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Karanvir Bohra didn’t want to be inspired

Karanvir Bohra avoids watching Agni Sakshi and Darr to stay original in a TV show on similar lines.
By Rachana Dubey | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2012 04:17 PM IST

Actor Karanvir Bohra has several reasons to celebrate. His wife Teejay Siddhu has made her acting debut with a Punjabi daily soap while he has made a comeback to small screen with a different-sounding serial, Saubhagyavati Bhavah which airs on new channel, Life Ok.

And now, the show is garnering higher TRPs every week. His character of a menacing, obsessed husband is fetching him attention everywhere he goes.

“I thought people would hate me because the character, Viraj, is outright dark. He loves his wife and is possessive about her. But his emotions are on extremes. He doesn’t want even her own family to be around her. He just wants her to be with him and think only of him. He also suffers from an OCD for cleanliness. I hadn’t seen such a straightforward dark hero in a daily soap. I grabbed the offer with both hands,” explains Karanvir, adding, “Today, when I move around, women come up to me and appreciate my performance. Instead of getting hate mail, I get lovely fan mails.”

The actor attributes the newfound success of the show to his deceptive looks and his co-star Sriti Jha.

“Had it not been for her performance, my act wouldn’t have looked as effective. My face has worked to my advantage because I look like a chocolate boy and behave like a villain,” laughs Karanvir, who admits that the show is a cross between popular films, Darr (1993) and Agni Sakshi (1996).

When asked if Nana Patekar or SRK had noticed his work, or if he had watched the films seeking inspiration, he says, “I didn’t watch them. These actors are epitomes of acting. If I had watched them, I wouldn’t have been able to deliver anything original. As for them noticing my work, I wish they have. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

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