Karan Jotwani, who is part of the show Qurbaan Hua, is on an expedition to explore his creative side. Being a Punjabi, Karan was delighted after he visited his ancestral place in Punjab after 29 years. We catch up with him.
- Why did you choose Qurbaan Hua?
I took up this project because it was written by Sonali Jaffar and I have always wanted to work with her. I wanted to collaborate with her on a creative level and this show seemed like a perfect opportunity.
- There are many family dramas already on air. How is this one different from the others?
The story is quite different. It is set against a Hindu-Muslim background, which I believe is a concept that needs to be handled with utmost care.
- You have been a model too. What does fashion mean to you?
To me, fashion essentially means comfort. It is of utmost importance to me that I feel easy and comfortable in whatever I wear.
- What new things did you learn during the lockdown?
Well, I have not really picked up a new skill, but I did spend quite some time watching a lot of content. I did sing too and cooked a bit.
- What is the future of OTT in India?
Thankfully, as an after-effect of the lockdown, I feel the future is already here. People are binge-watching a lot of shows and movies online, and are in fact finding new content from the world over to watch. Content is surely the king.
- Now shooting has resumed with new guidelines. What precautions are you taking on the sets?
I am essentially taking care of myself by wearing a mask and sanitizing my hands at regular intervals.
- Do you have a connection with Punjab as well as Chandigarh?
I have been born and brought up in Mumbai, but I have relatives in Jalandhar and Chandigarh.
- Which is the one place you visit in Punjab when you are overworked?
I recently visited Punjab for the first time after almost 29 years. I explored Chandigarh along with Amritsar, since I have relatives residing there as well. I loved the cities and felt a very different vibe, which instantly made me feel at home.
- Who is your favourite Punjabi singer?
Well, I don’t really listen to music by a lot of Punjabi singers, but I must say I really love Guru Randhawa’s tracks.
- How are you keeping yourself fit these days?
I have not been doing much because the gyms are shut, but on my off days I work-out at home and also spend time cycling these days.
— Dharam Pal