Varun Badola is upbeat about his new show, Ajeeb, a medical thriller, in which he plays a guy on his deathbed. The series will also feature Tanaaz and Bakthyar Iraani, Sakshi Tanwar and Shweta Tiwari.
Their stories will be intertwined with the love story between the leads, Aarti Thakur and Vishal Watwani. Varun took up the 9X bi-weekly mainly because of his ties with producer Bonnie Jain.
The actor agrees that hospital sagas Ayushmann and Dhadkan haven’t worked in the past. “Still, there is a niche segment that enjoys shows other than saas bahu on television,” he adds.
Varun is pleased that his cameo in Sahara One’s Ghar Ek Sapna has turned into a full-fledged role. Will he continue with the show? “You never know. One fine day I may quit,” he laughs.
Here and there
The actor is happy doing a few roles here and there. That way, he believes, he won’t be stuck in a particular image. “I can present myself in a new avatar every time I do a show.” Speaking of Aek Chabhi Hai Padoss Mein, Varun blames the channel for badly promoting it.
The actor who became popular after Banegi Apni Baat and Koshish...Ek Asha, claims he couldn’t be bothered about TRPs. “I take on shows only because I like them.”
He recently tried his hand at reality again with Yeh Hai Jalwa, but it didn’t last beyond the first round. He wouldn’t mind doing another reality show, provided wife Rajeshwari Sachdev is his partner.