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Jugal Hansraj: A Multi Faceted Actor

by Rajan Patel

Jugal is a man of many different facets. Model at a very young age, he was known as the "Nutramul Dada" for almost a decade after he appeared in TV commercial for a then famous children's nutrition drinking powder, Nutramul. Famous Director Shekhar Kapur soon cast him for "Masoom", starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah. The movie is a classic and Jugal's maturity as an actor then, is something which fans still remember today. Famous Director Aditya Chopra signed him in his "Mohabatein" alongwith the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan. He recently is part of the famous serial on India's Sahara Television, "Karishma", which stars none other than famous actress Karisma Kapoor. Jugal Hansraj plays an integral role in this soap. Rajan Patel meets Jugal in Bombay for this exclusive and honest one on one.

1. The fans in the UK would be keen to know about your role on "Karisma".

Well in the serial "KARISHMA" I'm playing Karisma Kapoor's grandson. It is a very intense character. A guy of few words. A very righteous boy who loves his grandmother dearly and supports her when her own sons are against her.

2. How did "Karisma" happen for you?

I just got a call from the producers one day. When i heard about the serial and my role i felt that the serial was being made on a very big scale and my role was good. After a lot of consideration i agreed to act in the serial.

3. How does it feel to work with someone like Karisma Kapoor?
Karisma is a professional actress and very dedicated to her work. So it feels nice to work with a dedicated actress like her.
4. How does working for TV differ from working on a film?
Well the basics are the same. But the pace on daily serials is very hurried as there are lot of scenes to be done in a day and deadlines to be met. It takes getting used to. For films one gets a lot of time to work on ones scenes which is always better from an actors point of view
5. What other projects are you considering now?
As of now i am only working on this series. Will look at doing films again from next year.
6. You are responsible for the title track for "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai". Tell us more about it.
The director Karan is a very old friend of mine and he was planning this film. He mentioned that he was considering this title. Late that night when i was alone at home i started humming and this tune came to me. Next day when i sang it to Karan he loved it and insisted on using it for his film. I told him to go ahead at his own risk!
7. You are also credited to a lot on the musical contributions on "Mohabbatein". Tell us more?
Even Aditya Chopra is a very old friend of mine and we keep trying to make songs. Much before I knew about "Mohabbatein" he sang the 'mukhda' of "chalte chalte" to me. The next day I came up with the "antara" for it. He loved it and said he would use it whenever he used this song. Little did I know that he would cast me in his next film and I would get to sing it on screen!! It Was a great feeling!
8. You have the potential to be a very talented music director. How does that feel? would you ever consider it?
It definitely feels nice that both these songs were big hits. I also train in singing as a hobby but as for taking it up professionally I'm not too sure as I don't think I'm very well trained in music. Its more of an instinctive thing for me.

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