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'You can call it my first major show'

tv Updated: Feb 04, 2009 19:24 IST
Anil Merani
Anil Merani
Hindustan Times
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Kritika Kamra speaks to

Anil Merani

about how she bagged her small screen debut and lead role as Aarohi in her first daily soap on Star One -

Kitani Mohabbat Hai


Kitani Mohabbat Hai is your second show but it’s touted to be your debut vehicle..
(Cuts in) Technically, it is my second show because I had earlier worked in Yahan ke Hum Sikander on Zee Next. But the channel closed down. Besides, I was just another student in that campus caper. But in Kitani.., I’m the protagonist. So, you can call it my first major show.

Okay. How did you get into acting?
I was studying for a degree in fashion designing in Delhi when the Zee Next team came to my college scouting for actors. I went for the auditions and was selected. And, here I am.

There are so many romantic dramas on TV now. What makes Kitani.. different?
It’s a love story but the characters are true-to-life. I play a strong-willed girl who faces problems head-on, unlike the other weepy protagonists. In Kitani.., there will be plenty of twists and turns, but there won’t be a vamp to create all the drama. Even the love between the two lead actors is due to conflicts arising from their different upbringing.

The show seems to be inspired by Subhash Ghai’s Taal?
All love stories are bound to have certain common traits. Kitani.., however, will do well because the treatment and storytelling is unique.

How’s your chemistry with co-star Karan Kundra?
We haven’t had the time to go out. But we do share a good rapport. And online responses suggest that viewers love our on-screen chemistry too.

What about your equations with Ekta Kapoor?
Oh, I’d heard so many stories about Ekta and her infamous tantrums. But she comes across as a very chilled out person.

Do you watch the other new shows to check out the competition?
I would never watch TV earlier but now that I am in this field, I do check out some of the shows. There is a lot of similar stuff going around but some producers have started to think out of the box, which is heartening.

So, you think we should let go of the typical saas bahu family dramas?
Not really. Youngsters may not relate to such themes but there is a sizeable population which does, and we have to respect their sentiments.