in just six years.
First one to Shraddha Nigam, was may be too early. I was just 26 that time. Remembering my father's words at that time that it may be too soon, rings a bell now. It lasted only for six months. We lived together only for two months. We felt that we were bringing out the worst in each other and felt like a jail. You don't want to see that ugly side of yourself. I felt claustrophobic after which I moved out and we divorced in 2009. I got married again in 2012 to my eight-year-old friend Jennifer Winget, who played my wife in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, but we have now separated past few months and are undergoing divorce.So will you be careful with your relationships now?
I am now just going to stay away from relationships.Which was your lowest period?
2011-2012 after my first divorce. My show Dill Mill Gayye that I was doing got over and I wasted a year doing a film that did not get released. I had lost my constant income from TV but continued my spending. There came a time when during that time I had to borrow money from my dad again, who had retired by then and that was terrible. I felt like a failure and felt like I had let down my family and everybody who had had faith in me. I had been a rebel all my life and would not even talk to my parents, as I did not want to burden them more. Right from when I have been a kid, I don't like confrontation. Now, I avoid by going to the gym, but when I was a kid, I would go lock myself in my cupboard. Every time I was sad or angry, I would lock myself.
In 2011, there was a time when I needed to see the psychiatrist, as I was becoming delusional in my head. I could not differentiate realities. I suck when it comes to judging people. I assume that everyone is really, really good, and everyone is nice and they all say the truth but eventually I find out. I am just a bad judge of character. On top, I have a hyper and over imaginative mind.
I become self-destructive when I am sad and many times, I have harmed myself physically. As the doctor explained to me, I was undergoing clinical depression and what is medically called dissociation with reality. If something emotionally really bad happens in my life, then I completely physically, emotionally and mentally shut down. I have a name for it too. I call it Alcatraz, a jail in the world from where no one knows how to escape.
Edited by Thrasher - 22 December 2014 at 5:06pm