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TV heartthrob aims for web glory

After building a body of work in films and television, Eijaz Khan is excited to finally try his hand at a web series. The series started streaming recently.

lucknow Updated: May 14, 2019 14:42 IST
S Farah Rizvi
S Farah Rizvi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Web series,Eijaj Khan,Priya Bapat
Eijaz Khan with Priya Bapat in Lucknow.(Sudhanshu/HT Photo)

After building a body of work in films and television, Eijaz Khan is excited to finally try his hand at a web series. The series started streaming recently.

The ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, actor was in the city to promote his new series that is garnering him rave reviews, “It’s a feeling of contentment and pride at the same time. Contentment that I was able to do justice to the character I portrayed and pride in the sense that I got to work in a new medium.”

Talking about his new series he says, “When I read the script I knew I just wanted to do this series, as you hardly get to play such roles. I play an encounter specialist with Mumbai Police, who has lived out his heyday and with a new case in hand, wishes to reclaim his glory days. Also when I got to know that Nagesh Kukunoor is the director, it was even more the reason to take up ‘City of Dreams’ on Hotstar. My role has a lot of complexities personally and professionally. This policeman is strong, calculative and is willing to bend the rules to solve a case.”

Khan has done a series of TV dailies and enjoyed the tag of television heartthrob. Talking about those days, he said, “That was a different time. We had a larger audience and a fewer number of shows. Today, it’s the other way around. The audience used to love the shows and eagerly awaited new episodes. Today, it’s very different. You can get an unlimited dose of entertainment on diverse platforms. Then, there were a handful of actors and the audience knew them all. I remember how journalists used to be after us keeping a hawk eye on our whereabouts. But today, there are hundreds of actors and everyday a new face is launched so we are not that sought after.”

For Khan, doing films has always been very close to him. “I love doing TV and films equally but movies take the stars to larger audience. My characters in ‘Tanu weds Manu’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, ‘Zameen’, ‘Shorgul’, were all appreciated and are still remembered by the audience. That’s what films do for an actor: give him long time fame.”

But there was a time when Khan was not taking much work due to personal issues. “Yes, I have said no to work as there were a lot of personal issues in my life at that time. And I wanted to solve them before I took up something new. Today, I am single and happy; I am in a contented place and get to spend more time with my family and pets. Also, I have learnt to love myself like never before and am enjoying my work more than anything.”

Accompanying Khan was his co-star in the series, Priya Bapat, who plays a lead protagonist said, “This series has been a very inspiring journey for me. I play the role of a humble and docile housewife who rises to defend her father’s legacy and to prove herself in the patriarchal set up. I’m glad Applause Entertainment is bringing a strong story forward. Also working with Nagesh Sir has been a wonderful experience. His understanding of the craft truly helped us essay our roles better.”

First Published: May 14, 2019 14:42 IST