Ronit Roy is perhaps one of the few artistes who have successfully straddled TV as well as films. While his characters of Rishabh Bajaj in Ekta Kapoor’s Kasautii Zindagi Kay and Dharamraj Mahiyavanshi in Bandini are unforgettable, Ronit is set to associate with the producer again, after four years, on a TV show. It revolves around a divorced couple and how they raise their kids separately. In a candid chat, Ronit talks about his parenting skills, how he thinks divorce affects kids and more.
Unlike other popular TV stars who quit the small screen when they get substantial roles in films, you have juggled both mediums.
"I’m an actor for hire and I love doing TV and films. There’s no reason for me to quit the small screen and no filmmaker has ever asked me to do so. Moreover, I get films today because of TV. The excitement to do this show was because it is Ekta’s.
The show is about a divorced couple and their kids. Do you think life is difficult for such children?
I think it’s subjective and I might not be the right person to comment. But I feel that a child shares a special bond with his or her parents, and if one is missing, there is a void. Some children grow up hating the absentee parent. It also depends on the single parent, and whether he/she can fulfil the responsibilities of both. But it’s not only about divorce, as one parent could be deceased too. That doesn’t make the single parent a bad one.
How often do you keep in touch with your daughter, Ona (from your earlier marriage), who is now in the US?
I speak to her daily. But I don’t want to talk much about her as she doesn’t want to be in the limelight.
Do you see some changes in you after becoming a father?
You change as a person after having kids. Today, I live for my children. Considering that I went through a lot of struggles in my life, I want to make life easier for them. There is a lot in me that I don’t want to change as I feel like a child even today. I have a wild side that I want my kids to imbibe. I’m not a strict father; I’ve never yelled at my kids. I haven’t gone to a nightclub in fifteen years, as I like spending time with them.