By Priyanka Bhadani
After making a mark as Arjun Punj in Kitani Mohabbat Hai more than four years ago, television actor Karan Kundra became synonymous as the host of the show, Gumrah: End of Innocence that featured stories of youngsters entangled with complex issues in their life. Kundra’s style of hosting, which not just put the message across but also created an interest among viewers, got a thumbs up from telly critiques. He was showered with praises for his performance and even bagged a few film roles after that.
However, he kept away from fictional shows on TV all this while. Now, after more than two years, Kundra will once again be seen on the small screen in a fictional character. Fanaah on MTV India is a 100-episode vampire series, based on the international series, The Vampire Diaries, that will see Kundra essaying the role of Vivaan, the lead character.
“It’s a very intense love story and the best part is that all the characters are very real. For instance, the hero is not always right. He is bad, wrong and evil as well like any other human being. If he loves deeply, he can also hate equally. Because of that, the youngsters, who are our target audience, will relate to the characters,” says Kundra, who is not very interested in doing daily soaps that drag on indefinitely.
Since this one’s a finite and very youth-centric series, it was an appealing offer for Kundra as an actor. “I am happy to be playing a blood-sucking vampire in the series,” he quips as he admits that he is a big fan of fantasy-fiction and has loved watching X-Men, Lord of the Rings, The Twilight etc.
Both his major stints on TV— Gumrah and Kitani Mohabbat Hai — established him as a host and an actor, does he think Vivaan can work similarly in his favour? “Gumrah is very close to me. It came at a time when I wanted to reinvent myself. However, I didn’t want to be stuck with the same thing. I feel I have given my share to the society and now was the time to take a plunge and do something different. This show would give me that,” says Kundra, who thinks that Vivaan has already become popular after the promos of the show went on air.
The show stars Ratan Rajput and Rithvik Dhanjani as vampires alongside Kundra, while Anita Hasnandani plays a witch and Chetna Pande a human. Quiz him if he is bothered by the presence of so many actors with strong roles in the show and he is quick to respond, “I believe in the project and not in the footage. I believe that even two minutes of content driven role in a 30-minutes show is enough to leave an impact on the audience.”
In fact, the actor likes how the camera work has been kept to the minimal and there’s less use of additional effects. “The show has a real look and is very content driven. That’s its USP,” he says.
While the actor is quite upbeat about the show, he is also looking forward to two of his movies — Rum Pum Possh and Dil Firrey —that are almost complete and will release soon. “I am content with the way my career is shaping up,” he concludes.