How is Varun's role different from your previous
I love doing daily soaps and have acted in more than 2000 episodes in them. I
have played lead characters in soaps. In Adaalat
I had to play a side character
instead of the hero and that too of a learner. I am the assistant of K.D.Pathak
and am constantly learning from him. I gladly accepted this role and
am very happy playing it.
Can you identify with him?
Yes as I am a learner like Varun.
What is the most important thing Varun
has learnt from K.D.Pathak?
Varun has learnt always to be on the side of the truth. Truth always wins.
What if Varun has his own private
practice and becomes K.D.Pathak's opposition lawyer?
That isn't possible as Varun isn't as qualified as K.D.Pathak. If K.D.Pathak is
Batman, Varun is Robin. Or if K.D.Pathak is Ram, Varun is Lakshman.
Have you watched foreign law shows? How
would you compare them to Adaalat?
Foreign law shows have a different budget and sensibility. I have watched
Suits. Indian court room dramas may take some things from these shows but the
delineation will always be Indian. Actually it is pointless in comparing
Indian and foreign legal shows. I think Adaalat
has changed the bars of Indian
television. This show has even ventured into outer space. It would be nice if
we had seasons though.
How is a real courtroom different from
that of Adaalat?
all the cases get solved. In reality many cases prolong for 10 to 20
years. Our judiciary system should have new laws with no loopholes whatsoever.
We should have strict laws which will deter people from committing crimes. This
will make India the safest country in the world.
You became a father in April. How is
your daughter doing?
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I want to do is take a good look
at my daughter Reha. I like to watch her expressions and how she reacts. Before
she was born I would think mostly of myself, now I think mainly of her.
You look very young. You don't look 32.
My wife says that I am 22 and that I should always look that way. People lie
that they are younger when they actually look older. I am very candid about my
real age. I thank my parents and God for my youthful looks. I have learnt
Vipassana and meditate regularly to keep fit. I hope to play a college student
even at 42.
and author: Pallavi Bhattacharya
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