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HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Fatherhood kept Iqbal Khan away from television

Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 26, 2013
First Published: 17:10 IST(26/10/2013) | Last Updated: 17:58 IST(26/10/2013)

If you think you can catch actor Iqbal Khan off-guard by probing him about the reason behind his absence from television for more than a year now, you are mistaken, because this actor is very sure about what he’s doing and why.

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“I have a daughter, who’s just turned two so I deliberately took a sabbatical after her birth to give her more time. Taking care of a baby can’t only be a mother’s responsibility,” says the Jammu-born actor in his impressive baritone.

The 32-year-old, who was last seen in the family drama Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli will now be seen playing the lead, Anshuman in Life Ok’s upcoming show, Tumhari Paakhi that starts in November.

Ask Khan about the grey shades of his role and he says, “I wouldn’t call it grey. Anshuman’s character is very real and that’s what attracted me. He’s not a fake goody-goody type, he’s got his mood swings, he gets mad sometimes... in real life too one cannot be happy all the time,” says Khan, who had recently rejected several prominent roles such as the older version of Maharana Pratap and another prominent character on an ongoing TV show.

“If I took up these roles, I’d have to stay out of station for months together because their shoots do not happen in Mumbai and with a two-year-old daughter, I can’t afford to stay away from my family for such a long time,” says Khan, who also rejected offers from Nach Baliye and even Bigg Boss. “As for Bigg Boss, I cannot live with 100 CCTVs monitoring my personal life all the time. And Nach Baliye I rejected because I may be an entertainer but my family is not here to entertain people,” he signs off.

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