Exclusive! Shakti Anand talks about taking over the role of Karan in Kundali Bhagya after the leap and more, saying, “I never compare a role with an actor, or try to act like someone else, or try to copy each other”!
MUMBAI:Zee TV’s show Kundali Bhagya is produced by Balaji Telefilms. It stars Shraddha Arya, and more and is one of the favorite shows of the audience. Its twists and turns keep everyone glued.
The show has a great ensemble cast and fans have shown a lot of love for the cast. The show has also taken a 20-year leap, which has seen many of the show’s actors depart.
Paras Kalnawat, Sana Sayyad, and Baseer Ali are seen playing the lead roles in the show with Shraddha Arya Staying on.
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Shakti Anand has taken over the role of Karan Luthra, after the leap.
Shakti is a very popular and prominent actor who has been in the industry for more than 20 years, and he is collaborating with Balaji for 20 years since Kyunki Saas Bhi Bahu Thi.
TellyChakkar got in touch with the actor to talk about him joining Kundali Bhagya, the pressure and what can we expect from the show.
Fans of the show are very excited to see you carry forward the legacy, how has it been for you, coming on board the show?
The feeling was really good, The show has been around for a while. I ahd interacted with most of the cast when I was shooting for ‘Humari Wali Good News’ on Zee TV, they are very interactive, I know a few of them from before. I am coming back after 3 months, and even though the show is old, it is fairly new for me and for the actor whenever he joins a show, it’s a new show for him, new challenges for him. I have the first day butterflies, the nervousness, there is a surprising factor about everything, chemistry with all the actors, because for people who have been doing the show for a while, it’s like they know like the back of their hands, and I guess that is for everybody who is coming new to the show. New actors do bring freshness to the show. The show is the same but the twist and turns are new, and the flavors are new.
Did you feel hesitant to take up the role of Karan Luthra, because there have been two versions of it that already exist?
There was no hesitation as such but you definitely feel certain challenges, whenever you get into someone else’s skin, and I mean character here, like into a different character, because I never compare a role with an actor, or try to act like someone else, or try to copy each other, nothing like that happened, I don’t believe in that. And I feel whenever an actor portrays a character, no matter how famous it is, they try to do it their own way and that is how it should be, if you don’t look at what the other has done, it helps you take the character forward and in your own way.
And the plus point I would say about portraying Karan right now is, the 20-year leap and 20-years is a long time and human being changes alot during this as well, because things change in human beings as well, and I think the comparison is not going to be same because, if I look at how in 2003 I used to do Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and now doing this, Shakti Anand has only changed so much, and now Karan is also going to be different, his walk, the way he talks, his way of working and everything will have a fresh perspective and look.
What can we expect from the show after the leap and anything that you would like to say to the fans?
It is a well-established, hit show and it already has a premium and loyal audience, they have a very dedicated audience that has made the show a hit for the last 5-6 years. The creatives, the writers, the heads at Balaji whatever they are going to bring in now will be very different, very fresh, very new, and that will only take the legacy forward. And all of the new actors that have joined, me included, will try to match up to the expectation of the audience and try to take it forward 6 years,10 years because it is difficult to create the branding of the show, and if a show has that branding, that loyal audience, the fan following, the actors and if you get that, it gives you that extra confidence to do your job better and I hope the audience keeps the love going for us as well.
Shakti Anand has been seen in shows like Channa Mereya, Humari Wali Good News, Maharana Pratap, Gangaa, Tenali Rama, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and so much more.
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