Apurva Agnihotri has recently joined the cast of Anupamaa. He plays the role of Dr. Advait Khanna who will bring some major twists in Anupamaa and the Shah family’s life. In a statement Apurva Agnihotri said that it’s his love for Rajan Shahi, the producer of the show that made him take up this opportunity. “When he narrated the whole character graph, I found it quite exciting. Dr Advait Khanna has many aspects, layers to him. Hopefully we shall be exploring all those layers in the episodes ahead,” he says. He also reveals that he is much like his on-screen character, Advait in real life. He shares that he also dreams of having a farm house somewhere away in the mountains or may be in Goa, where he would do organic farming, chill out with friends and family, help people, ride motorcycles, and so on.
This will be the third time he is working with producer Rajan Shahi after Bidaai and Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. He said, “Rajan is one of the finest human beings and producer I have worked with. There is much love, respect and mutual admiration. It’s actually hard to believe that some producers on Indian television can be so nice, trust me I’ve worked with a whole lot of them. I just wish him the best from my heart, he truly deserves it. Sudhanshu Pandey and I stay in the same building and share a good chemistry, and I met Rupali [Ganguly] for the first time on the show. I have to say that not only both of them, Paras and all the other kids, in short the entire unit is sweet and caring. I have worked with some of the crew members in Bidaai, so this is like a reunion.” Agnihotri feels Anupamaa is a landmark show on Indian television as many women are identifying with the story which is huge and is a very difficult thing to achieve. “It normally happens with movies that the entire country is going gaga over one single film, the actors are being followed etc. Something similar is happening with Anupamaa,” he said.
He also speaks about the changes in the TV industry over the years. He said, “There are a lot more opportunities these days for everyone, from actors, directors to writers. If you have the talent, then there’s a lot of scope for everyone. Honestly, big guns like Rajan, Ekta [Kapoor] have been doing so much interesting work over the years, they are only getting better every time. The industry in totality is changing for good, more so, with the advent of OTT, things have only got better, broader. But, I feel the reason many are opting for OTT over TV is because content in the former is more relatable. I hope TV show makers would take a cue.”