Candid chat with Maninder Singh

Maninder Singh is quite happy with the run of his Star Bharat show, Kya Haal, Mr. Paanchal? “Our social message couched in comedy has been well-received by the audiences. We have also planned a proper ending, not abrupt as it happens with most shows. Optimystix Entertainment informed us about the end well in advance; and those who watch the show also must have seen the story heading towards a happy ending.”

Maninder goes on, “For a male actor, getting a TV show which centres around him is a big thing, as TV is generally female-driven. The success of our show proves that TV audiences like to watch men as well. The emphasis was the family, where I was the man of house caught between his mother and five wives – not a cool place to be. Men should learn from Kanhaiya (character name) how to keep cool under adverse circumstances and come out a winner.”

“After doing drama and serious stuff, both in TV (2612, Sanyukt, etc.) and cinema (Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey), the light-hearted genre was just what the doctor ordered for me; but as they say, comedy is serious business. I really worked on my timing and punches. The biggest high any actor gets is audience appreciation. I have personally seen the connect my Meerut-rooted character has got with viewers up north. Even now, I am in Agra for a new year event.”

Maninder has really enjoyed the shoot, “As there was no over-the-top drama and all stories were episodic, the normal monotony of a daily drama did not kick in and the freshness of the well-written script remained in action throughout.”

Looking ahead, Maninder would now want to try other genres such as black comedy, a gangster flick and urban themes, which are doing well on web today. I will take up the best of what is offered to me.”

In closing, we asked Maninder, since he had five TV wives, which of his female co-stars did he jell well with, off-screen? “Being a ladies man, I hit it off with all the fairer sex cast, including Kanchan Gupta, who plays my mother. Having five sisters in my joint family, I know how to connect with girls and women,” he smiled.


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