has proved to be a heaven for Bollywood's
unhappy souls. Veteran actor Kiran Kumar,
whose best years in Bollywood were lost
to shoddy films, made the most of his opportunities
on the small screen. And today he's ranked
among the finest actors of Indian television.
Kiran, currently playing the role of Mr.Sahni
in Star Plus' Meri Awaaz Ko Mil Gayee
Roshni. He was also seen in Viraasat, which
has been abruptly pulled off air. Here in
an exclusive interview with Mayur
Lookhar, the senior actor gets
candid about his personal life as well as
his first international project
Why did we see
such an abrupt end to Viraasat?
Abrupt end to the last episode but not to
the show. It's only the end of the season.
Last episode saw Raj Malhotra escaping from
the police and he vowed to comeback. So,
I'm sure the show will resume from where
if left. Viraasat will definitely come back.
Do you think that
Rohit' Roy's decision to quit affected the
Not at tall. The script was predetermined.
It's wrong to say that Rohit's choice resulted
in show's closure. No actor is indispensable.
Daily soaps are all about twists and turns.
As actors, we are quite familiar with it.
Are you happy
with your character in Meri Awaaz …?
So far, it's been a pleasurable experience.
Meri Awaaz ..is a refreshing story and my
character is a challenging one too and I'm
enjoying playing it.
New offers from
Ever since Viraasat took a break, people
know that I have the dates available now.
I've been offered 5-6 major projects. So,
I'll weigh all of them and then decide what's
best for me. It will be premature to talk
about them now.
What about films?
I'm all thrilled after doing my first international
project. Directed by New Zealand's Ken Khan,
the film is titled Love has no language.As
the name suggests it's a love story and
we shot in London. Rati Agniotri, Celina
Jaitley and I form the Indian star cast.
The rest of the crew is international. Also,
I'm in talks for another international film
that's likely to be shot in UK.
Why is it that
Bollywood actors can get roles in TV but
the latter can't make it big in Bollywood?
I don't agree with it. Television actors
work around 25 days in a month,. Thus, they
don't have the time to commit themselves
to films. Bollywood bigwigs do watch telly
actors and they do approach the good actors.
How do you view
It has improved by leaps and bounds. Things
are more organized and professional. That's
why we get to see such great films today.
As a Kashmiri,
how do you view the situation in Kashmir
It's quite long since I traveled to Kashmir.
I last visited the place when I was shooting
for the film Agnipankh. We didn't experience
any trouble. Often, the media tends to cook
up stories. I'm not aware of the current
scenario but I'd like to say that what was
once a heaven has turned into a hell.
the son of the legend Jeevan, you have charted
your own success. This truly must be pleasing
Indeed. As the son of a legend, it helps
you to get a foot in the industry but thereafter
you have to find your own way. I take pride
in the fact I've created my own success.
More than anything else, I'm glad that I've
always taken independent decisions. Not
all were right, but I've have no qualms
You once stated
that you are a dissatisfied soul. Are you
at peace now?
I'm very much at peace with myself. My life
has taken a spiritual turn. I'm not religious
by nature but I do believe in God and the
human spirit… and miracles too. Above all,
I've discovered the truth that love is the
essential of life. It's only when you spread
love that you gain it yourself.
you sight an example?
If I were to tell you, then it wouldn't
remain a miracle anymore.
an ardent admirer of Sachin Tendulkar. Should
he retire from cricket?
No. He still has a lot to offer to Indian
cricket. Cricket has always been my passion
and I've been an avid admirer of Sachin.
Despite my busy schedule, I make it a point
to watch the little master play. I was peeved
with Umpire Simon Taufell when he gave Sachin
out in the Trent bridge test. If ever I'll
meet Taufell, I'll slap him.
on 6 Aug 2007 5:30 pm