Mumbai — He’s the latest television actor trying to hit it big on the big screen as hero. Karan Singh Grover, the only actor to have an almost militant fan base called “Karan Protection Squad” that keeps tabs on his work and the critiques he gets, and even hits out at his detractors, is making his debut in Bipasha Basu’s “Alone.” Here’s a quick chat with the hunky actor.
Q: When you came to know that Bipasha Basu was your heroine, what were your feelings?
A: My first reaction was that laddoo phoot gaye (expression for being very ecstatic)! Then came the thought that I have to match her level of work and performance and her sheer presence. In the intimate sequences we did later, even after working with her for a while, I was very nervous, complete with sweaty palms. The entire unit being there made it worse. Like everyone knew who she was and not me — there were so many such emotions in my head! More, I had never done a kissing scene, and she had done so many! And I had to make a mark. Also, I did not want to slow down the pace by needing many retakes and wasting the unit’s time. But she made me so comfortable.
Q: Both of you have a passion for fitness.
A: Yes, I am very health conscious and count calories at every meal and never miss my workouts. But after a draining all-day shoot, I would think of making an exception, and that was when Bipasha would rapidly plan the rest of the day after pack-up, and would inspire me to work out, as she was doing it too.
Q: With a top actor in a dual role, what made you think that “Alone” was the right vehicle for your big-screen debut?
A: My thought process is different — it’s never about genre or co-star but about an interesting story. Then even a small role does not matter.
Q: Which is your favorite Indian horror film and why?
A: It is “Bhoot,” because fear was created through the way the film was made.
Q: What has television taught you as actor?
A: Enthusiasm and passion should never wane, or one should never do television or acting, because you will never get anywhere without them.
Q: What has been the reaction of your television colleagues to your shift to the big screen?
A: It’s very difficult to appreciate other people’s success, but so many people said positive things about me, even on social media. But I also do not intend to give up TV, as it is changing. We are progressing to better stories.
Q: What next in films?
A: I have a three-film deal with producer Kumar Mangat Pathak.
Q: Are you still best friends with your ex-wife Jennifer Winget? (Karan was also married to Shradha Nigam)
A: No, we are not in touch. But she is also making her big screen debut and I hope she is successful and finds happiness.
Q: What about you?
A: My New Year resolution is no relationships! Seriously! I need to take time out to understand myself and reflect on why I am here.