Actor Iqbal Khan isn’t one to mince words. Clear about his terms and agendas in life, this TV star is nonchalant about things he doesn’t give a damn about.
Concise and straightforward, the 36-year-old, who has been part of shows like Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai and Tumhari Pakhi, talks about not kissing on TV, how TV is his zone, and how actors should be flexible to pull off any role.
A lot of your contemporaries are now doing web series and short films. What’s your take on them?
I am slightly handicapped when it comes to technology. I haven’t seen many, so whatever little bit I know about web series is that it’s cool to do them to fulfil your creative urge. But at the end of the day, I am a commercial TV actor and TV serials are my zone.
What do you think about actors flaunting their body on screen?
I don’t want to do it just for the heck of it. I don’t want to be slotted as an actor who has a good body. I love keeping fit, and I can take off my shirt anytime and look good. That’s the easy part as I workout regularly. But I feel there are some roles that require you to look ordinary, without bulging biceps. If I am only considered an actor who has a good physique, I might lose out on roles that makers feel my body isn’t fit for. An actor should be flexible looking to fit any role.
Are you comfortable doing intimate scenes for a show?
TV is primarily viewed by families, and there is a fine line that one should draw at the intimate scenes. However, there is a film, I did 15 years ago, which had a kissing scene, and frankly speaking I am not proud of it. I won’t do a kissing scene ever again. On TV, I don’t mind romancing, I won’t go overboard with the intimate scenes.