Actor Anshul Pandey, who is portraying the role of Naman in the popular show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, is elated post the show’s five-year leap. He says he is happy as his character has gained importance once again as it turns negative post the leap. Hina Khan, too, is excited to play a modern mom on the show.
“I am happy with the leap as earlier I lost my action in the show. But now I am happy to get focused once again,” Anshul said in a statement.
The actor says he never had a problem when he got nothing much to essay in the Star Plus’ show. “Television shows have always been the same. It brings you in action and then gets you out giving a chance to the other cast members. So, I never had a problem even when I got nothing much to essay. I am happy that the channel and production team made me a part of the show,” he added.
Anshul, who will be seen essaying the character of an established and confident businessman, says his role has now turned negative. “I am the one who knows everything about Naira, but to take some kind of revenge from Akshara, I don’t tell anybody about her. The secret of Naira is kept between me and my wife Karishma,” he said.
There was a time when a streak of white hair denoted ageing of a character on the small screen. Not anymore, says actress Hina Khan, who is unmarried in real life but now essays a mother of two in TV show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. She says that in today’s society, people prefer to see actresses -- even in the role of an older character -- in a modern look. Hina, 27, started her journey in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai as a youngster named Akshara, in 2009. After a few forward leaps in the story, she is now seen in the role of a mother.
Asked whether she has any reservations by ageing like this on screen, Hina said: “Not at all. Times have changed. People don’t want to see artistes who are playing mothers’ role in those grey hair, which we used to do earlier. Those times have changed. In real life, also no one likes grey hair. Everyone wants to look younger and that is what we are showing. People’s thinking is becoming modern. They want to see us in that look”.
Hina has grown with the show, literally. “It has been a very good journey,” she said, and added: “It (the leaps in the show) has changed nothing in my character. I’m still what I was seven years back and still going strong. I’m very proud of all the leaps, twists and turns that have happened in our show. I’m happily welcoming them and I’m looking forward that it gives us good numbers.”
Has she ever felt bored of playing the same role for so long? “Of course, sometimes you do feel it is monotonous. I have never denied it... It happens and I think my producer understands that and he respects it”.
However, Hina says that fans are not going to see her playing a grandmother anytime soon. “Becoming a grandmother is too far. Now (with the latest leap of five years) people are going to see a story that they would have never imagined. I don’t think Naira (her onscreen daughter) is getting married any time soon, though I don’t have any problem playing a mother-in-law,” she said.
Apart from Hina, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai also features Karan Mehra, Rohan Mehra, Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan.
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