Tough on the outside, and tender at heart, actor Karan Singh Grover lets us into his introspective mind about the different “dimensions” of his life
Your show Qubool Hai was hugely successful. How has the response been to its sequel?
“Qubool Hai was very popular when it was first aired on television, and thankfully the sequel has also done well. The response has been great and people really enjoyed the show. So I would say we are lucky!
The sequel has been appreciated for its new set-up. It is an important title for you too. How did you approach your character the second time?
Thankfully, nothing much was changed about the character because we had already worked very hard on it for the original show. For me, it was simply like switching on the Asad Ahmed Khan character. The sequel was set in a different world, but the essence of the character was the same.
You play an intense character in the show. When you play the same character for a long time, does it have a residual effect on the actor in you?
Scientifically, a human brain can’t differentiate between the person’s feeling and the feeling of the character he is playing. So yes, Asad stayed with me, and he is a heavy character to have around. Every actor has his own process. This is mine, and it may not be very healthy, but I look at it as a different personality of mine… one from which I can learn.
Some of the roles you’ve done in the past have shades of grey. Is it easy to play such characters?
It is not easy, but it is more fun to essay a grey character on screen because it differs from who you are in real life. So, a lot more effort goes into it than usual.
The lockdown has taken a toll on a lot of people in the industry. How have you and your wife Bipasha Basu sailed through the tough times?
The lockdown took a toll on the entire world. Bipasha and I are good at handling any sort of crisis. We give each other strength and make up for each other’s limitations. We are blessed to have found each other and as long as we are together, we can tackle anything.
Does it help that both of you are from the same profession and that you could both lean on each other for support?
It does help when your partner comes from the same profession because there is a lot more understanding. The most important thing is that we love, understand, listen, and support each other. We also make sure to point out if one of us is wrong or could do something better.
What are the projects you are currently working on?
We will soon start shooting for the next season of Qubool Hai. There is another project that I can’t speak about right now. Everything is at a standstill right now owing to the lockdown as the country has been hit by the second wave of Covid-19.
You’ve also been dabbling in other creative avenues… painting for instance. Does adding a totally different dimension to your personality help in being a better actor?
Thanks to the inconsistency of work in our industry (in the past year)... that gave me enough time to open myself to another avenue or dimension — painting. Adding another dimension to yourself helps you become better in whatever you do. There is a lot of connection between creating art and performing art. As an actor, it helps me understand a lot of things from different perspectives.
Would you say the rise of video streaming platforms is a blessing in disguise for actors like you for being able to explore characters that are traditionally considered unconventional?
The blessing in disguise is the fact that everyone is evolving — the makers as well as the audience. A lot more content is being created, which is great for everyone who is involved in the creative field.
Is the screen size even a factor now for actors like you?
No, not at all! The screen size doesn’t matter to me.
Your idea of the perfect man?
Someone who has an open mind, who is willing to evolve, be better for himself and for his loved ones.
What makes a perfect companion?
Someone with whom you can share both — conversations and silence.
One relationship rule you always follow?
Never take your partner for granted.
One trait in your personality not many know of?
I am extremely ritualistic.
What’s on top of your bucket list?
To learn, practice, and master Telekinesis.
Your dream car?
I like bikes more!
What are you currently reading?
I don’t read books. I like to listen to e-books. I am listening to Sadhguru’s Inner Engineering.
What’s your style staple?
A good watch.
Make-up: Dinesh Patil; Hair: Ritesh Chudasama