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A suitable boy

Karan Mehra talks to Gautam Hegde on ties that bind and his new show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.

tv Updated: Jan 20, 2009 19:53 IST
Gautam Hegde
Gautam Hegde
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Are you aware that there is another Karan Mehra in the industry?
Yes, in fact, our dads were college buddies. I’d like to tell him that if he doesn’t know this already.

Your first reaction when you learnt you had landed Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai?
I was nervous.. and excited.

Finally, someone who didn’t become an actor by chance!
(Laughs) It’s always been my dream to be an actor. Television is the first big step.

Any show you wish you were a part of?
I used to like Mihir Virani in Kyunki Saas Bahu Thi. Amar Upadhyay was so popular as Mihir. In fact, Naitik, the guy I play in Yeh Rishta.., is quite similar. He is sweet and pampered.. simple, cute and responsible. Just like me. It shouldn’t be difficult playing him.

Isn’t there a wicked streak in you?
No way!

You don’t flirt?
No, I’ve always been a role model for my cousins and peers. (Laughs) My family and friends would always tell them, “Kuch seekho Karan se!”

The show is about youngsters who get married early. Is it healthy to promote such a trend?
It does happen. Also, we are showing how youngsters can be responsible and cultured. We are encouraging family values.

Married young would also translate into becoming young parents. Are you ready to play papa?
If the story demands it, why not?

Do you believe in matching kundalis to find your life partner?
My parents would be happy if I find a girl myself. As for matching kundalis, let’s face it, we might have become progressive but no one I know has escaped it. Why take a chance? Har koi karta hai toh main kyun nahin.

I believe you were an assistant director once..
Yes, I’ve assisted Ram Gopal Varma on Shiva.. and Rajkumar Hirani for an advertisement. I’ve done a few ads too. The latest one was with Shahid Kapur.

Besides acting what else about the medium interests you?
Styling, I’m a fashion designer from NIFT. I have my own brand. I hope to relaunch it in a couple of years.

You look so young.. how old are you?
Guess? When I was 21, no one would believe it. I was once denied entry to a movie theatre because they thought I was underage. I’m still told I look younger than my years.