After Shah Rukh Khan in Fauji, if there’s any man in uniform on the small screen who could make women swoon and blush, it has to be Rudra Pratap Ranaut alias Ashish Sharma. Although the Jaipur boy is far from the angry brat he portrays on screen, he admits to being the brooding man in real life, too. While on one hand he is rehearsing to bag the top slot in an ongoing dance reality show, the wrap-up shoot for his popular tele-drama is also at its peak. Amid his tough schedule, we caught up with the 30-year-old. Excerpts:
Are you upset about your show ending?
Well, it was a surprise for us, too. I am sure there has been some research by the team before taking this decision. So, I guess the makers have some logical reason behind taking this step.
Both, your dance show and the daily soap, are ending this month. What next?
My body is physically dead (laughs)! Last few months, I’ve been working for almost 24 hours … I had multiple injuries during the dance ­rehearsals. So, now, I’m not ­thinking of work for the next two-three months. I’ll take a break and some physiotherapy sessions, may be (laughs).
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I want to focus more on the ­production now. I’ve been producing regional shows so far. I plan to foray into the major Hindi channels too. In fact, not just TV, I even want to produce Bollywood films.
Turning 30, how does it feel?
Oh, it’s good. Archana (wife) threw a surprise birthday bash, and then fans from across the world wished me. It was quite ­overwhelming.
Your best friend and ­biggest critique?
Best friend — my wife. Biggest critique — my dad. He’d always call me if he likes a particular ­episode.
Your secret to a happy ­marriage?
Keep silent. Always say ‘yes’ (laughs).