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Hot off your television sets
Veenu Singh, Hindustan Times
January 12, 2013
First Published: 17:07 IST(12/1/2013)
Last Updated: 16:28 IST(15/1/2013)

You've seen them scorch up the small screen. Now see them up close and personal. Meet TV's hottest men - they're brooding, they're romantic and set our hearts on fire.

Siddharth Shukla
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Siddharth started his career in modelling and even won The Best Model Of The World, 2005 held in Turkey. After doing a few commercials, he got selected as the male lead of Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na. After juggling with a few more serials, Siddharth is currently playing the new lead in Colors TV's successful show Balika Vadhu.

What do you think is your best feature?
I get complimented often for my smile; I get on well with everyone and also have a good stage presence.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/1/Siddharth-Shukla.jpgWhat do your fans say - good and bad?
Not following them too often. But they usually comment about a certain situation or something I said.
The kind of role you would love to see yourself in?
The current role on Balika was very demanding as it wasn't easy to replace Jagya. However, I would also love to do an action-oriented role.

Three things you do to look hot?
I am very regular with my workouts, never skip it. I have been actively involved in sports like cricket, football. I generally avoid late night and am regular with my eating habits. I've also turned vegetarian off late. I don't spend too much time on grooming, haven't even been using a comb, just use my fingers.

What makes your role interesting?
I have been trying to bring a new dimension into the serial, something very different from the actual storyline.

Your previous shows?
Jaane Pehchaane Se Ye Ajnabbi and Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na

Any new offers?
Too busy right now.

Your favourite co-star?
Having worked with Sanjeeda Sheikh and Pratyusha, I feel both are good.

The best and the worst critical comment you've got?
My earlier directors called and said I'm acting well.

Who are the other guys you think are hot?
Karan Wahi and Karan Singh Grover.

Do you have any fear or regret about the fact that you are recognised by the character you are playing?
People love my character and I'm the face they see every day. No regrets.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/1/Karan-Wahi.jpgKaran Wahi
Termed as one of the 'cutest face' on television, Karan Wahi's only brush with acting during school was the one off play that he did as a part of his co-curricular activity. His life only revolved around cricket, which he played professionally for Delhi in the under-16 category. As luck would have it, Karan's father asked him to go for one of the model hunt shows for which he got some portfolio shoots done. Shrishti Arya, the producer of Remix (an extremely popular show and one of the first to be aired on the now defunct channel, Star One) was in Delhi for auditions and asked Karan to come for an audition. After a successful audition, he soon found himself shifting to Mumbai and tasting stardom with Remix at the young age of 18. After about some eight years in the industry, Karan has not just matured both as a person and as an actor, but has managed to have a good female fan following too. His character Rohan in Kuch Toh Log Kahenge was also loved by everyone, after which he showcased his dancing skills on Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa and is now anchoring Nach Baliye, the dance show on Star Plus.

What do you think is your best feature?
Lot of people have complimented me on my smile and also for my cute boyish looks. Some say I have a great body while others swear by my innocent looks. I can just add that I'm a good dancer too!

What do your fans say - good and bad?
There are times when fans have commented that I did not give my best in a particular episode or even suggest the kind of roles I should pick up.

The kind of role you would love to see yourself in?
I want to try my hands at everything and not be typecast. Different things excite me at different times.

The three things you do to look hot?
I'm very particular about keeping myself fit. Fitness is not just about going to the gym, it means staying healthy, staying active in whichever way you want. I play a lot of sports, I eat everything and also eat out but I order intelligently, something like tandoori chicken which is better than butter chicken. But, there are also days when I happily binge without any guilt. Another important thing is to rest your body - without proper rest you can't be fit. Being groomed is always a plus point. I wear the right clothes and even go for regular massages to relax my body.

Your previous shows?
Remix, which will always be special to me, Dil Mill Gaye and Kuch Toh Log Kahenge. I also did one series of Teri Meri Love Stories.

Any new offers?
I hope to see myself on the big screen soon, but nothing concrete right now.

Your favourite co-star?
I have had a special bond with all my co-stars. I can relate with Kritika Kamra as I've known her for long. Similarly I've also worked opposite Drashti, and both of them are good.

One way in which you think you can improve?
I look at every serial as a new learning experience. It feels as if I have just started.

The best and the worst critical comment you've got
When I did Kuch Toh… several older women came and told me that I'm doing a great job.

Do you have any fear or regret about the fact that you are completely recognised by the character you are playing?
That's what showbiz is all about. No regrets.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/1/Gurmeet.jpgGurmeet Choudhary
Hailing from Bihar, Gurmeet was brought up in Punjab, Kashmir, Tripura and Jabalpur as his father was in the army. Gurmeet was always keen to get into acting and was also a model before joining TV. In 2006, Gurmeet debuted as a negative character in Indian television's first 3D TV series, Mayavi, a Tamil production for Jaya TV. His next appearance on television was as Lord Ram, for Ramayan, which made Gurmeet a recognisable face and his co-star on the show, Debina became his life partner too. Star One's Geet Hui Sabse Parayi further enhanced his popularity while the current serial Punar Vivaah as well as his win on Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa have made Gurmeet one of the most desirable stars on TV.

What do you think is your best feature?
I think it's my eyes. A lot of people comment about them.

What do your fans say - good and bad?
My fans are always commenting about my acting or my style in a particular episode while I get blasted for overworking and not taking care of my health at times.

The kind of role you would love to see yourself in?
An action oriented role where I could do some parkour perhaps.

The three things you do to look hot?
I am very regular with my fitness regime and ensure that I have only homemade food as far as possible. I try and lead a disciplined life and also maintain different looks for the different kind of work I do to achieve a certain amount of freshness.

What makes your role in Punar Vivaah interesting?
The serial brings to light the social issue that remarriage is possible. What makes my role interesting is the fact that my character has to go through this inner fight to accept the new wife by erasing the memory of the dead wife and then subsequently accepting her and falling in love.

Your previous shows?
Ramayan and Geet Hui Sabse Parayi.

Any new offers?
For me my next day is always a surprise. So keep guessing.

Your favourite co-star?
Debina, Sita in Ramayan and now my wife.

One way in which you think you can improve yourself?
There are loads of ways. Every day I feel that I'm better than yesterday.

The best and the worst critical comment you've got from someone from the industry?
The best comment came from Karan Johar, when he said I'm either mad or psycho or have a split personality, else how could I just transform into extremely different characters so easily.

Who are the other guys on TV that you think are hot?
Don't get to watch TV. Apurva Agnihotri for sure.

Do you have any fear or regret about the fact that you are completely recognised by the character you are playing?
Well, my name keeps changing every two years. But when people call me by a certain name, I understand that the person has been watching my show and that makes me feel good.


Vivian Dsena
Vivian Dsena started his career on TV with the show Kasam Se. He comes from a family of engineers and doctors and opted out of engineering to try his luck in the world of modelling, something that his mother was quite shocked to hear at that time. It was his role of a vampire in the serial Pyaar Ki Ek Kahaani that made Vivian a household name. Unfortunately, the popularity of the show on Star One was not reflected in the TRPs. In fact, it was his huge popularity on Pyaar Ki that worked in his favour and Vivian clinched the role of superstar RK in Madhubala, the show that currently airs on Colors.

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What do you think is your best feature?
Most people compliment me for my prominent jawline, my stubble and even my complexion. I also feel that people quite like my wide shoulders.

What your fans say - good and bad?
Honestly, I have never kept a track of what people say about me or my work. Whatever serial I am doing, I just believe in giving my 200 per cent on that. When I was doing Pyaar Ki Ek… people used to just call me vampire and were even scared of me. Even today, most of them still call me a vampire. Thankfully, a few of them refer to me as RK and ask me why am I always scaring poor Madhu!

The kind of role you would love to see yourself in?
I prefer to go with the flow and see where destiny takes me. At the same time, I must say that I have lucky to have had the chance of playing a variety of characters in my serials.

The three things you do to look hot?
While working for Pyaar Ki… I had maintained a very good physique as vampires are supposed to have lean bodies. However, the long shoots that continued late at night led to a lot of irregular eating that resulted in weight gain. For Madhubala, I was asked to lose weight but not muscle. I achieved the same by playing football some four times a week besides doing circuit training for the full body besides opting for a healthy diet. As far as grooming is concerned, I feel that one needs to definitely take care to look nice and proper in every aspect as most times people tend to idolise us.

What makes your role interesting?
RK is a superstar who is supposed to be idolised by everyone and he always gets what he wants. He is an intense, calculative and composed star who cares little for emotions and can even be ruthless to get his work done. In real life also, most of us want to be superstar, isn't it? A larger than life character.

Your previous shows?
I debuted with Kasam Se followed by Pyaar Ki Ek Kahaani.

Your favourite co-star?
It has to be Indresh Malik (Bittu ji) of Madhubala. As for female co-stars, I have been lucky to have had a very good relationship with all of them.

One way in which you think you can improve?
That's a secret. I will improve in areas where I feel I lack but that will be only for my knowledge.

The best and the worst critical comment you've got?
I had just started with Kasam Se and hardly knew anything about acting. Someone wrote "ab acting ka tag lag gaya hai to acting bhi kar lo". The best comment I got was from Saurabh Tiwari, the producer of Madhubala, who said that I'm acting better than his expectations.

Who are the other guys that you think are hot?
Karan Tacker, he looks good. Karan Wahi has a good body and even Gurmeet Choudhary has a good body.

Do you have any fear or regret about the fact that you are completely recognised by the character you're playing?
Not at all. I feel on top of the world whenever people appreciate my character as in effect it's me they are appreciating.


Barun Sobti
Model-turned-actor Barun Sobti started his acting career with the serial Shraddha on Star Plus but it is the just concluded serial Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?, that made him a household name. Playing the role of a business tycoon Arnav Singh Raizada, this Delhi boy has stolen many hearts with his good looks and soft demeanour. Even though he quit the show, his fans refused to accept another star instead of him and the serial had to be discontinued. A majority of Barun's female fans swear by his chiselled features and are happy to call him 'the most dashing guy on TV'. A lot of them feel happy with the fact that he keeps a stubble as that makes him look sexy.

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What do your fans say - good and bad?
Ask Barun about the kind of feedback he gets from his fans and he tells you sheepishly that he is quite disconnected as far as social media is concerned. "I believe that everyone has a right to have an opinion about things or people and fortunately I have been lucky to have heard usually good things about myself. However, I must admit that people can be quite critical about your role also," says the soft-spoken actor.

The kind of role you would love to see yourself in?
I'm an actor and it is not for me but for the writer to offer the best role to me. For me essaying that role to the best of my ability is more important. I have played both serious as well as lighter characters also and have been satisfied with both types.

The three things you do to look hot?
Nothing! I have been blessed with good genes and that's why irrespective of how much I eat, I still retain my lean look. On top of that, I have hardly worked out in the last one year that I was shooting for Iss Pyaar Ko… and also don't follow any particular diet. The only thing I do is to walk a lot. I am always walking, even on the sets when we are not shooting.

As far as grooming is concerned, Barun says that when he entered the industry, he was advised by everyone to look a certain way. But, he has never paid any attention towards creating a look for himself. "I never wear makeup or believe in using various products on my skin. The only thing I make sure to do is to keep my face sweat-free after every shoot and, yes, I do believe in smelling good. That's very important for me. Though in the serial I am always seen in very formal clothes, but my real style is very casual," reveals Barun.

What made the role of Arnav Raizada interesting?
The fact that Arnav didn't talk much and was not too keen to show his emotions worked best for me. He was a restrained romantic. Moreover, the fact that the role was written so well made it very interesting.

Your previous shows?
Shraddha, Baat Hamari Pakki Hai, and Dil Mill Gaye.

Any new offers?
I've already shot for my first film, Main Aur Mr Right with Shehnaz Treasurywalla.

Your favourite co-star?
No favourite in particular, I have enjoyed working with everyone.

One way in which you think you can improve?
That can happen only when I take time off from the regime of non-stop shoots and that's the reason why I decided to quit Iss Pyaar Ko...

Who are the other guys that you think are hot?
Both Karan Wahi and Karan Singh Grover are hot.

Do you have any fear or regret about the fact that you are completely recognised by the character you are playing?
No, it's the character that has made me famous. Thus, no regrets.

BOX: Television's most sought after God!

Mohit Raina
Born and brought up in Jammu, Mohit left Kashmir after graduating with a degree in commerce. While preparing to become a chartered accountant, he moved to Mumbai to pursue his acting dreams. Mohit first tried his hands at modelling with the Grasim Mr India and also worked in a comedy movie called Don Muthu Swami, however the film too didn't do well. In 2009, he did a TV show called Chehra, which was a suspense drama.

Currently, Mohit is the main lead in Nikhil Sinha's Devon Ke Dev - Mahadev, on Life OK. The series focuses on Lord Shiva and portrays his journey from a hermit to a householder through his marriage to Sati/Parvati. Unlike most mythological shows, this show has a great script, good background score, and outstanding performances, especially by Mohit. It's not a surprise thus, that he's one of the hottest men on TV right now.
From HT Brunch, January 13

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