Anas Rashid is in a happy place. He is thrilled to be part of the successful show, Diya Aur Baati Hum, which has been running for the past five years, and has crossed 1,400 episodes. It’s by far the biggest success of his career. The 38-year-old actor talks about how his character changed him, his alleged ex-girlfriend, Rati Pandey, looking for a love match, and why he thinks marriage is a contract.
The ratings of your show have been sliding over the last year. Reports say that it might wind up in August. Is that true?
Everything has to end and it’s painful to think about the end of your show, but I have not been told anything about it. Even if our show ends this year, I hope that it goes out with a bang.
Would you say it has been the most successful show in your career?
Absolutely. The show and my character have impacted my life too. I have become calmer, patient, and dedicated. I have also developed the virtues of being a leader.
It was reported that there have been issues on the sets due to your tantrums.
I love rumours as they keep me in the news. I love to read such stories. I don’t mind people calling me a tantrum king (laughs). I won’t say that I am a superstar, but if you read biographies of superstars, you will notice that they all were known for throwing tantrums.
Your personal life, too, has kept you in the news. Apparently, actor Rati Pandey and you called it quits recently.
TV demands a lot of time. Rati is a good girl, but for the last couple of months, I haven’t been in touch with her. Whatever happened, has happened for her betterment and my family’s betterment.
Would you prefer a love or an arranged marriage?
I want to get married, and my ammi (mom) wants me to get married soon. I am 38, and like they say, “Dulha hansta hua achcha lagta hai, khansta hua nahin” (a groom should be smiling not coughing). I tell my parents that I don’t have the time to search for a girl. But I would prefer a love match. Marriage is a contract, as kundalis are matched, the boy’s finances are looked at, and other things are taken into considerations. So, let’s see who do I end up signing the contract with? (laughs).