Bahu Hamari Rajnikant has been creating waves since it first aired this Monday. The one week old show which tells the tale of a dedicated scientist and his humanoid creation, is truly a breath of fresh air. Urban Asian got in touch with the man behind the scientific phenomena – Shaan (played by Karan V Grover), here’s what he had to say!
Bahu Hamari Rajnikant received a positive response from audiences across the board. How does it feel?
To be very honest I feel very relieved, it’s a new concept it’s a novel idea so 1 is always apprehensive whether the Indian audience will approve of something as experimental as this.
You’ve graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. Did that in anyway spark your interest in playing an inventor on screen?
My background in chemical engineering never inspired me to become an actor in fact I always kept thinking that I should do something more academic but once I became an actor I started realising that my interest towards science fiction, robotics ,superheroes is undying, I have loved superheroes and I have loved robotics in films like bicentennial man, artificial intelligence (AI), all my life.
The show takes a more satirical approach to the idea of modern day working women, what’s your take on the modern woman?
The modern woman knows she is the torch bearer of the society and she knows that she can at every given step carry the legacy of the human race forward. She is more solution oriented she is more giving and she is definitely more accepting of her strengths and weaknesses.
For years, male leads carried the burden of being heroic while women were the damsel in distress but with Shaan, we see an intelligent but more humanistic male lead. How reflective is this change of modern society?
My character actually has more intelligent approach to various problems in everyday life and he brings out the hero in Rajni through his intelligent and futuristic creation, as of humanistic qualities Shaan himself is a robot in his head because he really doesn’t get the emotional paraphernalia that comes with various relationships.
In my opinion this does not reflect the change in the modern man in todays society in fact I feel the modern man today is more sensitive and definitely has developed more empathy towards various relationships and specially towards women
And as of the damsel in distress I think in this case Shaan is the one who is going to be in distress and Rajni is going to land up being the hero and is going to save him at various occasions.
What’s it like working with Ridhima Pandit?
Ridhima is a sweetheart she is effortless to work with she is open to change and she definitely does not make you feel that she is acting for the first time in her life.
The show has countless comical moments to offer but has there been any funny incidents off screen?
A lot of funny things actually keep happening on the set for example when Rajni has to imitate a big Bollywood heroine she lands up getting confused between Sridevi and Juhi Chawla and then she learns a break dance steps from one film but the dialogue from another’s.
What is your message for fans?
A big thank you to all my fans it is only because of your love and admiration that I have reached this far in life and it is only because of your interest do I get opportunities to play various characters on screen ,as always I promise I will keep you entertained as long as I can.