Shakti Arora on replacing Dheeraj Dhoopar in Kundali Bhagya: ‘Audience has right to compare and give gaalis’
After Dheeraj Dhoopar’s exit from Kundali Bhagya, heartbroken fans had requested him to return to the show as Karan. But actor Shakti Arora was roped in to replace him.
Back in June this year, one of television’s most beloved actors Dheeraj Dhoopar bid adieu to his character Karan Luthra when he decided to quit Kundali Bhagya . He was one of the most adored characters and his chemistry with Shraddha Arya was a highlight! While initial reports suggested that he was taking a break to spend time with his pregnant wife, who welcomed a baby boy into the world this week, the actor had revealed that these were just rumors. In fact, he recently announced his new show Sherdil Shergill, with Surbhi Chandna.
Well, Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi actor Shakti Arora has now stepped into Dheeraj’s shoes. Like every other actor who replaces someone in a beloved show, Shakti knows comparisons are bound to happen. Many netizens are still hoping that Dheeraj will return. In a recent chat with ETimes, Shakti shared, “I respect everyone’s fans. They have the right to comment and I am happy that they are loyal to a particular person. The audience has the right to compare and give gaalis, too, and it’s an actor’s job to win their hearts. Also, I have reached a stage where these comments or comparisons don’t make or break me.”
He went on to explain that he believes in doing his work sincerely and will only concentrate on playing the role given to him convincingly. Shakti added, “As long as you do that, you can connect with the audience. I am glad that people have accepted me and the transition has been smooth.”
Meanwhile, Dheeraj is gearing up to shake a leg as a participant on dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, which is returning to television with season 10. Interestingly, Shakti was a contestant on season 9.