If you find actor Ashiesh Roy with a huge smile plastered on his face these days, he has a justifiable reason for it. "It is not everyday that an actor gets to play a character immortalized by the king of comedy Mehmood saab!", enthused Ashiesh.
"I had played a south Indian film director in one of his sitcoms years ago with Bhagyashree, and I guess, he must have thought I could do justice to the role in Maniben. We had a blast shooting the episodes".
Being a Bengali, wouldn't he have preferred doing Kishore Kumar's character from Padosan? "If I had played it, everyone would have said that being a Bengali it would have been easy for me to do it, which would have been wrong anyway since Kishore da was brilliant in that character. Besides, I had already played that character in last year's ITA Awards. Playing a Tamilian and paying homage to Mehmood saab was double the challenge," smiled Ashiesh.
The episodes featuring Ashiesh Roy will air from next Tuesday on Sab TV.