Kiran Karmarkar is elated as his iconic show Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii (KGGK) has made a comeback on television after 14 years. The show, produced by Ektaa Kapoor, also starred Sakshi Tanwar, Ali Asgar, Rinku Karmarkar, Shweta Kawaatra, Lily Patel, Mita Vasisht and others. The Free Press Journal caught up with the actor for an exclusive interview.
Kiran played the role of Om Agarwal, the quintessential son, husband and father in the show.
On the re-run of the show, he gushes, “It feels good and there’s excitement because such an iconic and superhit show is returning. I’ll watch it again whenever I get time and I’m excited to see how people will react to it.”
The 64-year-old actor believes the show is quite relevant in today’s time and the young audience will connect to the story. “Today’s generation have only heard about the show but now after watching it, they’ll definitely enjoy it. In my opinion, good stories can work well anytime. There are many old classics like Deewaar, Anand and some of Guru Dutt’s films which my son has watched. He is just 20 and he has liked those films. So if the story is good, it connects to the audience. Same goes with TV shows, I believe,” Kiran explains.
Elaborating how KGGK is different from the shows that are being made today, he shares, “If you see the first two years of the show, you will realise it was about simplicity, it was not very loud and didn’t have unnecessary screaming and yelling.”
Kiran has been a part of several films and shows, however, he is still remembered as Om. “Yes, that’s always been the case. Even Sylvester Stallone did so many films but he is best remembered as Rambo. Whatever work you do, one character always remains with you and it becomes your identity. It is a good thing and I’m grateful for the love I have received,” he says.
Kiran doesn’t remember his first day, first shot. However, recalling some memorable moments from the shoot, he reveals, “For several years, we shot in a small room. Now I think about it and wonder how we managed to do that. These days huge sets are made but still the shows don’t work. I enjoyed shooting with Sakshi and Ali. All my scenes with them were great. I remember a sequence when we were removed from our house and we had shot for it at another location in Andheri. Then our brother dies. That sequence was also amazing.”
When asked if he’s still in touch with Ektaa or his co-stars, Kiran states, “I’m in touch with Ali. We call each other and talk about work sometimes. Gautam Chaturvedi, who also played the role of my brother, stays in my complex. So we meet sometimes.”
Kiran has stayed away from OTT but will soon be seen in the upcoming digital release, Darlings. “Several web shows had come to me but it didn’t work out. I didn’t like the content of some shows. Also, in some of them, I found the sexual content and abusive words that were used very unnecessary. There have also been instances when I didn’t have time as I was busy with TV shows. So I don’t care about the medium only if I like the content,” he concludes.