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'It doesn't matter who plays Tulsi'

Actor Ronit Roy talks about television, Tulsi, film production and more in a conversation with Riya V Anandwala.
Hindustan Times | By Riya V Anandwala, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2008 01:50 PM IST

Actor Ronit Roy talks television, Tulsi, film production and more in a conversation with Riya V Anandwala.

There have been reports of a fall-out between Balaji Telefilms and you..
No, no, no. There can never be a split, at least not from my side. I hold both Balaji and Jeetuji in high regard.

But aren't you contemplating a show with Cinevistaas?
Hmm.. Siddhu (Siddharth Malhotra) is family. We are discussing concepts. And why only Cinevistaas?
I am talking to quite a few other producers too. But nothing has been finalised yet.

You've been doing shows for Balaji Telefilms for a while now.. isn't it getting monotonous?
There are times when you feel your best and sometimes you just go with the flow. There are tracks you don't agree with, but you have to go along since it's a part of the script.

Which character has been tougher to play.. Mihir Virani or Mr Bajaj?
Mr Bajaj in Kasautii Zindagi Kay was my most satisfying performance while Mihir in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi BahuThi is solid and steady. He's more subtle.

What do you have to say about the changing faces of your on-screen wife Tulsi?
It really doesn't matter who plays Tulsi. Mihir will be Mihir. I'd rather focus on my work and try out new looks.

Aren't you sceptical about playing Bhishma Pitamaha in Ekta Kapoor's Mahabharat?
There will be constant comparisons with Mukesh Khanna. It's too early to talk about Mahabharat. We are still working out the details. As for comparisons, every character in the epic has been played before. There were stories about me watching tapes of BR Chopra's Mahabharat. That's not true at all!

Didn't you have issues with Jay Bhanushali during Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa?
No. Jay is always very cordial when we meet. I don't know which rift people are talking about.

Isn't the quality of soaps deteriorating?
As far as quantity goes there is a lot of programming these days.

My personal take is that no producer or channel will come up with a substandard product. But I am not an analyst, strategist or a visionary.

Will you take to production or direction like your brother Rohit Roy?
I would only go over budget as a producer. But direction may happen at a later stage when I want to tell a story.

How difficult is it competing with your brother?
Rohit is like a son to me. He's one guy I don't mind losing to.

What did you think of his directorial debut Rice Plate?
I was pleasantly surprised. Rohit is a good actor, and very intelligent. But I didn't know he was an intellectual.

Don't you want to get back to the movies?
Talks are on. Scripts are being re-drafted. I'll probably come up with a couple of good films this year or maybe next. A lot will depend on my instincts.

How does your family react to your on-screen image?
(Smiles) My mom loves to watch me on-screen. My wife is my critic. And my daughter gets a big thrill from watching her baba on TV.

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