It would have been stupid to decline TV show offer: Ruslaan
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Ruslaan Mumtaz is excited about his debut on television and considers the small screen as a powerful medium to reach out to people.
Ruslaan, son of actress Anjana Mumtaz, features in `Kehta Hai Dil Jee Le Zaara`, a romantic drama which will be aired from August 15.
The 31-year-old, who made his Bollywood debut with `Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar` in 2007, is paired opposite Sangeeta Ghosh, a well-known TV actress.
"The team involved in the show is fantastic - Sangeeta Ghosh, Siddharth Sengupta, Niranjan Iyengar and others. For me to refuse such an offer would have been stupid because if these people ever make a film I might not feature in that film and the only way to work with them is on TV," he said.
Ruslaan said he was nervous working with Sangeeta.
"I always worked with new actors; I never worked with established actors. I needed to be a little bit prepared while doing scenes with her," he said.
The show chronicles the life of 34-year-old Saanchi (played by Sangeeta), a strong, selfless, free-spirited woman living on her own terms and spreading happiness in and around her dear ones.
Ruslaan, who has also worked in films like `Dangerous Ishhq` and `I Don`t Luv U`, is amazed with the reach of small screen.
"I have that realised TV is a powerful medium. In recent times I have been interacting a lot with TV actors and I see their fame and success. And somewhere I felt that since I am an actor and I can be in that position, why I am holding myself back? Just because I want to do films? And I changed my mindset," said Ruslaan.
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