It’s hard to make it big on TV now: Karan Wahi

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2015 16:11 IST

Karan Wahi became a popular name on TV when he made his acting debut with the show, Remix, 11 years ago. While the show ended in 2006, Karan’s next claim to fame became his character in the show, Dill Mill Gayye, in 2009. Post that, he established himself as a TV show host. As he is currently anchoring a reality show, Dance India Dance Super Moms 2, he discusses his career in TV and films, and more.

Why don’t we see you in fiction shows any longer? Does hosting fascinate you more?
I haven’t done fiction shows for three years because I’m not looking at doing constant work on TV. I like my shows to have a good run. But I am not bothered about ratings. The reasons for the success or failure of a show are different today. I have been anchoring for years now, and I love doing it.

Most TV actors today seek a career in films. What do you think of the trend?
I think it’s a brilliant move to venture into films. But I wouldn’t call it a higher or a lower step, as TV is big enough. It’s wonderful that the film fraternity is offering us good opportunities. A few years ago, models were preferred for film roles. But the trend has changed now. Even TV actors get movie offers. Small screen actors can act well, they come with their fan base, and it’s easier to market them.

You’ve spent 11 years in the industry. Do you think you have got your due?
I don’t know what that means. I am lucky to havegot a break in the industry without much effort. TV has become a vast medium, with many new channels and fresh faces. It’s hard to make it big on TV now. I have done primarily shows that appeal to the youth, and people have loved my work. So that’s success for me.

What’s happening with your film that features you as the lead?
We have shot for it, but we are looking for a good date to release it as all the Fridays are blocked. I hope it releases soon.

Though you are friendly with TV stars, you’ve never been linked with anyone.
I’m glad that’s the case. I’ve had serious relationships, but I have been single for four years now. People consider me friendly, and no one looks at me that way (romantically). People have stopped asking me about relationships.

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