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‘I’m not doing films’

Actor Hiten Tejwani tells Rakshanda Hussain that he loves playing his characters on telly.

tv Updated: Apr 16, 2007 18:38 IST

From a brawny newcomer, to one of the most prominent faces on Indian tel evision, Hiten Tejwani has found a comfort zone. Better known as Karan Virani of Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, he’s a favourite with women across the boards.

After a dance stint with wife Gauri Pradhan on Nach Baliye 2, he also had a brush with cinema in a blink ‘n’ miss role in Anwar.

When did you first want to be an actor ?
I’m a born actor. I have been one all my life. But it wasn’t until college that I was placed in front of the camera.

At the time, I was merely 23 or 24 years old and had shot a couple of ads. My big break on TV came when I was 26.

Isn’t it too monotonous to play the same character for over three years?
Nope. In fact, I enjoy it. I couldn’t have asked for more. I think Karan’s character is well-written. It’s evolving with every episode. I don’t think it will ever become monotonous for me.

What’s your equation with the newbies?
Fantastic. We’re one big family.. not just on but also off the sets. We share the make-up rooms. It makes for a healthy work atmosphere.

Hasn’t TV been lucky for you?
Sure, it has. I met Gauri when we were shooting for a television commercial for a bath soap. Then we worked together in Kutumb and Kyunki.. the rest is history.

Television has been lucky for me professionally as well. It was a platform for making my mark. I think I’ve used it well to my advantage.

I believe you are also doing more films after Anwar.
Not really. I don’t know who’s spreading these rumours. Apart from Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, I’ll soon be seen doing a stint in Kasauti Zindagi Kay. I’m not doing films right now.

What do you do in the little spare time you get?
It depends on how much time I have. If I’m off for two- three days, I usually drive down to Pune with my wife. We love the place.