Lakhs of girls swooned over Karan Sharma’s Sikh Avatar in Pyaar Tu Ne Kya Kiya and Yeh Hai Aashiqui, where he broke the stereotype of Sikh characters we normally see on screen, big or small. “I have never seen a Sikh guy going Balle-Balle every 5 minutes. Somehow Bollywood created the stereotype in the 70s and then it stuck on. When I was offered a Sikh guy’s character for the 1st time in Pyaar Tu Ne Kya Kiya, I was very clear I won’t do a loud caricature. Sardars too are romantic, fall in love, even vulnerable” asserts Karan.
How come he landed up in a psychological horror film after the two shows? “Well, I realized that I was getting typecast as Sikh when I was offered Sardar’s role in a daily show. I had to refuse it realizing that I won’t be polishing my craft or adding new interpretations but just fitting into a set image. When I was offered ‘Office #thebrightesthorrorfilm, my first reaction was – No I don’t want to debut with a horror film. But when I read the script I realized it was more about the idea of ghosts than screaming and banging ghosts at your doorsteps. Also the unique idea that they did not want to use darkness but shoot a horror film in full lights intrigued me. The fact that team was the same with which I started my career as an assistant director, gave me further confidence that this won’t be a run of the mill horror film.
After finishing his Diploma in film making and acting from Asian Academy Of Films and Television, Karan assisted on films, serials and ad films. But a chance meeting with a producer at a party had him playing the love-lorn Sardar, head over heels with a Pakistani girl in Pyaar Tu Ne Kya Kiya and that sealed his fate – he was bound to be an actor. Does that mean no direction anymore for him?
“Direction may not have been my first love, as, in childhood, I grew up thinking actors did everything in films on their own. But when I slowly realized it’s the director who pulls all strings, my ambition changed. Now that I have assisted on films and acted on screen, I would actually like to act in and direct my own film. It can never be a no to direction jobs ever for me, even as assistant as I still get to learn so much. Direction is all about dirtying your jeans in dust and sweat but I still love it. I would love to assist Karan Johar sir or Sanjay Leela Bhansali sir or may be S S Rajamouli sir if possible.
Well it seems the glamour of acting hasn’t turned the head of this rising star.
Produced by Full Frame Entertainment and Vishal Digital Office #thebrightesthorrorfilm Releases 15the December 2017