Actor Sikandar Kharbanda, who plays the role of Manoj Poddar in Rajan Shahi’s Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, says that he is proud to be part of the show. He adds that the show has been running for almost 15 years now as the audience feels connected to it.
“YRKKH is India’s longest running television show. So if one gets offered to play a character in this show, it’s definitely a milestone moment. Also, after almost 15 years, I will be seen on Star Plus again,” he says, adding, “It is indeed a rare feat that a show is consistent with their connection and content. To be part of such a popularly successful franchise, is very gratifying for any actor. I’m fortunate that I got this opportunity.”
Talking about his role, he says, “My character excites me because I’m getting to play a role that’s unlike I’ve ever done, a docile, gentleman who puts others' needs before his own. An out and out positive character.”
He adds, “The one thing that I share with the character I’m playing is the love and respect I hold towards my family and that in reel and real life, I absolutely adore my wife.”
He says he is sure the audience will love this part of the show as well. “I am pretty confident that the audience will love this new family as much as the earlier ones. The reason being that I’m confident in the maker’s vision, which is time tested. They’ve done it before and they will do it again. 15 years is a long time to prove that. Rajan Sir is one of the most creative people I have ever known. He is an extremely hands-on producer and oversees each aspect of the show with an eye for detail. He does not compromise with the quality of the show. Be it the storyline, the cast or the backdrops. And to be on board with such a team, guarantees a satisfying outcome,” he says.
Talking about love triangles in the show, he says, “Human emotions are not a simple concept. Complex emotions and complex situations make for a good drama. And good dramas make for good entertainment. Love triangles are a delicate subject and to walk the thin line without completely falling on one side, needs equally delicate story telling.”