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'Soaps have become regressive'

TV actor Manav Gohil, who's all set to make his B'wood debut, tells Bidisha Singh that he hasn't quit the tube.

tv Updated: Jul 22, 2008 12:42 IST
Bidisha Singha

Let's start with your debut film Bhanvraa?
(Pause) Well, it's a love story.

Is that a clichéd answer?
Yes it is.

Anyway, continue.
(Smiles) It's almost complete. We've finished shooting for it and even the dubbing is over. The music will be released this month.

That sounded like a press release.
Ha ha. Okay, the easiest way to describe it would be to say that it's the story of four individuals.. and that includes me.

Reportedly, it's a copy of the Hollywood film, Closer.
Bhanvraa is nowhere close to Closer. I've seen the film.

Which one - Bhanvraa or Closer?
Both. And there's no resemblance.

Don't you think you should have had made your debut in a solo-hero project?
I wish. But solo-hero projects demand more responsibility . It's tough to carry the film on your shoulders alone.
Besides, when I was approached for Bhanvraa a year ago, I wasn't even thinking of a movie career. I was pleasantly surprised to be picked up for a Dharmesh Darshan film.

What prompted Darshan to opt for TV actors?
From what I know, Dharmesh had done a survey of the TV industry and has spoken to industry sources.

My reputation worked in my favour. He had heard about my performances and professionalism.. and zeroed in on me.

Your co-stars, Sangeeta Ghosh and Shveta Salve, are doing some hot numbers. What about you?
(Smiles) There is a particular chunk for which I have shed my inhibitions. The scenes were shot in the Bahamas.

You must worked hard on your physique then?
Yeah, I learnt Muay Thai, which is a tougher version of kickboxing. But no gymming.

Is it bye bye to television then?
I can't say I won't be back on TV because I need to promote my film. Television is a growing medium and there's not much of a difference between TV and films today .

Oh, so you'll appear on the tube only to promote Bhanvraa?
I didn't say that. But you just did.. (Smiles) What I meant is that there is a thin line between TV and films these days. And I'll be doing both.

Even daily soaps?
No, not those. Soaps have become regressive. It's not for you and me anymore. They reek of failure, and I don't want to think of failure right now.

That's rather pompous..
No.. I'm not being pompous. I have killed myself working in soaps. There's a saturation point for everything.

Okay.. is it the same with your wife, Shweta Kawatra?
Yes, she's being picky . But you'll soon see her in a new fiction show. She's also doing Bollywood Biographies. But at the moment power yoga is taking most of her time.