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Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, December 21, 2012
Barun Sobti’s abrupt exit from his hit TV show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon made news and, today, weeks after the show has gone off air, he maintains he quit because he wanted a break. He insists that although he has signed on a new film, he won’t be working at all for the next five months.

How do you look back at your exit from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
I left the show simply because I wanted a break. I wanted some personal time. But it was made out to be something else. I have been spending all my time with family lately. They were extremely upset that I haven’t been able to be with them in the last couple of years.
 
What’s been the feedback on the show going off air?
I actually met a few friends the other day, and everyone was discussing the same thing. I realised no one knew exactly what I want. Every time I tried to explain, my words were misunderstood. I kept saying I wanted personal time as I had been working for long, and that was the sole reason. I am free for the next five months but people still think I left for a movie role. I think only my wife understands me. 

You sound hurt…
I don’t expect anything from anyone. I am a simple guy, but the way I am being projected is so different. I don’t feel the need to justify myself. I have decided to let things go as I have to carry on working. I have come out of this feeling more thankful to my audience for their love and support. Words can’t express how grateful I am.