Hussain Kuwajerwala became a household name with the TV show, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. After numerous hosting assignments, the actor, who was last seen in the serial, Kumkum (that ended in 2009), has now signed a daily soap. Here, he talks about his career choices and how he follows his gut instinct.
What made you return to a daily soap after such a long gap?
It’s exciting. I wanted to work with producers Aatish (Kapadia) and JD (Majethia), who have made shows like Khichdi and Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, among others, both of which I loved. So when Aatish offered me the show, which he is writing and directing, there was no reason to turn it down. It will be a slice-of-life story with an element of comedy.
You will be acting on the small screen after a while. Are you feeling nervous or excited?
I wanted to do a daily show for a while, so I am excited. But we haven’t started shooting yet. I have been working non-stop for the past six years. I did a Broadway-style play in Delhi. I was acting in it. It wasn’t in front of a camera, but a live audience. So, there hasn’t been a huge gap for me.
Being an established actor, there are certain expectations the audience has of you. Does that make it hard for you to take up certain roles?
It depends on what you want. I have been working for a while, but I’ve never had a career strategy. Doing the musical was a huge risk, as I was in Delhi most of the time. It worked, but the movie (Shree, 2013) I chose to do later, didn’t. No one can predict the success or failure of a project. I had the freedom of choice, and I chose to do the musical and host reality shows.
So, I wouldn’t say there is a dearth of good roles. You have to go with your gut instinct. I believe in being happy about what you are doing in life, the rest works itself out.