Work is not an end in itself; there must always be time enough for love,” wrote American writer Robert Anson Heinlein in his book, Time Enough For Love. But it seems like many actors on the small screen don’t mirror this sentiment.
Even though stories of link-ups between TV actors are common, many of them have chosen to remain single, and most of them cite hectic work schedules as the reason.
“I am too focused on my work to think about anything else. I think being single is the best phase of your life. You can enjoy it to the fullest, and do what you want to do,” says Gauahar Khan, who is part of the small screen singles club, along with several other actors like Sakshi Tanwar, Mona Singh and Kavita Kaushik.
TV’s popular face Gautam Rode echoes a similar stance, saying, “With the kind of work we do, there is hardly any time to socialise or meet new people.”
Harshad Chopda, too, is currently focusing on his career. “I’m not completely settled in life to think about anything else but my career. I have been in relationships in the past, but none of them lasted, as they weren’t what I was looking for. I want someone who will make me a better person,” he says.
On the other hand, there are some who have no qualms about being single, and in fact, enjoy this status. Gautam Gulati, who earned himself a huge fan following by winning a popular reality show, is one such actor. Similarly, Karan Kundra, who was in a relationship with his co-star, Kritika Kamra, is happy being single, post his split. Karan Wahi, too, has played a lover boy in many TV shows, but has remained single in real life. “I like girls running after me. But I have always been single. They like me, as I am approachable,” he had earlier said, in an interview.
But some, even though ready to mingle, have been unable to find the perfect match. In an earlier interview, Sidharth Shukla told HT Café, “When I looked around, I didn’t find any (love).” Rode had also maintained that it’s not easy to find someone you would want to spend your life with. “It’s not about being surrounded by beautiful people; it’s about finding the right partner,” he added.
Break from the past
There are many others, who, after being in relationships, wish to now make the most of their singledom. Jennifer Winget, who recently ended her marriage with Karan Singh Grover, says, “I’m in the best phase of my life in terms of work opportunities. I’m only focusing on that.”
Similarly, after her nine-year-long relationship with Ssharad Malhotra ended this year, Divyanka Tripathi doesn’t want to give up her single status at least for a while. “I want to explore life. I have realised that life is not only about being in a relationship, but living it your way. I have to do so much that I didn’t do all these years,” she says.