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Serial winner

Landing a role in Ekta Kapoor's mega-serial Kasautii Zindagii Kay made actor Karanvir Bohra a household name

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 7.12.14

Success came to me early in life with the teleserial Just Mohabbat that was on air in the late '90s. I was still in school at that time and so the experience of having my own money was very special. I belong to a family of film-makers and after assisting my father, producer-director Mahendra Bohra, behind the camera for years, I decided to face it and turned to acting. After a photo shoot by fashion photographer Dabboo Ratnani, a model coordinator introduced me to directors Tony and Deeya Singh. I auditioned for the role of Kabir in Just Mohabbat and bagged it! This was a big turning point in my life.

I studied in G.D. Somani Memorial School in Mumbai, but wasn't too academically inclined. And I feel that led me to explore more interesting avenues. I was in college when I watched the Marathi play, All The Best, and was mesmerised. It taught me a lot about the importance of actors interacting with the audience.

Fresh out of college, a chance meeting with producer-director B.P. Singh landed me the job to assist him on the sets of the now famous detective series, C.I.D.

My next big break came with the role of Prem in producer Ekta Kapoor's mega serial, Kasautii Zindagii Kay. With Kasautii... I got the recognition that I had been waiting for all along. This was followed by another popular serial Dil Se Di Dua...Saubhagyavati Bhava that earned me praise for my acting.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have the love and blessings of three very important women in my life — my mother, my wife Teejay Sidhu and Ekta Kapoor. It is their faith in me that helped me transform myself into a better actor. Another person who mentored me is actor Salman Khan — whom I've known for years as we are family friends. I think he is the most dynamic and stylish man in the film industry.

I am extremely happy with the way my career has shaped up so far. I love working on the teleserial Qubool Hai — one of the most important projects that I have bagged to date. It feels great to know that people are appreciating my on-screen chemistry with my co-star Surbhi Jyoti.

In short, my life's on a fast track — and I love every bit of it.