The Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai gets candid with Bollywood Life on his exit, future plans and speculations...
Karan Mehra’s exit from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has upset loyal fans and also given rise to a number of speculations. Stories of how he did not gel with co-star Hina Khan made news since a while but some even hinted that the Facebook post from his wife, Nisha Rawal was a ‘hidden message’ of sorts. We decided to get in touch with Karan, and here’s what he had to say…
How would you describe your innings on YRKKH?
It was simply amazing. Of course, it involved a lot of hard work from the team and me but it was extremely rewarding experience. The credit for the show’s milestones goes to the whole team. However, my journey has ended.
Which memory will you cherish till your last day?
There are so many. In a journey of seven years, you make you so memories as you grow and learn things. The best would be of my first day on the sets of YRKKH. We shot so many times outdoors, at times, I will recollect that. I will remember how we made it work as a team.
Hina and you were never buddies. Was it tough to create chemistry without friendship?
No…not really. We were good enough professionals to give 100 per cent to our scenes. I would give Hina full credit for that. It is not impossible to create good chemistry even if you’re not buddies. Every actor should know to work with that mindset.
What are your future plans?
I am not a patient as such. I plan to travel extensively for a couple of months and look after my health. I need to physically and mentally rejuvenate myself.
Did the speculations surprise you?
People always tend to speculate on such matters. Yes, when I announced my decision to quit, a lot of people said many things. Nisha decided to put out that post to express her views and put out the truth in her own manner. People reacted very well to her post and it was written in a very simple manner.
A section of people termed Nisha as your unofficial spokesperson who vented out your feelings after she put the Facebook post?
Well, I can speak for myself. If people wish to say certain things, it’s their call. She has not targeted anyone with the post or mentioned anyone’s name. I would like to wish the best to everyone associated with the show.
What about stories of a rift with the producer, Rajan Shahi?
We have got along very well throughout these seven years. He is a father figure for me. We shared a great rapport till the last day. After my health started dwindling, we tried to work out some permutations and combinations but sadly that did not work. My journey on YRKKH has ended but we might just connect again.
You are the most low-profile of all the Karans in the TV industry…
I was. I never believed in doing unnecessary things to attract attention or indulge in heavy PR. I kept it simple throughout these seven years. I feel it was because of this that I could be a part of a historic show like YRKKH.
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