After Karan Singh Grover's exit, Gaurav Chopraa in talks to play Mr Bajaj in Kasautii Zindagii Kay

Updated: Jun 18, 2020, 10:06 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

As actor Karan Singh Grover showed no willingness to return to play Mr Bajaj in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, makers are now in talks with Gaurav Chopraa

Gaurav Chopraa, Karan Singh Grover (Picture courtesy/Instagram)
Gaurav Chopraa, Karan Singh Grover (Picture courtesy/Instagram)

Actor Gaurav Chopraa has been approached by the makers of Television soap Kasautii Zindagii Kay, as Karan Singh Grover opted out as Mr. Bajaj and is not willing to return to the show. The reason for Karan to opting out of the show was due to concerns about the Coronavirus crisis.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 is set to resume its shoot from next week and there is a strong buzz about actor Gaurav Chopraa being finalised to replace Karan Singh Grover. While Gaurav has not rubbished the news of him being approached by the makers to step into Karan Singh Grover's shoes as Mr. Bajaj, he rather stated that he would like to give out an official statement, only after Balaji Telefilms' announce it.

Also Read: The Secret Life Of Mr Bajaj

Talking about Karan Singh Grover, the actor in an earlier interview had said that it was not easy to recreate the iconic character - Mr. Bajaj (which was played by Ronit Roy in the 2001 series). "It's been quite challenging. We have put in a lot of hard work and effort to make Mr. Bajaj accepted the way he was loved and accepted by the audience years ago. It's not only my efforts...Ekta Kapoor (producer), Shivangi, Muzzamil and Khwaja helped me shape this character and making is as magnanimous as it is," Karan told IANS.

Not only in the reboot version, but Karan was also a part of the first season in which he played the role of Prerna's (Shweta Tiwari) son-in-law. After playing Mr Bajaj, Karan's life came to full circle. "Life is like a complete circle...It's all about the pattern. Honestly speaking, it is fun to be the only person who was in the first version of the show and now playing a bigger and better iconic role in the second version. It is a great feeling," he added.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay is a romantic drama TV series which features Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes, Hina Khan, Karan Singh Grover (who is no more part of the show) and Aamna Sharif. The show is a reboot of the 2001 hit series Kasautii Zindagii Kay, which featured Shweta Tiwari, Cezzane Khan, Hiten Tejwani, Ronit Roy and Urvashi Dholakia.

As the new episodes of Kasautii Zindagii Kay start airing, will we see a 'new' Mr. Bajaj in the form of Gaurav Chopraa? Well, let's wait for the official announcement. Stay tuned.

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    Born on April 4, 1979, Television actor Gaurav Chopra hails from Delhi and is the son of a prominent businessman. Gaurav has lived a lavish childhood due to his affluent background. (All photos/Gaurav Chopra's official Instagram account)

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    Gaurav Chopra completed his schooling from St. Columba's School, New Delhi and went to National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi. Yes, not many know that the actor holds a degree in fashion designing. He graduated from NIFT in 2000.

    In picture: Gaurav Chopra's childhood photo

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    Gaurav Chopra made his acting debut with the television show Ssshhhh... Koi Hai in 2002. However, in 2004, he rose to prominence with the show Saara Akaash, where he played Abhay Singh Rathore.

    In picture: Gaurav Chopra is quite close to his mother and this picture is proof enough!

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    Gaurav Chopra starred in various popular TV shows such as Doli Armaano Ki, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na, Left Right Left among others during his early career. He went on to do stellar performances in Uttaran, Eisa Desh Hai Mera and others afterwards.

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    Gaurav Chopra is a huge fan of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. Incidentally, he used to even get compared to the thespian when he forayed into the entertainment industry due to his height and deep voice.

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    Gaurav Chopra is a good dancer as well and regularly participated in dance, drama and other extra-curricular activities during his school and college days.

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    Gaurav Chopra became one of the few Indian TV stars to foray into Hollywood. He had a small role in the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer Blood Diamond. He essayed a French journalist in the film. He was also roped in to be the voice of Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok. "This is the first time I am dubbing for anyone. It's not an easy task," he had said, during the dubbing of the film.

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    Gaurav Chopra may have become popular through his stint on daily soaps like Uttaran and Piya Ka Ghar, but the actor had once confessed that he never identified with such stories. In his more than a decade-long career on the small screen, he chose TV series and reality shows over daily soaps.

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    "I have never related personally to the saas-bahu shows and I have not been a part of many of those. I am not saas-bahu kind of an actor. My domain is to do different characters. Saas-bahu shows in my career do exist but in them too I have always played the non-saas-bahu type... I am sick of such shows," Gaurav said in a tell-all interview with mid-day.

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    Having started his career in television in 2004, Gaurav tried his hands in Hollywood too. That apart, he was one of the contestants of reality television shows such as Bigg Boss, Nach Baliye 2, Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout, Pati Patni Aur Woh. He also acted in the web series Fourplay and Love Lust & Confusion.

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    Well, he even tried his luck in Bollywood, but it wasn't a successful stint. Gaurav Chopra worked in the 2013 gangster film Rangdari. In fact, his first big-screen outing was the Tamil film Ottran in 2003, which too did not give him any fame. However, he has now become wiser with the film projects that come to him.

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    "After working in the industry for some time, it becomes difficult to start all over again. Since I have worked in television, people tend to slot me. I have always been very choosy on my shows, roles and appearance. Since my work is appreciated by the audience, I believe that good work should lead me to get more quality work. Not that I cannot approach people to work with me, it is just that I want people to give me work based on merit," said Gaurav, when asked about his plans in Bollywood anytime soon.

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    Besides, he said he is not one of those actors who will jump into a project because it is a film and an opportunity to appear on the big screen. "I do not discriminate between mediums," he said. Asked who is the filmmaker he wishes to collaborate with as an actor, Gaurav said, "Well, Sanjay Leela Bhansali would be a dream to work with. I like Dibakar Banerjee's work and would love to work with Vishal Bhardwaj and Rajkumar Hirani. "But all I know that when the right time and opportunity comes, I will get it. Until then, it is all in desire."

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    On the personal front, Gaurav Chopra has constantly been in the news for his love life. He dated television actress Narayani Shastri for many years. Both were contestants on the dance reality show Nach Baliye. The telly couple had an on-off relationship for several years till they split in 2010, but they continued to remain pals.

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    Gaurav Chopra went on to date Naagin actress Mouni Roy after his relationship with Narayani Shastri ended. Though their friends were expecting them to tie the knot, Gaurav and Mouni called it quits in 2012. While there were rumours that Narayani's constant presence in Gaurav's life was the cause behind their split, some even said that verbal spats between the couple took a toll.

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    In 2016, Gaurav Chopra was linked with VJ Bani during his stint on the tenth season of the controversial reality show Bigg Boss.

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    In 2018, Gaurav Chopra took the industry by surprise when he secretly tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Hitisha Cheranda in New Delhi on February 19, 2018. With no buzz around his marriage, he succeeded in keeping his nuptials a hush-hush affair, with only family and close pals in attendance. This is one of the few pictures of Gaurav Chopra and his bride Hitisha Cheranda that had gone viral on social media.

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    Gaurav Chopra still continues to keep his personal life away from the limelight. Unlike most of the celebrity couples, Gaurav and Hitisha do not really indulge in social media PDA, making his fans yearn for more pictures of the couple!

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    Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Gaurav Chopra!

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