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Ronit Roy recalls working 24 hour shifts during his television days

Sunday, October 9, 2022 • Hindi Comments
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Ronit Roy recalls working 24 hour shifts during his television days

Ronit Roy is one of those rare actors who have made a successful transition from the TV industry to the film industry. Although now he has given several memorable performances in movies, Ronit does remember the time when he used to work for basically 24 hours a day in order to divide his time between two TV shows that he was working on.

Talking about his stint in 'Kasauti Zindgi Ki', Ronit told IANS, "I received a lot of love from everybody except Anurag and Prerna. I would often listen, ‘where did you come from, why is he here.’ Obviously no one likes their thunder stolen…The brief given to me was that it’s a three-month role, you have to make your hair salt and pepper. Ekta (Kapoor) said you have to do it because no other actor is ready to put white in their hair at this age. She wanted a younger actor to play an older man in order to get that youthful appearance like Richard Gere.”

Ronit then talked about 'Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' and the unreal work schedule that came with it. He said, "They said you have to work for 12 hours, in which we will manage both shows. From 7 am to 7 pm, we used to shoot for Kyunki, and then from pm to am, I used to shoot for Kasautii. After a week of shooting, I said ‘Hello, I haven’t gone home for a week. 24 hours I am working, not 12,’ and they said, ‘yes, 12 and 12 (for two shows).’ But I never complained. I had gotten work after 5-6 years. I was hungry for work, hungry for food, hungry for success. Kasautii director Qaeed Kuwajerwala was very helpful; he had mathematics. He used to shoot a scene with me and then say ‘go sleep for 1 hour’ while I do other people’s work. I used to sleep 3-4 hours in 24 hours. I would have lunch in 5 minutes, then sleep for 45 minutes.”

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