How did Chhanchhan happen to you?
It was very sudden. I was doing Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga in Baroda and I got a call but since I was very busy I didn't pay much attention to it. When I reached Mumbai I got a call again for an audition and after 2 days I got a call that I was selected. It was a pleasant shock, as I didn't think much about the audition. It was very sudden and unexpected, so it was a different experience.
Tell a bit about your role in Chhanchhan as Himanshu?
Himanshu is a very lively and funny character, he is a very happy go lucky guy. He never gets affected with what Umaben says, because he is very innocent so even when he is being taunted he feels like someone is caring for him. Himanshu is a very loving character, and as seen he even quickly falls in love with a girl. He is even seen making silly jokes, so you can basically say that the whole humor part of the show falls on him to keep the audience laughing. I am very happy to play Himanshu, since it is challenging in a way, because I have to show that he is so cute and innocent.
How different is Himanshu from
They are very different. Himanshu is someone who is very innocent and cute, which I am not in real life. Himanshu doesn't understand the real meaning behind words, while in reality I understand very quickly just by looking at the other person whether he/she likes me or not. Over all Himanshu is shown as to be very innocent, which I am not in reality. When I was told about Himanshu's character, I would think how can anyone be so innocent?
How is the atmosphere on the sets of
It is real fun, everyone is in the same age group, so there are no issues or attitude problems. Even Sanaya Irani is very sweet, me and Srman Jain sit together and enjoy. Even though Farhan Khan is a newcomer I am enjoying working with him.
With whom do you bond the most on
I mostly shoot with Farhan so my bonding with Farhan has been very good and will continue being good. Due to the latest storyline of wild camp the bonding between me and Srman has been great as well, also because we know each other before the show. We all six couples during the wild camp have a great bonding.
You have been in the industry for some years now, how has the journey been?
I am very thankful to God that I have completed 7 years in this industry without any Godfather. I feel I have done good work but I haven't got credit for it. I was a bit disappointed with the kind of reviews I got before doing this show. I did a show on Star One Annu Ki Ho Gayee Waah Bhai Waah, and I had a good role in it, similar to Himanshu but with grey shades. By God's grace I started this year on a very good note, I started with Jai Jag Janani Mai Durga and then got Chhanchhan. For the past 7 years in the industry I have seen a lot of ups and downs, which has been a learning process.
It is a very tricky question actually, but at present closest is Chhanchhan. Last year, I did Jamuna Paar which was very close to me as well, since I had a good performance based role of a guy who wants to become an actor. Earlier I did Ganesh Leela as Naradji, which gave me a lot fame, my dad used to call me Naradji. My dad was a bit old in his thinking and he knew of few people from the industry like Dheeraj Kumar, so he used to tell me why don't you do a Dheeraj Kumar show. He didn't know how everything works in the industry. So after all this happened I felt like dad gave me his blessings and all this happened for me.
What interests you other than
Actually I don't think apart from acting. I love cricket and I love dancing, so other than acting I either play cricket or party.
What kind of television shows do you watch?
I am a TV freak, so I watch everything, and keep a track of all the shows. I like shows like Qubool Hai, and in Bade Acche Laggte Hai on Sony TV I like the chemistry between Ram Kapoor and Saakshi Tanwar. On Star Plus I like Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara and Yeh Rishta Ka Kehlata Hai and sometime back I liked the Buddy Project on Channel V. I like shows which target youngsters and also love stories. I don't like the rona-dhona shows.