After waiting for nine months, why did you sign on a woman-oriented show?
I agree it is a woman-oriented show, but I have a pivotal role to play in it. I didn’t think twice before signing it. My character is called Mihir. He is the second sister’s husband. I’ve never played a character like this one before because this one has depth, lots of shades and it’s central for the story.
Apparently, with a twist in the story, you would end up marrying the older sister Purva?
(Giggles) Listen, I don’t think I can reveal anything now, because one sentence can tell the entire plot. I can only tell you that there are serious circumstances that keep me deeply involved with my wife’s family on the show.
I’m sure this wasn’t the only offer?
There were several more, short term and long term shows. But I had promised my wife that I would take her out for a vacation after Nach Baliye 4 ended. So, we took off for a long break. When I started getting the offers, I didn’t get the right vibes from most of them. Some just didn’t go beyond a few meetings.
When this offer came by, I felt positive about it. It came from Hats Off, a production house I wanted to work with. The show was for Star Plus and I’ve done shows with them before. I was sure that what’s on paper will be on the tube too.
Don’t you think men hardly have a part in the soaps these days?
Men also play an important part yaar. They have to be around to push the story forward. A show can’t just run with women on board.
Being a Punjabi, was it difficult for you to learn the mannerisms of a Gujarati boy?
My producers are Gujaratis. I just took everything from them. I even learnt the pronunciations of certain words from them. It was not a task because as an actor, I end up playing so many different people. This should come easy to an actor.
Okay. Apparently, you have a soft corner for auto-magazines?
I love every magazine on cars. I stash them in my loo, my bedroom, my drawing room and also my car. If I were to host a show, I would love for it to be on cars. I can grow old with that show.
Weren’t you supposed to host a reality show?
There was an offer to host a show. Without revealing too much, I’ll just say that I didn’t want to take it on because it would take away three months of my life and I wouldn’t be able to do what I want to do, which is acting. I would love to host a show but only if it doesn’t eat into my personal life.
Any more dailies lined-up?
I can’t handle two dailies together. I want a life. There was an interesting show that came my way shortly after I signed this one, but I refused to do it. I also had offers to join an on-going show but I didn’t want to enter something that’s already on air.