Producers Shashi and Sumit Mittal are back with another show that has an interesting concept. After the hit Diya Aur Baati Hum, which is about a husband supporting his wife’s dream of becoming an IAS officer, they are making Khubsoorat, inspired by the popular fairy tale Beauty And The Beast, and hit film Saajan (1981). In the latter, Sanjay Dutt played a cripple who hides his true identity due to his handicap.
Actor Rohit Khurrana of Uttaran fame has been roped in to play the lead role of the beast, named Madhav. “He is beautiful in his thoughts and behaviour,” says Rohit about his character. “The other two characters are Rahul (Abhishek Malik), who is the cool dude, full of mischief and Aaradhya (Soumya Seth) — a sweet, vivacious girl. The germ of the plot has come from Beauty And The Beast because Madhav is not a good-looking guy. He has a dark complexion and marks and scars from chicken pox. Because of that, he lacks self-confidence and gets nervous while talking to people.”
For the new Sony show, Rohit might have a very different look, but his trademark beard remains intact. “I don’t think I look as bad as Madhav. The long hair and my beard, though cropped short, give me a rugged look. If I get a clean shave, I will look like a college-goer. But I have to say, looking bad is very tough,” laughs the actor.
Having played negative characters in his earlier shows, Uttaran and Maayke Se Bandhi Dor, Rohit adds that he’s looking forward to playing a positive, romantic role this time. “Earlier, I’ve played grey characters which the audiences loved to hate. Now, I feel, it’s time for a change. Though I play a really nice guy, the role has many shades.”