Asad Ahmed Khan is a man who is pained. He has been wronged. His childhood was shrouded with a father who left his mother pregnant and then one fine day he brought a child and said this is your brother, Aayan. He, at least, found some solace in this. A brother whom he mothered. However love is something he shies away from. Not because he does not want love but because he feels he is a chip off the old block and would leave the very person he loves at some stage in his life. So, prevention according to him is better than cure. But in Urdu there is a phrase, “Muddai lakh burr chahe toh kya hota hai, wahi hota hai jo munzure khuda hota hai,” which means “Can someone steal one’s fate?” And this even Asad Ahmed Khan cannot do for himself. Change his fate.
Karan Singh Grover essays the role of Asad Ahmed Khan, the man with angst and silence his valor. Karan Singh Grover takes his character to the level where Asad’s obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) of cleanliness is second nature. There was a scene where he cringes as Zoya pours two spoons of coffee on the table to rile him up. But anger ultimately gets the better of him and he upturns the mug (thankfully, not on Zoya’s head – but somewhere he must have wanted to). The director, Gul Khan had asked him to first pour the whole cup on the table and then clean it up frantically as his OCD would get the better of him. Now, while the scene was shot, Karan Singh Grover took tissues out of the box, however even as his hands moved to clean the table, he took a second to straighten the vase that was not placed perfectly (according to him) and then continued the task of cleaning the table. This is what makes Karan Singh Grover. Be the character.
On sets, we have seen the energy he puts in his scenes. Especially during action sequence. His adrenalin is at a high and interestingly he does not rest in between shots lest it drops and the scene has a mismatch of energy. We have not seen him feel the fatigue after shooting strenuous action sequences that requires him to jump over railings, do Parkour moves and climb stairs two at a time. These are just some of the things he can do. His flying roundhouse kick (Yes, he is trained in martial arts and it was he who supplied with the exact terminology) is something one needs to watch for real, in slow motion. He particularly loves action sequences.
When asked how he feels about romantic scenes, his reply is that they are toughest as to emote when there are people sitting right under your nose holding a thermocol sheet would actually make one laugh. And to portray that the lady love is the only thing he can see in the whole wide world is something he has had to work at. Also when one is supposed to be deeply look into the eyes of the person you love, you are being told on a speaker by the director to give all sorts of expressions and that is not a cake walk.
We also asked how easy it is from him to switch off after a scene is done and he says, “I take longer to switch off than switch on. Once I am on the set and in the scene, I am the character but after doing an emotional scene, its takes a bit longer to switch off.”
Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg or shall we actually say, a trickle of the hot molten lava that is Karan Singh Grover. There is more that will come. Watch out for more from Forum32 on what makes Karan Singh Grover the man he is, the actor and of course the heart-throb. Till then enjoy him play the angry young man as Asad Ahmed Khan in Qubool Hai, Monday to Friday, at 9:30pm on Zee TV.