Kasautii Zindagii Kay’s Anurag Basu aka Cezzane Khan
would make many a hearts flutter while the show was on-air. However, soon after
the drama’s closure, the actor went missing. 9 years later, SpotboyE.com has
got him talking.
Excerpts from the conversation:
Where is Cezzane Khan?
I am right here enjoying life and waiting for some good work to come my way. If I get something worthwhile, fans will soon see me on-screen. An actor spends roughly 12 hours on-set, hence, I want to enjoy what I do. Acting is my passion and I wouldn’t do it just for the money.
It’s been 9 years already. Didn’t you receive offers which were worth taking up?
I know it’s been very long now. I won’t deny that I got roles I would have loved to do, but due to other commitments I couldn’t. I was travelling a lot these years too so I missed out on projects. However, let’s not get into that. Now, if something worthy comes up I will definitely take it up. A lot of people ask me when I am coming back. I will never leave acting.
You did a few Pakistani shows and people have a perception that you have shifted there now...
Yes, I did, but it was long time back. Why do people keeping asking aap kahaan ho? Through you guys I just want to tell them I am here, in India. I don’t know why people are confused. I will return to television soon. Don’t worry.
People might have perceived so because you are never seen at events or parties...
You are right. People are searching for me because I am not visible, but, by default, I am not a social person. I don’t like going to parties.
Are you in touch with your Kasautii Zindagii Kay family?
Yes, I am in touch with a couple of them on social media but don’t want to reveal the names.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 is on its way. Excited?
Of course! I saw the promo and it’s fantastic – took me down memory lane. In fact, seeing it I felt it’s cut, copy and paste (laughs).
Do you miss Kasautii Zindagii Kay?
Yeah, I do. The show went on for long. It’s a part of us.
Do you watch television now?
No. People always ask me this question but trust me I don’t watch Indian television. You won’t believe, I shot for 1500 episodes of Kasautii... and watched around 20, that too when dubbing was to be completed.
What do you watch then?
I am a big fan of English movies and TV shows.
A Still From Kasautii Zindagii Kay
Who do you think should step into Anurag Basu’s shoes?
How can I answer that? I don’t even know what is going on TV and who is doing what. I wouldn’t be a good judge because agar aap kisi ka naam bhi loge, I wouldn’t know.
Parth Samthaan has been chosen for the character...
I am sorry but I haven’t heard his name. How can I comment on him? I am sure he is capable if he has been selected.
Did Ekta Kapoor call you for any other show after Kasautii?
Ek do cheezon ki baat hui thi but things didn’t materialise. I can’t share details.
Did Ekta call you to share that she is bringing Kasautii back?
Nope, she didn’t.
Last year it was said that you were approached for Bigg Boss. Is it true?
They have approached me 3-4 times before, but not last year.
Why didn’t you say yes then?
I don’t like reality shows. I am a private person and Bigg Boss is a challenge (laughs).
Have you ever watched Bigg Boss?
No, but my mom watches it so if I am sitting with her to yahan wahan se jhalak dikh jaati hai.
How do you entertain yourself?
I watch English movies, shows and a lot of Hindi films too. Alia Bhatt’s Raazi was the last film I saw in a theatre -- amazing work by her and an equally well-made film. You will be surprised if you ask me about any show or any film in Hollywood. I must have watched all. I work out. Listen to music and I love eating food. That’s my favourite past time I guess (laughs).
Why don’t you join social media? It may help you to be in touch with your fans...
I am there but people don’t know about it. I am lazy to be active on the platform. I started my Instagram account 6 months back and last posted 3 months ago (laughs). But I will definitely be more active now. I miss my fans.