A candid tete-a-tête about life, love & success with Karan Kundrra

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I don’t have a plan for the next five years. I literally go by the flow. I am very particular about my career. So, I do things that I like, and I don’t do things I don’t enjoy. It is always about experimenting and looking at what life throws at me. As long as I am growing as a person and as an artist, it is all good! 

I never did realise it. It just happened. I was back in Punjab, and Ekta Ma’am saw me on Facebook. I was not even in Mumbai. I never imagined myself in the entertainment industry because I was so far away even from the concept. It was destiny. Ekta Ma’am called me Mumbai, and as they say, the rest is history. 

Karan Kundrra

Fear of loneliness and ending up alone is my biggest fear! The kind of person I am, I tend to lose touch with my friends. All the people who are there in my life are the people who have made an effort to be in my life.

DTM. You have started your career with hosting and  your story is quite inspirational. Please share a glimpse of it with us?

KK. I did not start my career with hosting. I started my career with a full-fledged daily soap back in 2009, but hosting came naturally to me when we decided to do Gumrah. For me, it wasn’t really hosting because it was a part of the story and the narration. We would play with the dimension of the storytelling. Eventually, Roadies and Love School happened. It has been challenging because hosting requires a lot of skills. I have seen these great hosts, and I have wondered if I would be able to do it. But it just happened. I did it my own way with my own sensibilities, and it worked. 

DTM. How would you describe yourself in 5 words?

KK. The most important word for me is driven. I am very honest and passionate about my work. And the rest would be heart and heart! 

DTM. When did you first realise that you want to work in the entertainment industry?

KK. I never did realise it. It just happened. I was back in Punjab, and Ekta Ma’am saw me on Facebook. I was not even in Mumbai. I never imagined myself in the entertainment industry because I was so far away even from the concept. It was destiny. Ekta Ma’am called me Mumbai, and as they say, the rest is history. 

DTM. Which was your most loved character till date?

KK. All the characters that I have played are extremely close to my heart, but if I had to choose, it would be two – Arjun, my first character, and Ritwik from Dil Hi Toh Hai. The first character is always special because you actually learn on the fly, and Ritwik was very much me. The amount of confidence Ekta Ma’am had in me for the show was incredible! She allowed me to be whoever I wanted to be as long as I didn’t get out the character gist. It was the character I made. 

DTM. 2020 has been life changing for most of us, what is it that kept you going? Any time for introspection or any new lessons learned or any new skills acquired?

KK. A lot of introspection happened during the lockdown. From shooting for two shows, a film, and promoting a show to doing nothing – one is forced to spend time with yourself and introspect. Even the journey in the Bigg Boss has changed me completely. It has been a life-altering time for me.

DTM. Your plans for the next 5 years?

KK. I don’t have a plan for the next five years. I literally go by the flow. I am very particular about my career. So, I do things that I like, and I don’t do things I don’t enjoy. It is always about experimenting and looking at what life throws at me. As long as I am growing as a person and as an artist, it is all good! 

Rapid-Fire

You at your first audition… I never had the first audition. I was picked up from Facebook. But I did a series of tests later. The most important test was for Alankrita Shrivastava, who made Lipstick Under My Burkha. She was looking for a character for a Netflix film. I really wanted to be a part of that film because I wanted to work with her. And I gave my all. 

Reality Show or web series..which one you pick… Why can’t I pick both! I am doing both. 

Your childhood crush… Let that be in childhood! (Laughs) I had a crush on Julia Roberts. 

Your biggest fear in life… Fear of loneliness and ending up alone is my biggest fear! The kind of person I am, I tend to lose touch with my friends. All the people who are there in my life are the people who have made an effort to be in my life.

Something that makes you happy… Puppies make me happy, looking at a child play with his mother or father makes me happy, watching people happy makes me happy. 

An idea of a best & a worst date… I have heard I am married, and I have two kids. I have heard things about my sexual orientation. 

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve heard about yourself… Constructive criticism is really good. I have always had a positive approach towards criticism. There’s a difference between trolling and criticism. I showed my music video to my girlfriend, and she gave me her honest opinion. It depends where it is coming from, and if it comes from someone who cares for you, you should take it. 

Gym or Yoga… None. 

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