What was your reaction to the news of your character not being part of the show after the leap?
I was obviously surprised but then I am a practical person so I thought about it and realized that it was a good decision taken for the betterment of the show. The chemistry between RK and Madhubala (Drashti Dhami) was amazing but then it had been exploited from all possible angles so a leap was planned. After the leap, with my image of a superstar it was not possible for me to play a father to a 25 year old since the audience would not have accepted it since in real life too I myself am 25 years. So it was a mutual decision between the makers Nautanki Films and me since they thought that to pull up the ratings they wanted a fresh new story.
There have been shows earlier too where the important character has made a comeback from the dead due to public demand. What if the same happens with RK?
Just like earlier shows where the characters come back from the dead it might happen with RK too if the story demands it but that will be a decision taken at that moment itself. As an actor I respect the writer and the creators of the show a lot and totally trust them to do the best for the show.
What next? Will we see you doing another show on Colors?
My contract with Colors expires the moment I am out of the show so I am open to working with any other production house or channel but till now I haven't got any call for any other show, not even from Ekta Kapoor which has been wrongly reported. I also want to tell you that there are no other plans in place and I have no other show or film in hand and I did not quit Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon for some other exciting offer. I am empty handed at the moment.
However, God has always been kind and there are things in the pipeline and I am open to doing TV and Films both. If something in films materializes then which actor would not want to do it? I have played a superstar on a popular TV show and eventually would want to be a superstar in real life too.
You had tweeted about coming back with a bang so your fans expected you to make another announcement soon.
I don't want to disappoint any fan of mine and thus I had said that I will be back with a bang since obviously I will be back. As an actor this is my profession and more than that it is my passion which will make me give better and better entertaining performances henceforth too. I have evolved as an actor from being Vivky Walia in Kasamh Se to RK and would want to grow further.
I want to tell all my fans that I love them a lot. Along with the writers and the creative team of Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon it is they who have made me so popular and I owe a lot to them.
So you will take a break now.
Yes, I will take a break for a month or so before focusing back on work. In the past couple of years due to my work commitments I have not been able to give as much time to my family or my wife Vahbbiz Dorabjee Dsena so that is my first priority now. I may either go to Ujjain to be with family or call them here to stay with me for some time. I am also planning to spend more time with Vahbbiz who has been my biggest support. She has been my backbone and has always understood the demands of my profession completely.
Also on my to-do list is my plan to lose weight and become fit again. I didn't have time to concentrate on my body which is something I want to do again. I also love to play football which is something I have done professionally too earlier. I am a National level football player and I have participated in all India tournament. I plan to go back to the game now that I have the time.
Seema Khot Mattoo