ďYou canít start thinking youíve arrived with your first serial. If you do, you are on the way out even before you have arrived. You know, Iím working with some of the most disciplined and work-oriented seniors in Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka, like Dolly Thakore, Bharati Achrekar and Dara Singh. Daraji actually stands with his hands folded when the director explains the shots. Thatís the humility and concentration I also saw in Fardeen Khan and Esha Deol when I was shooting with them for Meghna Gulzarís Baat Pakki. But I have never encountered such behaviour before during any shooting,Ē says Eijaz Khan about his spat with costar Sanjeeda on the sets of Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka.
Ever-reluctant to get into controversies Eijaz opens up grudgingly. ďIím no longer stressed. Iím smiling, and shooting. The show must go on. But on Monday I was stressed. See, when Iím on the sets I expect my costars to pay full attention. Thatís the way it was during Kahiin To Hoga and KavyAnjali. Thatís the protocol on the setsÖat least, it used to be. It isnít so anymore. Everyone chats at the top of their voice. Theyíre only fooling around constantly. For me, the whole universe revolves around the scene that Iím doing. Maybe other TV actors think TV is a casual medium. Not me. When I give a good shot I feel optimum satisfaction.Ē
The actor sighs. ĎWeíve a new director in Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka. At the end of the day I feel responsible because Mrs [Shobha] Kapoor or Ekta are not standing on the sets, and I donít want the wrong information to filter back to them. Today, I have a decent technical knowledge on camera angles, etc. So Iím able to contribute to the production. Unfortunately, others around me donít seem to share my enthusiasm.Ē
So what happened between Eijaz and his costar on Monday' ďI was trying to coordinate a scene with a five-year-old girl. She had to give a multitude of expressions. I was constantly rehearsing with the kid when I heard loud voices from a corner of the set. I donít want to specifically say anything about any one actress. Any kind of disturbance on the set bothers me. I did ask that the noise be stopped. Sanjeeda took offence. She turned around and challenged me, asking, ďWho are you talking to'Ē I turned around and reminded her that I donít speak to her until I have to. Voices were raised. I lost my cool. I left the set and raised my voice at the EP. I told him Iíd go back on the set and raise my voice again at her if there was any lack of discipline.Ē
When asked if Sanjeeda was a disruptive force on the sets Eijaz turns sarcastic. ďSheís too big for me to comment on. She is, after all, playing Nimmo. Youíve no idea what Iíve gone through. I donít let such things affect me on a personal level. But my work gets affected. The other actors may think it makes no difference. But every shot means a lot to me. Iíd like to add that Iíve put in three years of hard work, 18 hours a day. Thatís not Sanjeedaís problem. But itís a measure of my dedication to my work. I know screw-ups happen. I donít want to be responsible when they do. I had a similar run-in during KavyAnjali.Ē
Eijaz is going ahead with his work in Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka. ďI wonít let anyone affect my efficiency level. So what if I donít get along with my costar' Iíll just act as though we get along. True, weíd have done much better if there was a camaraderie.
ďIf Iíve to raise my voice for my work Iíll do it. But this is not the way to function specially on a new serial. I know how much is riding on me through the two serials Iím doing. I canít let Ekta Kapoor down.Ē