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I love being the underdog: Eijaz Khan

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 18, 2013
First Published: 11:54 IST(18/11/2013) | Last Updated: 11:59 IST(18/11/2013)

Having returned to TV after almost five years, Eijaz Khan has now vowed never to stick to just one medium — he wants to continue to pursue a  career in both TV and films with equal zest. But with his stint in Punar Vivaah 2 coming to an end as the show goes off air this month, the actor is upset about rumours that it is being pulled off due to low ratings.

In this interview, he clears the air around that speculation. He also tells us about his long-distance relationship. 

Your second innings on TV, with Diya Aur Baati Hum (DABH) and Punar Vivaah 2 (PV), has given you good visibility.
DABH was a good experience. And when I took on PV in August, I knew it wasn’t faring as expected, but I love being the underdog and taking on a challenge. As far as my innings, I don’t know how many I’ve had till now. Now that PV is ending, it’s unfair to say that low ratings were the reason. When I entered, they were low; today we have doubled that figure.

Do you regret switching to films and not doing TV at all in between?
I have no regrets. But now I’ve made up my mind to juggle different mediums. Doing a TV show gives you a lot of much visibility. But in films, one gets to experiment with various roles.

How did it feel to return to TV after five years?
I felt transformed in some way. I was away for a long time and some of my films didn’t release or was delayed. I accepted that everything that happens is for a reason.

You play the lead for the first time in Lucky Kabootar. How does it feel?
It’s a different high to have your own songs to dance to.  But I’ll also get the brickbats if it doesn’t work.

You have been dating Natalie (Di Luccio; singer) for two years. Any plans of getting married?
I’ll be going to her hometown in Canada in December will spend Christmas with her family. As for marriage, I’ve conveyed to her parents that I have honourable intentions. We’ll take one step at a time.

Quick Five
A question you have been asked numerous times?
‘Are you single?’

Any memorable scene you have enacted on TV?
Once in Kavyanjali, I was doing a scene with Amrita Singh, and she had to face away from me and the camera. But every time I said my dialogues, she would cry though she wasn’t supposed to. She was so moved. 

Your current favourite TV show?
Comedy Nights With Kapil and FIR. Both are very funny. I try to watch them whenever I can.

An actor who you feel is popular?
Gautam Rode is doing a fabulous job in Saraswatichandra. He hasn’t aged in the last 14 years that I’ve known him.

What kind of TV shows would you like to see?
Children’s shows that deal with kids’ issues in mature ways. Such shows, if made, can be very realistic, as today, kids are quite intelligent and aware about the world.

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