Hiten Tejwani became popular on small screen when he played the male lead of the hit 2001 show, Kutumb. In the 14 years he has spent in the TV industry since, he has mostly done positive roles. Now, as the actor takes on the role of a noble lawyer in his latest show, Gangaa, he explains why he doesn't get bored of playing positive characters, and why he hasn't done a lead role in a while.
You are playing a positive character yet again. Aren't you bored of doing the same kind of roles?
Most characters on TV have similar characteristics, but there are always elements that make them different from each other. The challenge is to play a good person - a son, brother, father, husband, etc. - in a different way in each serial. One can experiment and give layers to a character. This lawyer's role in the new show felt different to me as I've not played something like that before. There is a lot of scope to act here, and that gives me creative satisfaction.
You have done pivotal roles and cameos in popular shows, but you haven't played a lead role like Ram Kapoor or Ronit Roy yet.
I think I am the lead in the new show as it is about my character and the little girl. Moreover, I love playing all kinds of roles, and working non-stop. I don't like long breaks. To get a lead role, I might have to wait for months to get the right show. Also, after a point, the lead ends up doing the same thing. But when I do other roles, I can experiment with the character.
You are visible on TV, but you maintain a low profile off screen. Why?
I don't like people to focus on my personal life. I believe your work should speak for you, and not appearances at parties and events. It doesn't make any sense to tell the world about what you are doing at home.