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"I have been extremely patient when it comes to Ghulam" - Vikas Manaktala

The actor spills beans on his role in the show and also on the various controversies..

Saturday, January 07, 2017 | 11:58:28 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The Life Ok mega show, 'Ghulam,' is all set to be rolling and will go on-air in a couple of weeks. The wait for the show has been a long one, where the promos have also created a major buzz.

What marks the comeback of the leading trio, Vikas Manaktala, Param Singh and Niti Taylor, the show has everything going right for itself.

In a vis-a-vis conversation with actor Vikas Manaktala aka the ferocious Veer, he gets his candid best and spills beans on his character, the show 'Ghulam', some past controversies and the current scenario of Indian television.

So Vikas, if we talk about your career graph, you have done relatively few fiction shows, where the most notable ones have been 'Left Right Left' and 'Main Naa Bhoolungi' and now 'Ghulam.' Why is that?


I don't really know the right answer to it. But what I know is that since the initial days of my career itself, I just couldn't connect to saas-bahu sagas at all. I feel lost when I see those shows as an actor, not as a viewer. Hence, that automatically has transpired into being my intent for taking up work. I take up only the work that excites me and 'Ghulam' has been extremely exciting for me. In fact, I was the first actor to be cast in the show, which was 8 months back. I have been extremely patient with it so you can imagine, if I have been so patient with it, the show must certainly be worth it.

Tell us something about your character Veer...


Veer is a powerful and rich man, who is anarchic and follows the principle of the village of Behrahampur. And that principle is 'women have no right and no say in anything.' He is a hardcore cunning man and doesn't follow any rules, as there are no rules in Behrahampur. He has a 'ghulam' in the form of Rangeela and uses him like a puppet.

Several people assume that you did not cash in on the popularity you gained from your previous shows, especially 'Left Right Left'. Do you regret that?

Not at all! My peak is still yet to come. I am that person who wants creative satisfaction. I never entered acting for money. With God's grace, our family business is doing fairly good and well-to-do. Hence, I entered acting, as I had a passion towards the art and hence, years ago, I had left television as I was missing that passion towards the art and towards the content. I don't say that I am correct and I am sure that several shows that were offered to me and I refused to work did go on to become great hits. However, every person has its own journey and that is what we call getting evolved. I am still learning and trying to get better.

What do you have to say about the whole controversy that happened in your last show, 'Main Naa Bhulungi' with your previous co-star, Aishwarya Sakhuja?


See, I am that person for whom its work and purely work. I don't understand that why do these inane issues have to be focused on where there are so many better things to be looked upon. When two professionals work together, both have to be professional. I have that approach where If I am accused of something or being struck at, I will not react and let the thing be it. And that is when I read about how she gave an article quote about how she was wrong and she apologized. And most importantly, all this is now past.

'Ghulam' is coming on Life Ok and the channel is going through a complete revamp. However, do you think that the GRP factor, where life Ok is relatively behind from market leaders like Colors and Star Plus will affect the show?

I certainly wish that it doesn't affect the show. In fact, I wish that it becomes the major channel driver like 'Left Right Left' did back then. I can keep hoping that history repeats itself and this shoe becomes the reason that Life Ok becomes the No.1 Channel for that matter. You tell me, any other channel who would actually want to deviate from their age-old quintessential concepts and present a concept like this on the tube? I think it's an extremely huge and brave move by the channel to promote it.

The 'Naagin' factor continues to rule the TRP charts and keeps getting trendier when it comes to trends. Why do you think the supernatural genre has become this phenomenon?

It is totally beyond me. I would not even wanna think about it. I just have to focus on my work and not think about all that. All I can keep wishing is that our show does extremely well and opens on great TRP pointers. I hope the audience watches the show and likes it for the way it is.

We wish Vikas all the best for this mega show and are certain to be entertained.

What do you have to say about Vikas' comeback? Leave in your comments below..
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Posted on: 10 January 2017 at 8:06am
All the best to the entire team and special hugs to Niti Taylor :)

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Posted on: 09 January 2017 at 12:01pm
Using my last comment option for the TWO MEN in action...give your best.

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Posted on: 09 January 2017 at 11:36am
Niti Taylor , all the best !!

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Posted on: 09 January 2017 at 1:48am
I want more on Param and Vikas.
#SayNotoSPBahu

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Posted on: 08 January 2017 at 11:52pm
There is one special person, one man army, one Ghulaam and one Rangeela. All in one is Param Singh. Am In for Ghulaam for Param Singh mainly and Vikas for his talent.

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Posted on: 08 January 2017 at 11:04pm
Na Mangu love story!
Na mangu glycerine ki bottle or Jaam
Mein toh Mangu bas handsome Ghulaam
Haye re hum wait kar rahe hain for Ghulaam.

Param singh=Rangeela=Ghulaam=on life Ok. Thats matters to everyone!!!Ahaan


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Posted on: 08 January 2017 at 10:49pm
I am interested in one and only fictional character Rangeela and his story bas!

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Posted on: 08 January 2017 at 8:22pm
Param singh thanks formopting such a show ghulaam

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Posted on: 08 January 2017 at 11:23am
After reading her interview,am looking forward to Niti Taylor, her character Shivani, her life in Behrehmpur with Veer in ghulam.

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Posted on: 08 January 2017 at 11:12am
Loved the article , thanks IF !! Vikkas Manaktala , loved u in all the promos till date and so looking forward to watch Veer , the bad guy and yes very interested in seeing his relationship with Shivani :)

Niti Taylor , gal keep working hard, put in ur best efforts and am sure you wil make Shivani loveable :)

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