He's the baddie in Bade Achche Lagte Hain while he's playing a polar positive character in Parichay. On the hot seat this Diwali is the versatile and talented Mahesh Shetty
You have played both negative and positive characters. But currently we are seeing a positive side of you in Parichay. Which is more difficult the positive or the negative?
As an actor for me every aspect of acting is a challenging job. Mostly its on how iI make my viewers believe –whether it's a negative or a positive role. I have had many experiences when people who have actually come and told me how much they hate me because of my negative character in the serial and on the other hand they appreciate me for my positive role. So this alone proves that I am doing justice for my work.
Many viewers feel that you will be turning negative in Parichay as well. Is this true?
I want to tell my fans that my character in Parichay will not really be turning negative. I will be the sweet and calm Abhay but fighting or you can say turning negative for an emotional purpose. This Diwali shall hopefully be about the positive.
What are the challenges of being an actor who has played both positive and negative characters?
The biggest challenge for an actor is how you make your viewers believe in your acting. Make it more natural and believable is what I work towards.
One role that is most closest to your heart from all the characters you have played.
My role as Nihal in Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil was the most challenging and the best role that I have played till date. I loved the character of Nihal as he was a very sorted and down to earth person. Yet there was a challenge in playing Nihal as he was such a simple individual.
One wish this Diwali...
I have a list of directors whom I would love to work with but lets keep the names underwraps until this wish comes true.
One change that you would like to bring in for this Diwali? Inner as well as worldly change.
I would like this world to be a better place to live in - pollution free, corruption free and no evil. And yes I plan to work towards these aspects myself as well.
Author: Nia Dhanjani