You had told me before this show started that this show was about Kunal
who was trying to fight his inner demons. Kunal it seems is still unhappy and
still fighting his inner demons...
Yes, Kunal is still trying to fight his inner
demons. When the fight will be over, the show will also be over. Kunal has gone
through various ups and downs in life during the course of which he has fought
with his inner self.
Siddhi and Kunal
were compelled to marry, despite Siddhi being engaged to Kunal's late younger
brother Anand. Yes, Kunal and Siddhi did fall in love. However many people may
not have been able to fall in love in a situation like this. Whereas I realize
that this was Kunal's ailing mom's wish that they marry but don't you think
that parents should think more liberally than force marriage on them like this?
I absolutely agree that a marriage like this
should never be forced on by parents on their children. So realistically and
logically this kind of marriage makes no sense whatsoever. I won't support a
situation like this in real life. However this is a soap, so a track like
this was done to create drama for the audience. Having said that, in real life
marriages like this do happen. In Parichay Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka
it wasn't a forced marriage although
there was pressure from both Kunal and Siddhi's parents that they get married.
Ultimately they are the ones who decided to tie the knot. So marriage was
finally their individual decisions.
The track on Bade
Acche Laggte Hai and on your show are similar. Husband and wife are now not
together but they are deeply in love. The wife was in prison because of no
fault of hers. The husband is still loving wife silently but is openly in
denial. Do you know as to why Ekta Kapoor decided to repeat this somewhat
Very honestly, I don't have the time to watch Bade
Acche Laggte Hai. It is after all Ekta Kapoor, the creative team and the
writers who make these decisions. So I wouldn't know if this similarity is
intentional or not.
With the temporary
shift of the show to the 10:30pm slot- do you think it will make TRP decline?
Does that worry you?
Some of those who were used to watch this show at
the 9:30pm slot may not be initially aware that the show has been shifted to
the 10:30pm slot. Now we will be in direct competition with Bade Acche Laggte
Hai of the same production house on the same time slot. The more competition
the merrier. This will simply mean that our creative team will put in more hard
work. However I am not worried even if the TRP declines. Hopefully the TRP
should catch up later. I am just looking forward to what happens.
Kunal was a great
student and lawyer. However he is still a fallen hero. I mean he can do much
better professionally. Do you think that gives him an inferiority complex? Do
you think he is upset to work in a subordinate position to his wife?
No, I don't think that gives Kunal an inferiority
complex. Currently we aren't concentrating all that much on his professional
track. Right now we are exploring how Kunal is as a father and his relationship
with his ex-wife. As far as his profession is concerned, of course he is
still struggling to find his foothold. It doesn't matter to him that his wife
is his boss. However he does have a problem with the fact that he knows more
than his wife about the law.
You had initially
told me that you can identify with this role. Can you still identify with this
Yes I can identify with the core of the character
of Kunal. However I do find some inconsistencies in his characterization which
I find difficult to incorporate. Only the tip of the iceberg has been explored
as far as Kunal's characterization is concerned.
What about Kunal do
I like everything about Kunal including his
weaknesses, that is what makes him human after all. To be a complete
character, he should be neither black nor white but grey. I think he is one of
the most memorable characters on Indian television.
What about Kunal do
Kunal has his heart in the right place. Only he is
rash and doesn't think much.
If you met Kunal what
advice would you give him?
I would advise Kunal to stay away from Richa and
not believe in what she says.
You must be having
a tight schedule now. How do you spend the little spare time that you have?
I hardly socialize. I spend time with my wife. My pet
dog Casper, a stray which I adopted is always there to make me happy.
It is very nice
that you adopted a stray. Please tell me about your pet Casper.
My friend got me a stray puppy with a broken leg.
His foot has been run over by a car. He is God's gift to us. I found him
adorable at first sight. He likes bones, meat with rice and chapatis. He
dislikes milk. He is a very calm and well-behaved dog. He hardly barks. The
naughtiest thing he did is chew my shoes, belts and books. He loves home pujas.
When we were having a puja at home, he came and sat quietly between me and my
wife till the puja was over.
- Author and Reporter: Pallavi Bhattacharya