From being the adventurous Angad in Kaisa Yeh Pyaar Hai to the outstanding Anushman in Tumhari Pakhi, actor Iqbal Khan has always inspired his fans to stand out in the crowd. It’s no wonder that this television hunk is all that the audience is raving about. We caught up with Iqbal to see what drives him to strive in life. Here is what he had to say about his inspiration, his work and his upcoming projects!
You previously did Khatron Ke Khiladi and now you are hosting NDTV Boot Camp. How does it feel going from being the challengee to the challenger?
How does it feel when you are in 6th grade and when you move up to grade 10th and 11th grade. It is “I am in high school” kind of feeling.
In your last daily soap Tumhari Pakhi you worked closely with Divyam Dhama. What was it like working with him? How does having a child on set change the dynamics of the work environment?
I am really fond of Divyam, we had really good time on the sets but personally I am against kids shooting continuously. I feel strongly that parents should refrain from encouraging kids shooting for such long hours. My opinion on this matter is very strong; therefore I am very much opposed to it. I simply do not like it. It’s their time to spend in school with kids of their own age. It puts a lot of pressure on these little kids to shoot for daily soaps.I do understand if it’s a hobby they want to pursue, or want to take up acting in future. Five days a month is not a bad thing but more than that, it’s horrendous and parents need to have a re-think.
You’ve done everything from daily soaps to episodics to stunt reality, is there a chance we will get to see you do dance reality show?
Never say never….
In what ways do you feel that the Indian television scene has changed in the past decade?
To begin with schedule timings have become normal and more humane, the content is constantly changing not at the speed I would like to. Though the changes are slow, I am happy shows are not that regressive anymore.
Whom do you consider to be your inspiration in life?
It would be Prophet Muhammed and my father.
If you were given a chance to work with any Hollywood actor whom would you like to work with?
It would definitely be Jack Nicholson.
Fitness is a huge part of your life, what fitness tips would you like to give to your fans?
Workouts at least 4 times a week and never eat your stomach full.
You have a lovely daughter, Ammara, If you had to give one parenting tip or words of wisdom to the soon to be parents out there what would you tell them?
Try your level best to make sure that they become good human beings rather than intelligent children.
What is your message for fans?
Keep me in your duas and pray for me always, I need more love.