‘I make peace with life in front of the camera’

Debarati Palit Singh
Sunday, 18 March 2018

Actor Harshad Chopda, while promoting his show Bepannaah, tells us why he loves playing emotional characters and how television is a fair medium

Popular actor Harshad Chopda is coming back on television with Colors’ newly launched show — Bepannaah. Going on air from today March 19, the show stars Jennifer Winget, Sehban Azim and Namita Dubey.

Harshad’s last show was Humsafar, which went off air in 2015. “That’s how life is. Things happen by chance. I want to do stuff that excites me, otherwise there is no point. Either you work for money or satisfaction. By god’s grace, finances are slightly sorted for me so it’s about satisfaction,” says the actor while promoting Bepannaah. 

Coming back to the show and the character he plays, he says, “Aditya,  my character, is very emotional. He only understands black and white and not issues that fall in grey area. He is very clear about certain things in life: If you commit a mistake, you have to admit it. No amount of explanation will take that away from you and it will sound like an excuse.”

Harshad, who has previously worked in shows like Mamta, Amber Dhara, Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, Dil Se Di Dua... Saubhagyavati Bhava and others, says that there are several elements that will make Bepanaah an interesting watch. “There are several take-ways from the show. It can be seen as a story about hope. When you are betrayed by your loved one, you feel like your life is over. Here the two characters also feel the same, but life has a plan. Either you emerge stronger or get ruined. The story is about how destiny has a plan for you, as you are the central character of your life.” 

This is not the first time we will see Harshad play such an emotional and intense character. Does that take a toll on him emotionally? “Honestly, I make peace with life in front of the camera. I just feel more relaxed, calm and lighter, while enacting such scenes because everything I was holding within, gets out.” 

The actor can’t stop praising his co-star Jennifer Winget and says that it’s fabulous working with her. “It’s fun and we don’t realise how the day passes by. The way the characters interact with each other, it’s so interesting and beautiful.”

Speaking of the gender narrative in Indian television, Harshad says,“The kind of shows I have done concentrated on my on-screen character. In a show, all the characters are important and the narrative decides from whose point of view the story is told. TV is very fair.” He adds that the narrative keeps changing with the story and that’s how it should be. “The story is evolving and therefore everyone’s point of view will be highlighted,” he signs off.

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Bepannaah will air from March 19, Monday to Friday at 9 pm on Colors

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