Amar Upadhyay still remembered as Mihir from Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ now plays the lead in ‘Molkki’ on Colors and is also part of the Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani and Tabu starrer ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’. He talks to midday.com about work and life off the sets.
How have you been juggling between your show and movie shoot?
It wasn’t easy at all, as in a daily soap, things aren’t planned in advance. What we shoot today gets telecast tomorrow. The script and dialogues come in the last minute. So juggling between the show and movie was very stressful. Even though both sets were in Andheri, travelling from the show set in the east to the movie set in the west felt like it took forever. I can’t blame anyone because technical issues happen and the show shoot gets delayed at times, but I had to rush to the movie set because they would be waiting to film my shot. Luckily I had signed Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 before Molkki, so getting time off for that shoot was already in my show contract.
Tell us about your part in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2?
The film is completely different from Bhool Bhulaiyaa. The only thing that is retained is the song ‘Mere Dholna.’ This film is directed by Anees Bazmee and the previous one was by Priyadarshan. The film has Kartik Aryan and Kiara Advani. I’m paired with Tabu. Initially I thought she’s a star and will keep to herself, but she’s a lot of fun to work with and enjoys laughing and joking in between shots. Even Kartik is very humble, though he has some 100 crore hits to his credit. Anees as we know is fantastic with comedy films. The film shoot got a bit delayed because of the lockdown and then Kartik and I both caught Covid but now everything’s back on track. I feel the film is well made and should do well.
Do fans still call you Mihir?
Interestingly my younger fans, who watch my show Molkki, who were just born or very young when Kyunki… aired, are discovering Mihir now. The kids who watched Kyunki… are now in their 40s and of course a lot of people still discuss the show with me. It’s amazing to receive so much love over the years.