Versatile senior actor Uday Tikekar is enjoying his colourful and interesting stint in Star Plus and Balaji Telefilms’ show, Kasautii Zindagii Kay.
As the patriarch of the Basu family, Moloy Basu the character he plays, has various colours to it and this is what he likes the best.
Says Uday to IWMBuzz.com, “Moloy Basu can get serious and can be light-hearted too based on the situations. Basically he is a man who understands the undercurrent of situations. He is seen scolding and yelling at his wife Mohini (Shubhavi) when things go beyond control. Also his light-hearted scenes are a joy to watch.”
Uday who has done noteworthy roles on TV in shows Koi Apna Sa, Krishndasi etc is happy to be back with Balaji Telefilms after a long time. “I am back with Balaji after 10 long years. So it feels happy. The team is very good and work happens at a very smooth pace.”
The veteran actor is happy to share screen space with the experienced and new actors in the show. “I mingle with one and all. I can easily get into serious talking, as well as get into a friendly banter with youngsters. Also, it is great to be with today’s generation actors. They are very friendly and respect the elders on sets. Nobody on the set, from the cast to the crew has ego hassles and this is the best place to be in.”
Uday looks his best in the show, after going through a weight-losing spree. He attributes his present slim physique to his regimented workout and fitness schedule. “I see to it that I spend half an hour daily on my exercises. If you have seen my five years earlier pictures, I looked so obese. But now things have changed. To my friends, I jokingly say, ‘I have started to throw my weight around; hence lost weight’. But on a serious note, I have worked a lot on myself and my fitness. Coming to food, I eat everything. But I have consciously followed the pattern of having food every two hours, in smaller quantities.”
Uday is happy to have got his onscreen tuning perfectly well with co-actor Shubhavi Choksey. “She had seen me in Krishndasi and was in the hangover of my character there. But we hit it off quite well on the very first day. We improvise a lot with our scenes as we know how we both act and react to the scenes and situations. Job becomes easier for an actor when you are given the room to improvise. That’s the best part on the sets of Kasautii Zindagii Kay.”
Lastly, Uday tells us that getting into the role of Moloy Basu has been a cakewalk for him as, “I am Moloy and Moloy is me. This is not a borrowed character that I enact. My role in Krishndasi was so opposite of what I am in real life. But in Kasautii, I can say that I am playing myself on screen.”
Best of luck, Uday!!