Karan Kundra is making a comeback in the fiction space on television after a gap of two years. The actor, who was last seen in the musical drama Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum, will be next seen in Balaji Telefilms Limited’s Dil Hi Toh Hai, which will air on Sony TV from June 18.
Explaining his reasons for staying away from fiction shows, he says, “After Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum, I was travelling and then I did Love School which became such a hit show, then I was shooting for Mubarakan followed by 1921 for two and half months. I was in Australia because I am the brand ambassador of South Australia. There were so many things I was doing and it wasn’t a conscious decision to stay away from daily soaps.”
He says that after being part of 1921, which was the first hit of 2018, he wanted to do projects with better content. “I wanted to do web shows, not just any series but a big one. Then I got offered Dil Hi Toh Hai, which was an icing on the cake. I had just finished Love School in Goa with Anusha (Dandekar). I don’t think it gets bigger and better than this because it’s not a run-of-the-mill show; it’s a today’s show. I don’t think I could have asked for anything better,” says the actor who was also part of Roadies Rising.
The show is one of the first projects to be aired on both television and web. After its telecast on Sony, Dil Hi Toh Hai will be available for viewers on the Balaji’s OTT platform, ALTBalaji. Is this the future of television then, we ask? “Of course, it is the future. It is a big and welcome step from Sony Entertainment Television that they are trying web on TV. It’s a good effort and the channel is known for taking such risks. It’s not a typical daily soap and doesn’t look like a daily soap. It’s got a ‘web approach’ which had to be done otherwise TV is losing audience by the day,” he says.
Karan feels that this kind of merger will make producers and broadcaster change the current content on TV. “It’s a bold step on part of Ekta too. I mean, she is always changing rules in the industry. If television does not evolve, they can’t draw viewers’ attention,” he says.
As the discussion moves back to Dil Hi Toh Hai, which is going on air from June 18, he says there were several factors that attracted him to it. “After 1921, it did not make sense for me to come back to TV but then I was offered this big show. Also, on TV, we have stereotypical heroes who are so perfect, they do not do anything wrong, they don’t look at other women. My character is not like that. He is young, successful, good looking because of which he gets a lot of female attention and he enjoys it, which any normal person would do,” he says, adding, “And the female lead is not somebody who is timid, she is not crying all the time. No girl of 2018 will take nonsense from anybody and she is exactly like that. I am happy the characters and the story are so real.”
The show also stars Poonam Dhillon, Akshay Dogra, Sudeepa Singh, Gurpreet Bedi, Yogita Bihani, Nyra Banerjee, and Asmita Sood in pivotal roles. On collaborating with such wide range of actors, he says, “I am lucky that Neena Gupta played my mother in my first show, then I got to work with veteran actors like Anil Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Pavan Malhotra. Now, I am getting a chance to work with Poonam Dillon who is such a sweet, down-to-earth person. Whenever she reaches the sets, it just lightens up.”
Before signing off, we ask him about his future film projects and he replies, “Post 1921, I have proved a point that TV actors can be part of successful films. We have made 27 crores and did a great job with the film. There is no hurry for me to jump into just any project. I want to be part of good content.”