Unlike Bollywood, on television, one hardly comes across actors who go to great lengths to prepare for a role.
But Ashish Sharma is an exception. Apart from working on his physique to fit the role of a military officer in his latest show, Rangrasiya, Ashish has also worked hard to get into the skin of his rather challenging character.
The result is his sizzling chemistry with co-star Sanaya Irani. And this has, not surprisingly, set the tone for the show. In this interview, he talks about all this and more.
Sanaya is already a star. Do you fear she will overshadow you?
She is an extremely popular TV star. But she’s friendly and doesn’t have a star aura around her. It’s easy to work with her. I’ve never felt that she will overshadow me.
You both share great chemistry. What do you think is the reason behind it?
If two actors can communicate well during a scene, it works and makes for good chemistry. It’s more than just hanging around on the sets.
Although you’ve had hit shows, do you think popularity has evaded you?
There’ll always be a difference between a star and an actor. I’ve nothing against stars. They’ve earned it and deserve it. I’m happy being just an actor. When I came to Mumbai, I only wanted to be an actor and my approach hasn’t digressed over the years. I never really hoped to be in the limelight or wanted to be a star.
Does your wife (Archana Taide) like your new look with the moustache?
She doesn’t like it at all. But now she’s made her peace with it. When I get into the shoes of any character, I work on getting the perfect look. For this role, I needed a desolate look and it meant staring into space for a long time. That drives her crazy too. But she’s used to all the crazy stuff I do for my roles. (laughs)
Your show competes with your wife’s show, Qubool Hai, in the same slot. What do you think of it?
Qubool Hai has a different audience. It has been on air for over a year. We have just started, so there’s no competition as such.
A question you have been asked numerous times?
An actor you feel is popular?
A habit you want to get rid of?
A show you like on TV currently?
What kind of shows do you want to see on TV?