Kushal Tandon rose to fame in 2011 with his debut TV show — Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. In 2013, he appeared on Bigg Boss 7. After that, the actor considered taking up films, but his plans fell through. He will soon be seen in a TV show, Behad, which will also star Jennifer Winget. Here, he tells us why he decided against taking up a random Bollywood project, and how he has no regrets in life.
You haven’t been seen on a TV show in two years. What kept you busy?
I had been working non-stop for four years. So, I took a break for over a year. I wanted to sign some movies, but I wasn’t happy with the offers I was receiving. Some of my contemporaries acted in the same movies that were offered to me, and I saw the result. I then decided that I would rather be an A-lister on TV than take up a movie just for the sake of it. I will be back with a cool new show now.
Does coming back after a long break make you anxious?
I haven’t worked for two years. Kaam karne ki aadat nahi rahi hai (I am not used to working now) (laughs). It will be tough initially, but it will get better. I have taken up a finite series; the subject is exciting. I play a character who is a go-getter and a charmer. He wants to be like Shah Rukh Khan. The character is similar to the person I am in real life. However, he is talkative; I’m not. I am ambitious and a go-getter, but I believe in hustling smartly.
What went wrong with the film you signed last year?
I had signed two-three movies. But due to creative issues with the producers, they fell through. I am particular about content. I wanted a few changes. I want to be seen in a film that has a good script.
You were in the news for your relationship and your break-up with Gauahar Khan. How do you look back at that phase?
I believe in looking forward. Everything happens for a reason. Whatever I did, I chose to do it. I don’t have any regrets in life. I learn from my mistakes and move on.
Is it possible to remain friends with an ex-girlfriend?
It is possible, but we (Gauahar) are not friends. I don’t want to be friends. I am friends with two of my former girlfriends though.