She’s as eccentric and fearless in person as she is on screen; he doesn’t leave a chance to crack you up; and the other ‘he’ is the new chocolate boy, named, quite aptly, Bhola Pandit.
The star cast of SAB TV’s popular comedy show, FIR — which recently completed 1,000 episodes — was in Chandigarh on Thursday to celebrate their successful journey. With the show for the past eight years, actors Kavita Kaushik and Gopi Bhalla, along with new male protagonist of the show, Vipul Roy, get chatty.
“Salman Khan’s character in Dabangg was inspired by my Haryanvi cop character on the show,” is he opening statement. You know instantly, this is going to be interesting.
Excited to be in Chandigarh, she tries to give our wits a tickle by saying, “On the way here, I tried to open the aircraft’s door to get a bird’s-eye view of the City Beautiful. But, was stopped just in time to save everyone’s life.”
Ms Kaushik’s brief break from the show this year resulted in a massive revolution by the viewers. The audiences sent their feedback to the channel, asking them to bring Chandramukhi Chautala back. “I never wanted to leave, but the channel asked me to and offered another show to make up. But, the experiment didn’t go down very well with the audience. I consider myself extremely lucky to be a part of FIR again,” says she.
Born and brought up in Delhi, Kaushik says aggressiveness comes to her naturally. “I am the daughter of a hot Bengali woman and a fiery Rajasthani man. So, aggressiveness is in my blood.”
Acting, however, happened to her by chance. As a kid, she wanted to be a rickshaw-puller. “I disliked studies. So, to make me study forcefully, my mother used to instill fear by saying I’d end up becoming a rickshaw-puller. I would agree to be one, as long as I didn’t have to study,” recalls she.
As lucky as Kaushik has been, the male leads of her show have not. So far, the show has witnessed three different male leads. The reason she gives is: “Not everyone is as hardworking as me and my co-actor Gopi. There is lot of hard work that goes into making a show and its characters; not everyone can pull it off,” she says.
Being offered Big Boss from the past several years, she says she has been rejecting the offer vehemently and is not in favour of such shows. “Yes, I have been offered it many times, but I don’t want anyone to see me when I wake up or brush my teeth. Besides, I don’t really appreciate such shows,” she tells us.
She would next be seen in Bollywood movie Democracy Private Limited, which is to be released in January 2014, and is being directed by Anirudh Chautala.
He recently won the Best Takiya Kalam Award for his dialogue ‘What is the problem is the’ and the Best Anokhi Chaal Award at SAB TV’s Anokhe awards.
The actor who has his roots set in Nabha (Patiala) has been with the show from the very first episode. After doing the movie, Mahual Theek Hai with late Jaspal Bhatti, the actor moved to Mumbai and has been living there ever since.
“I never imagined that my character and the show would be such a huge hit. All the hard work we put in is finally paying off,” says he, adding that it is extremely difficult for a comedy show to enter the 1,000-episode elite club. The actor also remembers to add that he is open to doing Punjabi cinema.
He is the new male lead in the show. Being ruled by a female protagonist for the past eight years, the show would now see the storyline get even more interesting, as Vipul and Kavita join forces against crime.
He was previously seen acting and anchoring a number of TV shows and is now trying his hand at light-hearted comedy. Essaying the role of senior inspector Bhola Pandit, he will be seen portraying a character that leaves people stunned with his principles.