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In the limelight

Seasoned actor Kiran Kumar talks of the many shades of his career

PHOTO: ANU PUSHKARNA

Deep in thought Kiran Kumar doesn’t like to be called villain

Kiran Kumar is in a contemplative mood. Suddenly, he breaks out of the reverie. This son of yesteryear actor Jeevan is now a well identified name on television. So much that he is making a better fist of it now than in his innings as a villain in co untless Hindi films.

Not a bad guy

The veteran often seen in films as a villain or his henchman does not like to be called a villain. Though he did not quite make the cut as a hero, he is happy. “I am not a villain. I am a character artiste playing different characters and I just wanted to be a part of the industry. The industry and the audience accepted me very well. I am very happy and satisfied.” In an industry where many get instant fame and icon status, he got his moment under the sun after a long period of toil and hard work. That has not embittered him. The handsome actor says, “Name, fame and money is something which is destined. It comes at a certain time. As far as age is concerned, in Hollywood people of my age are recognised.”

Kiran has just come back from Kuwait after shooting for Yogesh Mittal’s film “Phir Kab Milenge”, balancing his film and television career. Kiran has taken full advantage of the growing demand for TV serials.

He says: “I have been doing TV serials for over 21 years and have done more than 5500 episodes.”

No regrets

With such an exposure he has no regrets about the small screen entering his life a bit late. His latest serial to hit the screen “Pankhh Hote To Ud Jaati” has him playing the role of a perfect father. Kiran tells, “My character Inder Saxena is a simple middle class man. This character can be found in your neighbourhood, your father, your friend or even yourself.”

He further tells, “It is not a family drama, it is a family story which is very realistic, which can be linked and watched with the family, this is a no-nonsense serial, I promise that I will make you weep every week.”

S.M. AAMIR

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