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Karan Wahi opens up on his role in 'Channa Mereya': 'By the end of the show, I'll become a full-fledged chef'

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Actor Karan Wahi is once again set to rule the small screens with his show Channa Mereya. The actor, who has been a part of several web shows and music videos lately, has made a comeback on television after several years. The Free Press Journal caught up with Karan for an exclusive interview.

Opening up about his role, Karan says, “Channa Mereya is an out-and-out romantic drama. I play the role of a chef who is very angsty, talks very less, and he did not have the best time in the family. So the entire show starts with him coming back and how he plans to open a restaurant in his mother’s name, but he finds a place that is owned by the female protagonist. That’s where the drama will take over.”

However, Karan says he doesn’t think there’s anything similar between him and his character. “Eventually, a bit of me will go into him. But he’s too angsty for me to relate to him off-camera. The only thing I can probably relate to right now is that I love cooking. The lockdown made me realise how important knowing how to cook is,” he explains.

Revealing what he cooks the best, Karan shares, “I cook non-veg really well because I’m half a Kashmiri, and my friends have vouched for it. I hope that they’ve not lied to me (laughs). The mutton that I cook is great. Actually, I know how to cook all the things that I eat or like. It could be rajma chawal, dal chawal or chicken. Main bhukha nahi marunga. I’ve not tried making anything sweet until now. I’ve been in the kitchen almost every day on the set, so eventually, by the end of the show, I’ll become a full-fledged chef.”

Karan will also be performing action sequences in the show. “I was learning martial arts when I signed the show, and the makers told me there is a bit of action. But for the last one and a half months, I haven’t been able to do anything, considering I first pulled a muscle and then I fell sick. So my first action sequence will happen in the next 10 to 15 days,” he states.

The actor reveals what made him take so long to make his comeback on TV. “A lot of things matter. Primarily, the main reason was that I was doing something or the other on the web or other mediums. Television takes a lot of hours and days of the month. I was not ready to give 30 days of the month because I felt I would not be able to do justice to whatever I worked on. And now, after 18 years in the fraternity, I’ve learned the art of managing other things and how important personal life is. I think once all those aspects were sorted by the production and the channel, I said yes to the show. I also liked the concept of the show,” he shares.

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"The last few years have been a joy ride because I got to do films, web shows, I got to host and dance in reality shows, and I also got to do comedy. I got a chance to expose myself to a lot of things to understand what I was capable of. Not everything works but eventually, I will not regret the fact that I did not try. I've been happy and I think God has been really kind. Even now when I'm doing a daily soap, I will be doing a web show very soon. That's the entire aspect of work culture that I want to develop for myself," he signs off.

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