Q: Not having to constantly live up to the image of a super god, does it not give you a feeling of liberation?
A: It does! Oh yes, it does. I feel relaxed and happy, Being the face of the show was a huge responsibility. But whatever responsibility I was given I fulfilled to the best of my abilities. Today, when people come to me and say I've touched their lives and that their perspective and vision on life has changed, it feels good. In comparison with their happiness, my discomfort seems negligible. The show has changed lives. I am happy about that. But I am also relieved.
Q: What was the atmosphere like on the sets during the closing weeks?
A: Everyone was mentally prepared for the end. I am not the only one who is proud to be associated with the show. Each and every person, even those doing the smallest of jobs, proudly declared they worked for the “Mahadev” series.
Q: You became the brand ambassador for Lord Shiva?
A: Yes I did. I took Mahadev's message across the world. The experience has made me a better human being. I now value life more. I understand the cycle of nature...Everything in life is connected. Every person is equal. All the things that I've learnt while playing Mahadev will really be beneficial to my life. This wasn't just a serial for me. It was a learning experience. I hope the people's love and respect for me remains even when they stop thinking of me as Mahadev.
Q: Unless you suddenly go wild and start dancing on bar counters?
A: I don't see the possibility of that happening. I've never done it. Why would I do it now? I see myself as having a huge responsibility. For me, the art is important.
Q: What next?
A: I don't know. But whatever I do, I'll maintain the dignity of my part as Mahadev. I don't know what lies in store in future. Whatever I do won't be contradicting what I've done so far. But first, I am taking a break. I need to completely reinvent myself.
Q: So another mythology is ruled out?
A: Yes, absolutely. There have been rumours regarding this. But no, I am not looking at any mythology.
Q: Any movies?
A: I am a meeting a lot of filmmakers. They are keen to sign me. I thought they might not be interested. It's every actor's dream to cinema. Again, I have to choose something that befits the dignity of Mahadev's character. So I guess the real struggle begins now.
Q: What about your personal life. Would you finally admit to being in a relationship?
A: So far I've not focused on a personal life. Now I will.
Q: You've been constantly linked with your co-star Mouli Singh.
A: Whatever the truth, it will be out in the open soon. I am a very private person.
Q: What do you think of “Maha Kumbh”, the show that replaces “Devon Ke Dev Mahadev”?
A: I've seen the promos. It looks fantastic. The same people are the brains behind the two shows. I think “Maha Kumbh” is a worthy successor to “Devon Ke Dev Mahadev”.
Q: Hope to see the fun side of you after the show?
A: There is that side. But it is buried too deep inside.