Rushad Rana is currently seen as Anirudh in Rajan Shahi's "Anupamaa". The actor portrays the role of an estranged husband and says he uses the emotional memory of his past to play his character with perfection.
The Hip Hip Hurray actor had a love-cum-arranged marriage in 2010 and got divorced in 2013. His on-screen character is also going through a separation in Anupamaa, and he says it makes it easier for him to relate to it.
"I am a divorcee in real life, I obviously saw a lot going through my marriage, especially during the divorce. And now that I am playing someone who is getting separated in the show, it becomes a little easier for me to relate to the character because I have already gone through those emotions and feelings. So, it helps me to play the character. An emotional memory is always beneficial for an actor, so I go back to my emotional memory and pull out a lot of things that I have experienced myself which kind of help in shape Anirudh's character. When we get training in theatre, there is something called as 'relying on your emotional memory', so if you have to play something similar then you tap onto your emotional memory and it makes it easier for you to perform. As an actor you need to be aware of that," he said.
Asked if misses being with a partner, he said, "There is a void of a partner and a companion and when the right person walks in I would be happy to make her a part of my life. I am someone who has always liked companionship and partnership. I like to be in a relationship. So yes, I do miss that, and I believe whenever God has destined it will happen."
Rushad is getting great feedback for his role in the show. Though his character is not seen that often, he always leaves the audience in awe with his impactful performance. He said that an actor is not remembered for his screen time, but for what he does on-screen.
He added, "In Rajan ji's show all the characters are so beautifully weaved in that everyone has something to do, everyone has a justification. The same is for my character Anirudh, though I am not seen every day, whenever he is coming on screen he is going to do something meaningful and he pushes the story further. So it really benefits an actor as far as his satisfaction is concerned, and at the same time, people remember the character too. They wait for the character to come on screen. I think that benefits an actor in every way."
Sharing more about Anirudh, he said that it's a very real character because there is a justification for his behaviour.