It’s been over a month since your show started. What’s the response to it?
Personally, I’m overwhelmed with the response. People have been kind. They like me.
Are you familiar with Lucknow?
I am. That was one of the main reasons I chose this show. My older sister is married and settled in Lucknow. Every time I visit my hometown Kanpur, I visit Lucknow too. I’m quite familiar with the dialect, the style of dressing and the way of life there. The show has helped me to revisit old memories. I’m doing everything on the show that I did as a collegian.
Several people in the industry feel that you imitate Abhishek Bachchan in Delhi 6.
I don’t think I can ever ape anyone. I’ve often heard people discussing that my way of enacting Abeer’s character reminds them of Abhishek Bachchan in Delhi 6. Honestly, I haven’t seen the film yet. So I can’t comment about my look or attitude being the same as his. I wear a half-sweater in the show, but I’ve worn it during my school and college days. Everyone in the north wears it. Even Shah Rukh Khan has worn a half-sweater in some of his films. That doesn’t mean he copied someone or someone imitated his style.
Abeer Bajpai’s initials also match Abhishek Bachchan’s. Still, you insist that you are not inspired?
Listen, this never crossed my mind. I was kicked about what I was getting into. Abeer Bajpai is not like Abhishek Bachchan at all. They are distinct from each other. Okay. Once again, you’re paired opposite a debutant, Yami Gautam. It’s quite surprising but I’m often paired with young newcomers. I think Yami is exceptionally pretty and a good actress. I’ve done several love stories. Love stories work well only if there’s great chemistry between the pair. I think Yami and I have great chemistry on screen. This works in our favour.
Are you aware that Rajita Sharma, the former creative head of the show, has filed a court case to get the show back?
As an actor, I don’t pay attention to what’s happening behind the scenes. I’m aware that Rajita was on the show for a while and then we were informed that she’s not associated with it show any more. We just know these things. There’s nothing more or less that we can do, right?
Your show, Love Ne Mila Di Jodi on Star One, is expected to go off air very soon. Are you disappointed?
One does feel the pinch because one is used to working with a certain bunch of actors. One is also used to the unit and its ways of working. Prithvi Saxena was very different from Abeer Bajpai. It was fun working on both the shows together. So, I will miss my show. In a way, I’m cool with it because I can dedicate the rest of my time to Yeh Pyaar Na Hoga Kam.
Why do you say that?
I’ve always worked on two shows at a time. And then, I’m never left with time for a social life. At times, I work for 21 hours a day. It’s hectic. I don’t mind working round the clock now because I live alone in the city. I’m an MBA. I know that a professional anywhere in Mumbai is bound to have a hectic work schedule.
I’m sure your girlfriend must be disappointed?
(Giggles) I need to have one. With my kind of working hours, even catching one movie a month is a big deal. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, yaar. (Sighs) I’ve had pretty co-actresses but none of the on-screen love stories turned real for me.