While he is cherishing every moment spent with his daughter, he is also eager to return to work. “That is equally important. I don’t want Mehr to feel that her father is jobless (laughs!). I’m sure I’ll be able to strike a balance between my personal and professional lives,” he shares.
His last fiction outing was Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, which wrapped up over a year ago. “You haven’t seen me on screen, because I haven’t been offered anything interesting. I don’t know why, but the television industry isn’t ready to grow; we are still making regressive shows. Look at OTT platforms, there’s so much interesting and original content there. And, I am not talking about nudity, sex, violence, or profanity. So, people’s mindset has to change,” he replies, adding, “It’s high time that we started making finite series. I have been part of a show (YHM) for six years. I am not complaining, because it has helped me reach where I am today.”
The actor continues, “But, in those six years, there were many times when I thought, ‘
Bas karo yaar, khatam karo agar story
nahi mil rahi hai aagey toh.’ Don’t drag a show. Instead, end it on a high, so that when you return with a second season, you have the audience waiting for it impatiently.”
Karan, who is known for calling a spade a spade, has admitted to letting stardom get to his head. In fact, it had even earned him the ‘bad-boy’ tag. Ask him if he has mellowed down and become choosy with words over the years, and he says, “I still maintain that image. I actually like the tag. Good boys
ki bheed ho chuki hai. Bad boys
nahi hai, kyunki kisi ko bad boy
banna nahi hai (laughs!). Also, it’s more of a no-nonsense image. My attitude towards work is the same, no matter who the producer or banner is. I treat everybody the same and I don’t want to change that. I would rather be myself and let people see me for who I am.”
But, in an industry that thrives on diplomacy, such an attitude could be mistaken for arrogance and could even cost him projects. Point this out, and the actor explains, “Every coin has two sides, but at least, I am not guilty of creating a façade.
Maine logon ko kuchh alag impression
nahi de rakha hai mere baare mein. Yes, I am not getting as many offers, but I am happy with the ones that I get, as those are the people who appreciate me just the way I am. They know
ki kaam nikal jaayega and I am a no-nonsense kind of person.”