Telly actor Sanaya Irani (above) will soon be back on TV, with a new show, Rangrasiya. Having put her previous flop TV outing Chhanchhan behind her, she says she’s learnt lessons from both success and failure.
Confident of her new show, she is undaunted about competing with boyfriend Mohit Sehgal as his show Qubool Hai will clash with hers in the same time slot.
Is it true that Rangrasiya has been inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello?
It depicts the destructive nature of love. When Ashish (Sharma, co-star) was briefed about his character, he was given the reference of Othello to help him relate to the intensity of the character.
Do you sense competition with Mohit as your shows will air at the same time?
Well, I’ve told him that I am going to take him down (laughs).
Post Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, people seem to expect a reprised version of your popular character Khushi
I’m happy that people love me that way. I accept love in whichever form it comes, even if it is as Khushi. Obviously people have loved me as Khushi as perhaps that was my biggest show. But people also recall my other roles, Gunjan and Chhanchhan.
Have you put the failure of Chhanchhan behind you?
You learn a lot from every show, and I had my share of learning with Chhanchhan. I don’t consider it a bad patch in my life. Whatever happened on Chhanchhan happened for a reason and it had to end because I had to do Rangrasiya.
It was lovely to see you support Drashti Dhami on a reality show. How did the two of you become friends?
Both of us find it weird to talk about our friendship. We’re like any ordinary human beings who are friends. We do things that normal friends do. We met during our college days and have been friends since.
What do you think of Mohit’s role in Qubool Hai?
I have watched the show and I really liked him on the show. I’m happy he is doing something he likes.