Anand Suryavanshi who played the character of Rishi in Star Plus afternoon show Grihasthi is down with severe back pain. "I had a re-occurring slip disc problem which has got worse. I am on bed rest for the past 10/15 days. There is an inflammation and the doctors say it is prolapsed disc problem. I am feeling better now, and am more mobile now".
Once he recovers, Andy as he is popularly called would try his hand in Bollywood. "I am looking at interesting roles". Although he agrees that only few telly stars have succeeded in making the transition to big screen, he states, "It does not mean that I should be scared. I clearly know what kind of stuff I am looking at. I would not be content in just filling up the canvas".
Anand who has also done Mamta and Sindoor among other shows, gets defensive when questioned on the fate of Grihasti. "I will not say it was a major hit, but we did decently well!. And plus tell me one afternoon daily which has really rocked the TRP charts?"
He further added that for the moment he is on break when it comes to television. "I might return if something interesting turns up!". Personally he likes hit international formats, but is realistic enough to know that they will not happen in India any soon. "For the moment, shows with rustic back ground( Ballika Badhu and Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya) are ruling the roost. TV industry always follows the clone trend, but sadly at the end of day, only the leader is remembered. We all talk about KBC, does anybody ever mention Sawaal Dus Crore Ka?", he states.
Andy also admits that he has not got any reality shows till now. "But may be that's a plus for I am not over exposed".
I have done good amount of work but may be not on well known channels, e.g. Zameen Se Aasman Tak, Kya Dill Mein Hai (9X). He had also done a small cameo in Sony's failed show Viruddh. "I had fun for it was a treat working with a senior actor like Vikram Gokhale", he ends.
Reporter and Author: Anil Merani