Despite of being a well-known public figure in the entertainment industry, he is a genuine, down to earth and a simple person in reality. We had a small interaction with Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hain and Bigg Boss Season 10 fame actor, Karan Mehra. Very popular by his character name, Naitik Singhania, Karan has a very interesting journey to share with us. Scroll down to have a glance at it.
Tell us something about yourself that the world is not aware of.
Well, after Bigg Boss, I think there’s nothing about me that the world is not aware or familiar of. I am a very simple and an open book to read, a person living an extremely simple life, down to earth and the only thing I am very particular about is cleanliness. I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which I am sure the audience is well aware of by now, after watching me in BB10.
You have pursued a degree in Fashion Designing. Why didn’t you consider fashion designing as your career?
I did work as a designer for good 4 years back in Noida, Delhi. But I always wished to be into the entertainment industry. I always wanted to become a model. Having worked with some of the top directors like Rajkumar Hirani and Ram Gopal Verma as a designer, it helped me survive behind the camera. I have personally styled many actors, such as Amitabh Bachchan ji and my wife Nisha Rawal as well, who already is a well known face in the industry.
Who is your favourite designer and why?
Well, I like Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and I follow a lot of other overseas designers as well. If you speak about the Indian designers, I think, Ritu Kumar and Rohit Bahl are some real good designers. Rohit Verma has always been a close friend, whose designs I highly appreciate. In the current scenario, I think, Manish Malhotra is doing exceptionally well, and so is Rohit Verma.
What is fashion according to you?
Fashion for me is to look good. And you automatically look good when you feel comfortable in whatever you wear, regardless of the brand or the designer.
What and who motivated or inspired you to get into acting?
Well, as I mentioned earlier as well, I always wanted to be a part of this entertainment world. I always wanted to get into acting. While I was in college, I did some modelling, a couple of music video shoots, seeing which my friends would always insist and motivate me to go into this field. And that is when I totally dedicated myself to acting.
How supportive your family was for your decision of taking up acting as a career?
Well, initially they were quite skeptical about my decision of getting into acting as I’ve never stayed away from my home. Their major issue of concern was me being away from them in Mumbai. In the start, it was difficult to convince them. But I made a practical decision as acting and modelling is what I always wanted. But, once they were convinced, they always were and still are very supportive.
Tell us something about your first audition for YRKKH.
Well, practically I was never auditioned for Yeh Rishta, reason being the director approached me at the very last minute when they were in search of the male lead for the show. We met and discussed and that is how I got on board for the show.
You had a rough patch for say around 2 years. How did you overcome that?
That was pretty long back. During that phase, my wife Nisha was already a very well known model. She had already done a couple of movies as well. She guided me throughout the process saying I should definitely get into acting. I did a lot of ads and then finally, I got a big break with YRKKH.
We all have seen your performance in Bigg Boss 10. How was your journey in the BB house?
The journey has been good. It was a very memorable time of my life. People got to see the real side of me. The best part about the show was, it did not change me a bit. I always was the same person as I was on Bigg Boss.
Do you still follow Bigg Boss? Who according to you deserves to be the winner of season 10?
Well, I kind of follow the show but not daily. I’d wish to see Bani win. But I somewhere feel Manveer could be the winner.
Tell us something about your future projects.
Well, at the moment, nothing is concrete. I am in talks about a few projects. At the moment, I am enjoying my time off after a rigorous schedule of shooting daily from past 8 years.
You’ve done a movie, Love Story 2050. Movies or Television, what would be your pick?
Well, if I have a pretty good script for any television show, I am always open to it. Also, like every other actor, I’d like to try my hand more on movies as well, if that come across.
How has choosing acting as a profession changed your life?
It’s like a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to be an actor. What more could have I asked for!
You are a well-known personality now. Any crazy fan story you’d like to share?
Well, there are many. But this crazy incident happened when me and Nisha were in Gangtok were walking by the market. Suddenly a group of 5-6 girls saw us and they started screaming our names. They knew us as we were a part of Nach Baliye as well. I wasn’t wearing a hat that time, and you won’t believe, within a span of 2 minutes, we were surrounded by 200 people. I get really scared when something like this happens when Nisha is around. We had no option, but to run during that moment. So, we did the same and saved ourselves.
Any message for the viewers of Tell Me Nothing?
All I’d like to say is thank you for all the support and unconditional love that you’ve showered on me and Nisha throughout. Without you all, my journey would’ve been all the more tough. Thank you for accepting me as Naitik Singhania and I promise to come up with many other promising characters as well. I love you all. God bless.
So, the Director of Tell Me Nothing, Shweta Shah, got a chance to personally meet Karan Mehra. We shall let the picture do the talking.
P.S.: We interviewed Karan Mehra before the finale of Bigg Boss Season 10. Hence some questions are framed and asked accordingly
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