Karan Tacker, with his chocolate boy image, has become quite the heartthrob. He rose to fame with Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, opposite Krystal D’Souza. After a brief role in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, he appeared in the highest TRP-grossers on TV, thus being hailed as the next big thing and winning numerous awards and accolades.
He last appeared in The Voice (2015) as a host. In a candid chat, he confides in us about his love for Delhi and dancing, his fear, dealing with rumours and his foray into Bollywood.
What is it about Delhi that you love the most?
The food! The food, man! The street food is amazing here. And the girls! The girls in Delhi are really beautiful. I love them.
So what are your favourite restaurants or cafes in Delhi?
I love a few chaat places in Delhi. I love the golgappas from GK2 and roadside aaloo chaat and kulche chole. I also love Alkauser. Street food is not that good in Bombay.
You had really enjoyed your lunch in the Aarey Milk Colony with the tribal people. How was the experience?
They are definitely very poor. And you know, they don’t have all these basic amenities that they need. It was really nice cooking and having lunch with them.
A host. An actor. A dancer. You are already hailed as a versatile artist. How does that feel?
It feels fantastic. I think these are the three basic attributes that all actors must have. You got to be a good host in general. Initially, I used to be really scared of dancing, until Jhalak. I absolutely love it now. I got a chance to showcase my talent in Jhalak. So I think Jhalak really helped me.
Coming to TV, which one do you think has been your most memorable performance?
I really can’t choose one. (All the characters have been special and close to his heart)
You have a phobia for heights. In the Gold Awards, you recently jumped off a 15 feet high area as a part of your performance. How tough do you think is it for an actor to push the envelope and do something that is quite not in this comfort zone?
Yeah yeah, I have (a phobia of heights). I still can’t look down my terrace if I have to. But when it comes to work, I don’t know what happens, but all the actors just become suddenly very junooni. So when they told me that I need to jump off basically a 15 feet height at the starting of my act without harness, I was damn scared, man! I was shit scared. But because at times, there is so much riding on you and people expect that out of you..Your choreographers expect it, your directors are expecting it so you also expect that plans materialize. The funny part is that, you know, I thought it will be done in one take but I ended up doing like couple of them for them to get it right. But it was fun at the end of it. Eventually, I had to get rid of this phobia of heights. I think I have gotten half way there.
You and Krystal D’Souza are quite the talk of the town. There have been rumours of you dating. How do you deal with to the rumours?
There’s nothing to deal there. You know, I don’t believe that you need to deal with that. Things bother you when you let them bother you. And it doesn’t bother me. I am okay with it. She’s a really good friend.
You’ve got loyal fan bases in Pakistan, England and Dubai apart from India. Is that a real ego booster or does that put a lot of pressure on you?
I wouldn’t say that it’s an ego booster. In fact, it really humbles me because there’s so much love that comes from all around the world. There are so many expectations in terms of performing and entertaining. So I think it’s just the love. You enjoy the love. I mean, I absolutely love it when I see posts coming from all around the world and people coming asking you to come to their cities to perform. So I love it. I mean, I totally relish it. I don’t think it’s the ego, but it’s just for the love for the actors. It’s nice being loved by all.
There have been reports of you foraying into Bollywood. How far is that true? Are you doing any movie? Tell us something about that.
Yes, I mean there are a couple of things that are in the line-up. As and when something materialises, I will be the first one to tell. When the time is right, I will tell for sure.
Do you think you need to shed your small screen persona and start from the scratch in the film industry? Is it going to be tough?
Honestly, I do not want to shed off my TV persona because television is what has got me till here. And I am very happy and proud about it. So, I owe a lot to TV. I really hope to be accepted and received just as beautifully as television did, in the film industry. So (I will) try to make it grow larger.