It’s been over a month since your TV show started. What’s the response to it?
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 reasons I chose this show. My sister is settled in Lucknow. Every time I visit my hometown Kanpur, I visit Lucknow too. I’m quite familiar with the dialect and the way of life there. The show has helped me to revisit old memories.
The audience feels that you imitate Abhishek Bachchan in Delhi 6.
I don’t think I can ever ape anyone. People say that my way of enacting Abeer’s character reminds them of Abhishek Bachchan in Delhi 6. Honestly, I haven’t seen the film. 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 his films. That doesn’t mean he copied someone.
You’re paired with a debutant, Yami...
It’s quite surprising, but I’m often paired with newcomers. I think Yami Gautam is an exceptionally pretty and good actress. Love stories work well only if there’s good chemistry between the pair. Yami and I have great chemistry on screen.
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 a part of it any more. But there’s nothing we can do about it.
Your other show, Love Ne Mila Di Jodi, is expected to go off air soon. Disappointed?
It does pinch because I’m used to working with a group of people. But I’m cool with it because I can dedicate the rest of my time to Yeh Pyaar Na Hoga Kam.