A lot of news has been doing the rounds since Chhanchhan went on air, about Farhan Khan's replacement and that he did not fit in the role of Manav. He has always maintained silence about the rumours and focused only on his performance but for the first time Farhan Khan speaks up about all the rumours and news that has been making rounds for the past 2 months.
On the latest news which says that Farhan Khan has got into depression and that the quote has been made by his family:
"I am not in depression. I don't know what the media has been writing about me. I don't know with whom the media people spoke to, as my family is out of Mumbai for the past 1-2 weeks. And about my family saying that I am in depression is just something made up because more than anyone else my family knows that I am a fighter and to make Farhan Khan depressed you will have to kill him twice, as there is nothing which can make me depressed."
On quitting the show himself and not being thrown out:
"I am very much happy that I am out of the show, because I myself wanted to leave the show. No one knows but 12 days before I left the show I had told the production house that I wanted to leave. I want to make it clear I was not kicked out of the show, but I left the show myself. The news even said that I am blaming the production house, well it is the best production house I have ever worked with, and whatever has happened, is a mutual decision between us. The producer, Vipul Shah is a great person and I am not blaming anyone. At times things work out and at times things do not work out so no one is to blame for it."
Speaking about his equation with Sanaya Irani:
"Honestly speaking, Sanaya Irani and I have never been friends from the beginning. I respect Sanaya as an actress, but Sanaya has never liked me and we have not really been on talking terms with each other other than professionally. And it is normal, that with some people you get along well while with others you don't and that's how it was with me and Sanaya. I don't have any grudges against her, I wish her all the best in life, and may ChhanChhan rock and climb up on the TRP chart".
About the rest of the cast not being happy with him:
"There were rumours stating that the cast was not happy with me and didn't like my company. Well, I have no idea where these rumours came from, I know that people of my cast were crying on the day, I told them I am leaving the show! I still get their calls, so I seriously don't know which cast they are talking about".
On fans not accepting him:
From the first day itself, I have put all efforts in the role as Manav and I am happy that I have got fans appreciate my work and liked it. Of course, everyone cannot like you and I completely understand that as it has just been very hard for me as fans still have not given up on Sanaya Irani and Barun Sobti's jodi. For them to see Sanaya Irani with someone else was very hard. I kept trying to fit in, while everyone kept comparing me with Barun. I don't fit in Barun's category, Barun is a different person and I am a different person. This has always happened on television, like if you look 10 years back, we had the Tulsi Virani and Mihir Virani Jodi. The audience is in love with the character and no one can replace that. The same goes with Khushi and Arnav, they will always be a favourite Jodi and for someone else to act opposite any of them, they will always be compared to the original jodi".
"I even read a lot of comments made on me. Any kind of comment is welcome because it is their perception. Some people are writing so much good about me and some people are writing so much bad about me but it is surprising how some people can take television so much seriously. All I can say is that criticism makes me more stronger".
On the show not doing well
"In the show I was not the
protoganist, it was focused on ChhanChhan. The show didn't do well for many
reasons and the production house never blamed me and neither do I want to take
the blame for the show not doing well. There were many facts like IPL, and fans
wanted to see Sanaya with Barun after her last show. The audience was also trying
to find Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon story in ChhanChhan, but they will have to
realise that this is a complete different show and complete different star
On what he has learned in the 2 months that he was a part of Chhanchhan:
"Apart from acting I have learned a lot of other things, like politics, which is a major part of the industry. We don't only have to focus on the acting skills, but also the politics. I used to go on the sets and wish Good Morning to everyone right from the co-stars to crew, spotboy etc. I was told that I should think about my reputation and that I didn't need to wish the spot people or make-up artists. But this is not the way I am brought up, after all we are humans. I don't have that kind of an attitude that just because he is earning lesser than me or is on a lower job, I will be impolite towards them. I don't feel you need to have such kind of attitude just because you are an actor. I am not like that and will never be like that. But I have got my lesson and I have seen a lot of people writing negative about me, but everything is welcome, as crisitism makes me stronger. This is not the end of life, I am young, I can talk, speak, eat and I am educated, so I believe there are a lot of opportunities ahead. My mom says I am the most handsome person she has ever seen, and I believe her, as moms don't lie.
On his future plans:
I am happy that I am not going to be known as Manav all my life as I want to be known as Farhan Khan. We have seen Shah Rukh Khan has done many roles in the name of Rahul, but he is still recognised as Shah Rukh Khan. At times even these days when I walk on the streets people still recognise me saying "Ohh that is Manav", which is a great feeling, but by the end of the day I want to be known as Farhan Khan. I don't want to be recognised by the character name but by Farhan Khan. I am happy I have done Chhanchhan but Chhanchhan is not the end of my life. Chhanchhan was a part of my life, which is not there anymore, but I am happy as the decision has been mine and I believe I have a lot to achieve in life ahead".
On how he keeps himself busy these days:
"These days I am spending most of my time reading. The weather is amazing these days so I am enjoying it. I had some meetings with different channels and I am happy with the decision I have taken."