‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ star Karan Patel has been confirmed to play the new Mr Bajaj in ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’.
The popular star replaces Karan Singh Grover, who opted out from the character. Patel beat other seasoned actors Gaurav Chopra and Sharad Kelkar to the role. Patel will now be seen in the series, along with Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes.
Talking about stepping into the Balaji Telefilms series, Patel told Bombay Times, “Mr Bajaj is an iconic character and it has lived on in people’s minds for years. So, it’s a matter of honour to take it ahead from where Ronit Roy and Karan Singh Grover left and add my nuances to it. I intend to make this character as iconic and loved as Mr Bhalla (his character in ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’) had become over a period of six years.”
Asked about comparisons with Grover, he said, “I don’t fear comparisons, as that’s bound to happen. I have my own approach and understanding when I take up a character. Fear creeps in when you expect failures. In my case, I have always followed my instinct and my focus is on how well I can perform my part. As an artiste, I don’t really prep for a role. I am spontaneous and that’s my forte. I will do the same with my new character.”