Shameem Khan interviews telly actor Cezanne Khan.
Your role as Anurag Basu in Kasautii Zindagi Kay was a hit with the viewers. Why did you quit?
I did enjoy my stint with the show. But, I simply couldn't continue with Kasautii.. any longer. A year ago, I had opposed the first generation leap in the storyline.
I was asked to play the role of a father to youngsters who are of my age. I don't look like a 50-year-old by any stretch of imagination, do I?
Still, I stuck on because the show did give me unprecedented popularity But the second 20-year . generation leap was stretching things too far. It was out of the question.. so, I quit.
From April, you have quit Balaji Telefilms..right?
Yes. Initially, my plan was to quit in January but the generation leap was postponed to April. Ektaa (Kapoor) asked me to stay back ..I had no issues with that.
Were your problems with co-star Shweta Tiwari another reason for quitting?
No. I don't mix personal and professional decisions. Besides, I have nothing against Shweta. There are rumours of a comeback … Not that I know of. I will never return to Kasautii...
So, what's next?
I haven't made any plans. There were a couple of offers, but they didn't interest me. Sony had planned a show with me opposite Aamna Shariff, but it didn't materialise.
I'm just making good use of my break. I went on a holiday to Karachi. I had a lovely time with my cousins there. I've just returned. I'll consider the options now.
You're friendly with Sony's creative director Sandiip Sikcand. Is there a show in the offing with the channel?
I do know Sandiip but I can't say that we're thick pals. There is no question of playing favourites with a channel.
Does that include a show with Balaji?
Why not? The production house or channel doesn't matter..it could be a social drama or a thriller. I'm just looking for interesting roles.
Tell us about your Pakistani show?
It's called Silsile Chahat Ke. I play a double role in it. I've been shooting in Dubai for it since the past six months. It will be on air in a month. I can't divulge the story, but it's going to be a rocking show.