Remember Hrithik Roshan’s younger brother in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai? Well, he is none other than popular television actor Abishek Sharrma. Abishek, who won hearts with his innocent performance in the Rakesh Roshan directorial, has made a mark for himself in television with shows like Sasural Simar Ka and Yaro ka Tashan among several others. Now, as the nation is sailing through the Coronavirus pandemic, he is here to entertain the audience with the web series titled Date Gone Wrong 2.
Date Gone Wrong 2 revolves around virtual dating and premiered on July 7 on Eros Now. As the audience is enjoying the show to the fullest, Abishek got in an exclusive conversation with PeepingMoon.com and spoke about his experience of shooting amid lockdown. The actor also revealed his sweet memories with Hrithik and how he is gearing up to return to sets after four months.
Excerpts from the interview:
Was it challenging to shoot for the series amid lockdown?
Usually, whenever we are shooting on sets, there is room for improvisation and collaboration with co-stars. For this, we had to rehearse a lot and get into the skin of it. Before filming, we rehearsed our parts with the director via video calls.
What made you sign the show?
I loved the concept when I was approached for the show. I was under the impression that it will be shot after the lockdown. But when I got to know it is about a virtual date, I was totally pumped up. It was an experience that I will always cherish.
It's been 20 years since you featured with Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai!
Firstly, it was hard for me to believe that Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai completed 20 years. The memories of the shoot are still fresh and they keep coming back to me. I have learned a lot. As a kid, I grasped a lot of good things. I was lucky to learn how to be dedicated from Hrithik Roshan. He was so precise and perfect. After shoots, we would go around but when he was working, he was disciplined.
Are you still in touch with Hrithik?
No. Unfortunately, we aren’t in touch. He got busy with his work and I went to the States for a few years.
Special memories with him?
One day for lunch, I wanted to have a meal from McDonald's. So suddenly Hrithik Bhai asked me to come for a drive with him. He took me to a McDonald's outlet and we had lunch there.
You’ve been in the industry for quite some time now. How fair do you think is this insider-outsider debate?
People who have gone through this have their own set of experiences. I love my industry and I consider myself blessed to have good people around me who’ve helped me grow. Over the years, I have met the right people who have treated me well. For those who are outsiders who are facing troubles in the industry, I would like to tell them that not every experience is good. Personally, I’ve never taken any of them in a bad light as they all are a part of my family.
As shoots resumed recently, how prepared are you to return to the sets?
I am very much geared up and ready to resume shooting. I am extremely grateful to the Government and officials who are putting in efforts to make everything normal.