Kiran Karmarkar will always be remembered for his portrayal of Om in Balaji Telefilms’ Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii on Star Plus. And after that show, TV audiences haven’t seen him in any substantial role. But times have changed. Now, he will be seen in a pivotal role in Zindagi Kahe Smile Please which will be aired on Life OK (originally Star One). In this exclusive interview, Tellychakkar.com finds out more about Kiran’s hiatus, his new show and a lot more. Excerpts:
What took you so long to be back on TV?
I was just waiting for a meaningful role. Roles were coming my way, but I didn’t want to take up just any offer. The same rona dhona is just unbearable to me. I didn’t want to do monotonous roles. That’s the reason my TV audiences didn’t see me.
What about reality shows?
To tell you the truth, I was offered Nach Baliye, but I declined since dance is not my cup of tea.
You had been on a break for three years. What kept you busy?
I wasn’t on a hiatus actually, but yes, I didn’t do TV during that period. In fact, I did a lot of other things. I did six stage plays in these three years; like Salim Aarif and Vipul Shah’s Humsafar, Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai with Shefali Shah and Shaadi ki Home Delivery with Shweta Tiwari. Then, I worked in several Hindi and Marathi films. In fact, I was awarded the Maharashtra state award for my Marathi movie Kshanokshani.
So does that mean TV took a backseat?
Definitely not. I can never ignore TV. I am what I am because of the TV industry, how can I give importance to something else? It's just that I didn’t find the scripts that came my way interesting. And instead, I found plays more meaningful so I opted for them.
Ok. So what made you opt for Zindagi Kahe Smile Please?
I think the story is very different. It’s about making people smile. It is a story of a rich man who educates his drivers’ son along with his own kid. But life changes drastically, and he becomes poor. So his family moves into the driver’s house and the rich and the poor stays together. The cast of the show in also interesting and has names like Ali Asgar, Arun Nalavde (popular Marathi actor), Jaswinder, and Pranavti Pradhan with Aditi Gupta, playing various characters in the show.
Tell us something about your character.
I play the rich man’s son. My character’s name will be Hans Raj and he will always be angry and irritated. He won’t be able to accept the fact that his driver’s son goes to the same school as he does. Not only this, when time changes and Hans Raj has to live with his driver’s son, the two will fight with each other for stupid but practical reasons. It is fun to be a part of such a wonderful show (smiles).
Do you think audiences will accept such a concept?
Definitely. I am sure they will accept it. Today, life has become very hectic and this show will help people find the fun moments in their otherwise boring life.
Any message for your fans?
Please watch our show; I can assure you it is worth watching. I hope you will like my comedy (Laughs).