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I have nothing to hide, says TV actor Iqbal Khan

tv Updated: Jul 02, 2016 16:21 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
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Calm and concise, the 36-year-old talks about why he does not stress about ratings, and why he has no regrets about his career.

Iqbal Khan doesn’t mince words. The actor says he doesn’t want to portray a false image of himself. He is clear about what he aims to achieve and is nonchalant about things he doesn’t care about. Calm and concise, the 36-year-old talks about why he does not stress about ratings, and why he has no regrets about his career.

Your salt-and-pepper look has got a lot of attention on social media in the past couple of months.

Most of my roles need me to be clean-shaven. But after a show is over, I grow a beard. This time, I cut my hair short due to the heat. I have grey hair and I didn’t colour them for my last show. People noticed it. I started greying when I was 22, and it didn’t matter to me. I don’t want people to suddenly see the real me and get a shock. What you see is what you get. I have nothing to hide.

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Do you get nervous when you start work on a new show?

I don’t. I have become calm and have accepted that certain things, like ratings, are not in my hands. What I can do is work hard and give it my best shot. Earlier, I would get stressed, develop ulcers and get acid reflux by thinking and worrying about work. But I don’t stress anymore.

You have worked across films and TV. Do you want to pursue theatre too?

I got the germ of acting from a play called Karan — The Son Of Surya, which I had done at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. I played Karan in it. That was my only connect to theatre. Then I shifted to Mumbai and it was about survival here. I didn’t come from a family that could send me to New York City (USA) to study acting. I had to pay bills. Given a chance, I would have loved to explore theatre more. But I also don’t regret the choices I made in my career. This job taught me a lot and God has been kind.

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