Kritika Kamra and Karan Kundra are one of the hottest small screen couples. In a chat with Divya Kaushik, the two say they would prefer not to work than doing some stupid television show
She drools over him. He puts his arms around her. They look lovingly at each other and that gets my photographer colleague the perfect shot. However, Kritika Kamra and Karan Kundra really don't need to do much to portray their love for each other as their eyes say it all — love is in the air. Perhaps this is the reason that even before this "hottest TV couple" from Kitani Mohabbat
Hai could announce their affection for each other, their friends knew they are in love. The couple attributes this to their onscreen chemistry and bonding. "But we have no complaints. On the contrary, that has been the best thing to happen to us. In fact, you will be surprised that we never thought it important or necessary to propose to each other formally. Everything was conveyed without any spoken words," says Karan.
We'd bumped into the couple in the lobby of The Lalit Hotel in the Capital around an hour before and found that they had come here to meet their fans. "This is the best time to meet them as love is in the air with Valentine's Day just a couple of days away. To both of us, Delhi means loads of fun. We get excited whenever there are plans to visit the National Capital. In fact, I've done my schooling and graduation from Delhi while Karan hails from Jalandhar and has many friends here. Apart from our love for Delhi, we have another thing in common — love for food," says Kritika.
The two have done three shows together and say they feel fortunate to have got an opportunity to work with each other even as the audience loved their chemistry. "When you are a part of television industry, you hardly get time to spend with each other so whenever we do, we try to utilise it to the maximum, even if it is on the sets. I'm sure if he would have worked in some other show and I was working in another one then it would have been difficult to take this relationship to this level. Because we are together, we don't mind staying away from family and working the entire day," says Kritika. Adds Karan, "For us, it was no love at first sight. It happened gradually. I only realised that I was in love when we spent almost the entire day in each other's company and found myself most comfortable with her."
The couple agrees that television has a short shelf-life and it is impossible to find roles after audience start recognising and relating with you with one character. "For example, to a majority of TV viewers, we are Arjun and Aarohi first and then Karan and Kritika. It is very difficult to break that mould of one character and look out for better roles in future. You can shine just once and then you just need to sustain yourself with whatever roles you are offered," says Kritika. Puts in Karan, "But I think it is better to get recognition and be related with a character and then call it a day than keep doing some stupid roles. I don't know whether I'll be doing any show after Kitani Mohabbat Hai
II or not but it would definitely not be something that I wouldn't enjoy doing."
On one hand, our films are getting more and more experimental while on the other, the daily soaps are going down in quality and content. "There is no originality in daily soaps today. At least what we have done (a love story) has a specific target audience and we, as actors, relate to the storyline. Most serials we watch today are khichdi.
They neither entertain nor address social issues..." says Kritika. Agrees Karan, "These serials bring in light and promote the social issues and the idea to make such serials is so silly." Does that mean they are not looking forward to doing any more shows, if not a love story in future? "I don't know as of now. I would rather prefer doing something far more challenging and rewarding than serials," says Karan sounding determined of not doing any further TV shows. "We don't plan things for future but one thing is for sure that we won't take up a serial we can't relate with. At our age, there are a number of interesting things one can do," says Kritika who might return to her college but Karan is still to decide. "But not anywhere near books," he says.
For all newbies and youngsters who think the television industry is glamorous, Kritika says, "A large number of them get attracted by the glitz and glamour but one needs to really slog it out and involves lots of hard work. Moreover, it is immensely difficult to survive as you don't always get good roles."
However, both of them acknowledge the fact that they are professionals on the sets and keep telling each other about their performances. "I'm sometimes so scared of Kritika. She is a wonderful actor and understands the nuances of the profession," says Karan and Kritika takes over, "I think we are just honest with each other when it comes to work and respect each other's talent. It helps both of us."
The couple though doesn't have any extended plans for the upcoming V-Day but Kritika is sure Karan will make it special. "I enjoy being pampered and loaded with gifts and he does such interesting things to impress me that I run short of words to praise him. So this V-Day, I'm looking forward to some more surprises," smiles Kritika
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