‘There are limitations in television’

Debarati Palit
Thursday, 19 April 2018

Iqbal Khan, who is entering the popular daily soap, Dil Se Dil Tak, says that his personal experiences come handy when he is approaching a character

Iqbal Khan will do a cameo in Colors’ popular show Dil Se Dil Tak and the good looking actor says that he is playing a very positive character. Iqbal is entering the show as it’s taking a seven-year-leap. Based on the concept of surrogacy, the show stars Rohan Gandotra, Rashami Desai and Jasmin Bhasin. 

“The name of the character is Iqbal and he is a happy-go-lucky guy. He is a little loud and lives life to the fullest. He is a guy who owns four shops in Chandni Chowk and is a show-off but in a cute way,” says Iqbal, who has watched a couple of episodes before signing the show. 

The actor, who has been part of popular series like Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai, Kahiin To Hoga, Kavyanjali, Waaris, and Tumhari Pakhi, says that when he’s signing a show, the story and his character are the most important aspects. “When you get a good story and character to play along with a good channel and producer, it’s a win-win,” he says. 

The length of the character doesn’t matter to Iqbal. He played a small but substantial role in Kaal Bhairav Rahasya. “There are limitations in television. The medium is for a particular audience, so there are certain things that you may want to do as an actor but can’t do. However, whatever I get, I try and play it to my fullest potential because ultimately it’s my bread and butter. I definitely try not to do things that are completely trashy as one has to keep the audience one is catering to in mind too,” he says. 

Iqbal believes that the limitations of television have nothing to do with the people involved in a show, like the channel, the production house, actors or directors. “You have to live with the fact that you are making it for a particular audience and they like a certain kind of drama, which ïs perfectly fine,” he says.

Known for playing diverse characters in his career, Iqbal says that his personal experiences come handy for him while approaching roles. “I am from Kashmir and speak Urdu at home. I went to a boarding school which had an affluent crowd. Then I moved to South Delhi for three years, so there is bit of that in me too. My journey as person has been all about learning and gaining experiences. How you lived your life, where do you come from and what’s your upbringing — all this makes a lot of difference in your life,” he says.

The actor says that when he’s playing a character which is completely different from his real persona, he needs a good director and a bit of home work. “But on television, you do not get a lot of time to prepare,” he complains. 

For an actor, it’s also important to watch good content, Iqbal feels. “I love watching a lot of movies and international TV. I believe this helps an actor while approaching a character because subconsciously you relate it to what you have seen,” he says.

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