Barun Sobti talks about the comeback episode of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon and how his Bollywood career is faring.
After burning his fingers in movies, Barun Sobti is back with his old show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. When he had left the superhit show mid-way, the makers were left in a lurch, as viewers were not ready to accept anyone else but Barun and the show had to be cancelled midway. The actor is now back and fans are excited with the news of a special episode of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon to be aired featuring Barun.
Why is he coming back with the old show?
“Why not?” asks Barun. “Shooting for IPKKND is like a new beginning for me. I did it because I have been very close to the show, and I see no reason not to do it. It was great fun being with my team all over again. I am open to performing in TV shows. The only thing I dread is a daily show, any weekly show would be fine with me.”
About the fresh show, he says, “We are going to be there together, along with most of the other cast.” The episode will be aired on Hot Star, and Barun says, “It’s a brand new episode, shot fresh. Since we were to shoot it all over again I’m excited about it. It was a short thing of about 10 capsules, which could be finished soon.”
About working again with Khushi Kumari Gupta (Sanya Irani) and Arnav Singh Raizada, he says, “While working together, we did touch upon a few earlier points that we had shot then. However, I have been in touch with all the technicians and the team so I had actually never missed them.” About leaving television for movies, he says, “Actually, I am going ahead with the best among the options I have. It’s a risk and whatever good or bad may be the outcome, I have no one to blame. But I am expecting something good to happen. I am committed to many other things apart from films, which keep me busy, so I have to manage my time well. Films are going on at their pace and I am in no hurry. I do not want to just opt for any and every film that comes my way. I will only commit to interesting scripts and characters.
“While being away from television, I had a lot many commitments on the home front, therefore I was spending time with my family,” he adds.
“I am very happy with the way things are moving ahead in the film front,” he says, adding that he will soon be seen in the film Satra ko Shaadi, produced by John Abraham. “I’m also playing a Bengali named Ron Sen, a sports agent, in the film 22 Yards. The film is directed by sports journalist Mitali Ghosh. Another film in the pipeline is Tu Mera Sunday, which is being made by ad filmmaker Milind Dhaimade.”
Was it worth the risk? Leaving a successful TV career for the uncharted waters of Bollywood?
“You see, everything in life is risky. Mostly, films of saleable artists’ do well at the box office. I hope to get meaningful films with good stories, which of late have started getting the attention of audiences, and we hope this continues. All who desire to make good films need to do well. I have no regrets after getting into this profession. Now, I am heading forward slowly and steadily and I really hope to do well.”