As we all remember that in “Kal Ho Na Ho “, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan were the main cast of this multi starrer movie, fans of the Nikkhil Advani directorial would also remember Preity's on-screen siblings Jia and Shiv, played by Jhanak Shukla and Athit Naik.
In recent reports, Jhanak Shukla revealed that she has chosen archaeology as a profession in place of acting. Likewise, Athit Naik has also stayed away from acting and he has chosen to be behind the camera. He took to his Instagram posts and it is apparent that he loves his work to be behind the camera. His resume also reveals that he is a director of photography/cinematography and as a pet lover a father of two dogs. His better half is Dr. Akshada Kadam Naik. He did his graduation from Columbia in 2014.
If we look at his some of Instagram posts, Athit has worked on a few projects, which include few commercials and digital streaming series such as “Kaale Dhande” and “Sex, Drugs & Theatre”.
In another of his posts feature shots of an ad film for KFC. Athit has also shared some pictures of his work as a child artist. He shared a still picture featuring Shah Rukh Khan from “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and a few behind-the-scenes pictures with producer Karan Johar.
Earlier in an interview with renowned media platform, Athit said, "I realized that there is enough talent in the field of acting. The world needs more storytellers and people behind the camera. Therefore, I started spending more time with the DOPs. Till now, three of my short films have been to Cannes. I’m a happy man and I don’t regret quitting acting."
Further, talking about his memorable moments in the movie, he said, "I remember everything from the shoot. When everyone was shooting the sad Kal Ho Naa Ho song sequence, with the bride leaving, Saif had got a bat and was playing baseball catches with me and Jhanak (the girl who played the role of Athit’s stepsister, Jia). Mrs. Bachchan (Jaya Bachchan) used to get brownies for us on the sets and Preity taught us the New York lingo. Shah Rukh was recovering from back surgery and he was in terrible pain. But, he shot for the film, as if nothing had happened."
Image source: instagram/athitnaik