November 22, 2010 11:32:04 pm
The actor returns to the small screen as a bumbling detective
Tell us about the character you play on the new show Jaankhilavan Jasoos on SAB TV.
I play the role of Jaankhilavan Jasoos (JJ),a detective,who is actually a buffoon but pretends to be smart. He ruins evidence and makes a mess. Still somehow luck favours him and the cases get solved. He is a lovable,guy-next-door who is shy of women and has a passion for gadgets.
How did you prepare for the character of JJ?
JJ has a very peculiar habit of saying nonsensical one-liners and sports a funny moustache. Like Karamchand had his carrot,JJ has his moustache that he is very proud of. He has no sense of dressing and wears pinks and purples. During the audition,as soon as I tried on that moustache,the whole character came into my head.
Is your character,JJ, a desi version of Inspector Clouseau of Pink Panther?
There is no similarity between JJ and Clouseau except that they are both comic detectives. Besides,Clouseau is a police inspector while JJ is a private detective.
Why did you choose to do this show?
I took a one-and-a-half-year break and just sat at home,refusing to do the daily soaps. I did not want to do a show that I wouldnt watch myself. I wanted to do something out of the box,most preferably a comedy. For a long time,I have been on the look out for a detective comedy and when this happened,I took it up.
What is your opinion on Indian television,especially reality shows?
I personally do not have much respect for most shows on television now. Television is now dominated by rural-based shows and there is nothing for urban audience. Hopefully,this trend will change.
After experimenting with theatre,television and cinema,which medium is closest to your heart?
I love all three but theatre is probably the closest to my heart. I began my acting career with it and learnt all the tricks while doing theatre.
Of all the roles you have played till now,which is your favourite?
It has to be JJ. In 1995,I got my first acting break in a show called Tejas in which I played a detective. Unfortunately,the show never went on air. After a few years,I re-wrote the script and tried to revive it but it did not work out. Life finally came full circle when I was offered the role of JJ.
Which genre is the toughest to experiment with?
Comedy. You need impeccable timing and you need to be in sync with your co-stars. And making people laugh is the toughest job.
What is JJs favourite one liner?
Haathi ke daant dikhane ke kuch aur khaane ke kuch aur hote hai,iska matlab yeh nahi ki woh toothbrush use karta hai.
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