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Khichdi star Anang Desai: “I’d rather not do a reality show than make a fool of myself”

In this interview for CINE BLITZ the versatile actor tells Senior Journalist JYOTHI VENKATESH about his approach to acting



Anang Desai

By Jyothi Venkatesh

In this interview for CINE BLITZ the versatile actor tells Senior Journalist JYOTHI VENKATESH about his approach to acting.

Do you regret that you have been typed as a comedy actor after the TV serial Khichdi and the web series Khichdi?

Though it is true that I have been typecast as an actor after the phenomenal success of the show Khichdi, I have no complaints at all. On the contrary I am happy that my flair for comedy roles has been noticed after Khichdi because frankly I enjoy doing comedies, though I have had my own share of serious roles, like in Dilliwali Thakur Girls on air on & TV which was based on a novel called The Pricey Thakur Girls.

Which are your best serials till date?

Undoubtedly though I’d not hesitate to say that Khichdi proved to be the biggest landmark in my career, I have also fond memories of my serials like Imtihaan, Akbar Aur Birbal, Shyam Benegal’s Bharat Ek Khoj and Tenaliraman which actually established my career on firm footing.

You have also acted in quite a few films. Which are your favourite films till date as an actor?

Subhash Ghai’s Yaadein, Satish Kaushik’s Hamara Dil AapKe Paas Hai, Jurm which was my first attempt at comedy, Shyam Benegal’s Antarnaad as well as Sooraj Ka Saatwa Ghoda. Yet another favorite of mine is my debut film Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi in which I played the cameo roles of J.B. Kripalani after I passed out from the repertory of NSD.

After Khichdi 2 and Kagaz 2, you have not been seen in any feature film in Hindi of late. Why?

That is precisely only because I have been busy doing Gujarati films round the clock for the past few months.

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Which are the projects that you are doing right now, as an actor?

There are two projects which I am currently doing as of now though I am not allowed to divulge what they are.

You seem to avoid touching TV even with a barge pole these days!

Yes. Vidrohi which was aired on Star TV was my last. This is even though today’s TV, Touchwood, has become bigger and bigger and is poised to grow even further. I would love to be part of TV and do good roles which give me a chance to perform. There is no doubt about the fact that today TV is a paying medium for not only actors but also the technicians and offers huge employment opportunities for people. The only flip point of TV is that it does not offer an actor the luxury to do more than one show as he or she is occupied for almost 25 days 24/7 on the sets of a show.

You have not yet been seen in any reality show. Why?

I do not want to be part of a reality show, because I am comfortable with fiction shows. I am ambitious but not overambitious. I want to do better work than even what I have done till date. Reality shows are not my cup of tea because I am of the opinion that I’d rather not do a reality show than make a fool of myself by being part of it.

How would you evaluate your growth over the years, precisely 35 years as an actor?

In the last three decades or so since I had made my debut as an actor with Gandhi, I think I have grown tremendously as an actor. I feel that it is very important for an actor to hone his craft and grow.