Bade Acche Lagte Hain star Ram Kapoor: I have a long way to go in television

In a rare interview, TV’s plus-size heartthrob Ram Kapoor says he is humbled but not satisfied with his success

Ram Kapoor, who seems to have broken the image of a stereotypical hero on TV with Bade Acche Lagte Hain, never expected to do this. The popular TV actor says that success adds pressure and places responsibility on his shoulders.

As a forty-plus, overweight business tycoon, who is forced to marry middle-class girl Priya Sharma (Sakshi Tanwar) and eventually falls in love with her, Ram kapoor has yielded awesome response for Bade Acche Lagte Hain.

“It’s a humbling experience. I still haven’t fully adjusted to it…didn’t expect so much,” he said. “I knew I was doing well and was lucky to have hit shows. But I did not expect to change the dynamics of a TV hero. I am still adjusting to it. It fills me with a lot of responsibility because if the audiences give you so much love, you can’t take them for granted,” added the actor.

Ram, 39, also known for Kasamh Se and for hosting reality show Rakhi Ka Swayamwar, will next be seen in celebrity cookery show Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawaazi Ki on Life OK.

“I liked the basic idea about food and entertaining guests. I trust the channel and the people behind it. I said yes even though I didn’t really have the time,” said the actor who always looked for something different to do besides acting in a daily soap.

“As a TV star, I have always done the same character for many years. For example, when I was doing Kasamh Se, I was playing Jai Walia for years…and now there is Bade Acche Lagte Hain. So you tend to get stuck.  So in my other work, I try to look for something different which will motivate me and help me grow as a person,” he added.

The actor has been an integral part of the TV industry for many years and points out that the industry has grown by leaps and bounds and will continue to do so. “It has grown so much. Today the amount of media coverage TV actors get didn’t happen earlier. This is just the beginning. I feel the TV industry will grow so much that after 15 years there will be no difference between our TV industry and that of the West,” he said.

A superstar on television, he doesn’t let such thoughts overpower him. “I value-add to different shows in a different way. TV has become very cut-throat. The people running channels know what they want. If they feel they want my value addition to the project, only then they come to me. So, I have the luxury not to think about such things,” he said.

Is he satisfied with his career graph? “To be able to live your passion and make money out of it, is a dream. I am fully aware of the number of people who come to Bombay to make it in showbiz and hardly two percent of them get a break. I am happy to be a part of that two percent. But in my assessment of where I want to reach, I know I have a long way to go. So I choose not to get satisfied,” he said.

Why does he avoid the media?

“I am not too comfortable with the media. If it was up to me, I would not come in front of the media at all. I would only work. But I know the media is a part of the industry. But for me, it never comes naturally, so I try to keep it to the minimum. Also, I am shooting most of the month, so I don’t even have too much time,” he said.

Ram was last seen in Bollywood film Student Of the Year. His next movie release is Asha Bhosle’s acting debut, Mai, releasing on February 1, 2013.