Not at all. I donít believe in the media hype 'negative or positive ' about me. An actor keeps struggling all his life. My first big break Kahiin To Hoga was a turning point in my life. I auditioned for Sujalís role in Delhi along with 500 other hopefuls. I got selected.
I canít comment. But even after I quit the show Iím known as Sujal. The women continue to think of me as Sujal. I respect their feelings.
I donít know why. Those who know me donít despise me. Probably these rumours have to do with the insecurities of the rumour-mongers. Theyíve nothing to do with me. I donít care about such allegations. I care about my work and the people I work with. If the spotboys feel Iím not a good human being then itíd be time for me to go for a reality check. Otherwise, I donít care whatís written about me.
Not really. We both know what happened. It was a mutual decision for me to move on. Her ideas on how to play Sujal didnít jell with me. The actor within me couldnít agree with the way she wanted the role to be played. I couldíve worked with Balaji Telefilms for 10 more years. They couldíve slashed my price, and I wouldnít have cared. But the liberties being taken with logistics in my characterisation were unbearable for me. I was being watched minutely by viewers. It was Sujal who became a rage, not Rajiv Khandelwal.
I donít know about that. Iíve stopped watching Kahiin To Hoga. But when Iíd go abroad as Sujal Iíd be mobbed far more intensely than so many filmstars. Women threw jewellery at me. Did I have the right to enjoy Sujalís stardom when I was no longer enjoying playing him'
I wonít be dishonest. I did my best on the serial. I canít comment on other departments of the serial. It did succeed in getting me out of the chocolate-box image which people thought was insurmountable. I think Sujal cannot be forgotten. But Varun in Time Bomb wasnít rejected. People liked my action sequence. If I was ripped for it, thatís okay. It means I make a difference. I donít go out my way to offend people.
It would be improper to comment. But, yes, I had certain expectations. And I got to work with awesome people. I evolved as a person and actor, I was given a rupee. I tried to show it as five. Iím not doing the second season of Time Bomb.