Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Shehzad Shaikh Gets Candid About Replacing Rishi Dev

Shehzad Shaikh has replaced Rishi Dev in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and will essay the role of Naksh. In a freewheeling chat, the actor talks about the opportunity and why it feels like a dream come true

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Shehzad Shaikh Gets Candid About Replacing Rishi Dev
The role of Naksh is a big break for you...
I'm looking forward to this because with replacing a character, comes a certain sense of responsibility. I'm thinking more about taking care of the character that has been built to make sure that the fans love the change and embrace it immediately. To me, the big break will be once everybody in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai sees my work and says - 'this is the guy we love'.


Shehzad Shaikh

Have you followed Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai?
I've been following the show on and off for almost three years and I have always wanted to be associated with the show. In fact, every time an opportunity used to come by, I used to keep in touch with the casting team. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai carries a legacy and it is an honour to be associated with a brand like this. It is the best Christmas and New Year gift for me. I feel extremely happy.

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Rishi Dev From Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

How would you define your professional journey so far?
My career journey is the same as most actors. I never took any shortcuts. I started off from the bottom in Saavadhan India in 2012, and everything went on from there. It's a slow process, conviction, persistence, follow those things and be a part of it and then I guess as an acting career, you could probably put a story together and make sure to be innovative. It doesn't matter who you are, right time, right place and luck are the factors and variables that cannot be calculated or there is nothing that you can do about it, it's all about destiny. I was in Saudi Arabia when I was 8 years old and we didn't even have access to films .So I grew up in an environment where Zee TV, Sony and Star Plus were the only channels we could watch in that country. To me, it is a journey and a dream come true.

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