Rithvik Dhanjani’s TV career has seen the kind of trajectory that not many actors can boast of.
From a supporting role in Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani to playing the lead in Pavitra Rishta (PV) and hosting Yeh Hai Aashiqui (YHA), he has witnessed a meteoric rise to fame in the past three years.
Currently, the young actor — known to be Ekta Kapoor protégé — is competing in the popular dance reality show, Nach Baliye (NB), with girlfriend Asha Negi. In this interview, he talks about his relationship and his career plans.
How do you juggle three shows?
It’s difficult. But I’m not picking any random projects. NB was for Asha as I wanted her to be in a reality (show) space. I love being an anchor, as it gives you a chance to be yourself. Right now, I can do multiple things. I won’t be able to do all this when I’m 40.
Are films next?
Yes, I’d like to be part of out-of-the-box films like Shahid. I see myself in being part of realistic cinema.
When you finally admitted to dating Asha, were you anxious about public judgment, as rumours of you dating had been around for a while?
We knew people would say ‘They were just pretending, but we knew all along.’ Rumours never bothered me.
You couldn’t win Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Is the desire to win a driving force for you to be in another dance reality show now?
I took up the show because I wanted people to know Asha. With her, I hope to achieve it (victory) this time. But there’s too much pressure. In the first episode, we had a difficult dance routine. While performing, we banged into each other and hurt ourselves. I don’t want to relive that moment. But it also showed us the depth of our feelings for each other.
What are you most insecure about in this relationship?
We both have a temper. She has a short fuse, while I stay angry for a longer time. I hope nothing ever comes between us. This relationship is serious for me.
What about marriage plans?
There are no plans for at least the next four-five years. Right now, I want to do a lot for my parents.
A question you have been asked numerous times?: ‘Are you dating Asha?’
Your current favourite TV show?: 24, as it has brought about a revolution in the TV industry. It meets international standard and has given to TV a new level, just like when Ekta (Kapoor) made shows like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii.
Actors who you feel are popular?: Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor. One can’t ever get tired of watching them.
What kind of TV shows would you like to see?: I would love to see shows like Lost, 90210, Gossip Girl on Indian TV. Or perhaps something like Games Of Thrones, where one can talk about Harappan culture or Medieval India perhaps.
A habit you want to get rid of?: I can’t resist sweets. My trainer threatens to kill me everytime I eat sweets.