By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) This could blow up into a major problem. After "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi", Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms has made up her mind to take another generation leap in "Kaisa Yeh Pyar Hai", but lead actor Iqbal Khan refuses to do so.
Iqbal has already informed Ekta that the generation leap isn't what he wants.
"I don't know what the solution is. Maybe I can play Angad's son. Or otherwise they can bump me off. But I am certain I won't go through the aging process on the soap. Let's see what Ekta does with my character," Iqbal told IANS.
"Please don't forget, I belong to the biggest family in Mumbai. Ekta can move me anywhere she wants. I am happy to be just part of Balaji. I have given them 19 hours a day of my time. They can do what they like with me," he added.
Shooting back-to-back for the two Balaji serials "Kaisa Yeh Pyar Hai" and "Kavyanjali", Iqbal is crystal clear about his priorities.
"My loyalty to Ekta Kapoor and Balaji is unquestionable. Even if Steven Spielberg was to ask me to do a film, I'll tell him to ask Ekta about my dates. I am currently working in two serials for Ekta."
"My character Angad on 'Kaisa Yeh Pyar Hai' will always remain very close to my heart. I am Angad. But I can't bring myself to age on screen. It just doesn't seem right. My career as an actor has only started. I can't allow myself to leap forward by 20-25 years. It just won't work. I want to be the lead. But I don't want to take the leap."
Moving on to his new soap "Kavyanjali" which Iqbal has recently joined, the actor said: "My character Shaurya in 'Kavyanjali' is so different from Angad. I am the funny man in 'Kavyanjali' trying to make everyone smile.
"On the sets I didn't know anyone except Anita. But now I am comfortable with everyone including Amrita Singh who is really awesome. But I am not much of a fun seeker. I give my shot. If someone cracks a joke, I laugh. But I won't crack a joke myself."
Iqbal is now looking forward to marriage next year.
"My parents have consulted all the elders in our family in Srinagar. To me my parents' approval means everything. I don't care about anything else. My girlfriend and I will now tie the knot next year as soon as Ekta gives me some time off."