Actor Hiten Tejwani played some of the most popular characters on Indian television in the early 2000s. He was an integral part of the Ekta Kapoor camp and starred in Balaji Telefilms shows such as Kutumb, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat, Kaahin Kissii Roz, Kkusum, Kahiin To Hoga, and Kkoi Dil Mein Hai.
He later appeared in several films and more recently in a few web shows such as Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat, The Investigation, and the upcoming Tandav.
How did it all start for Hiten Tejwani? Here’s what the actor shared:
1. What was your first project? How did it come to you
My first big project was the TV show Ghar Ek Mandir. If you try your luck in this branch, you will make many contacts. I’ve already auditioned for ads. That’s how I found out there was an audition going on for this show. During the audition, the show’s director asked his assistant to give us the script and let him know who is good and who is not. I got up quickly and almost broke the queue and carried the microphone. Everyone liked my audition, even the director. They told me that they will get back to me, which they did. That’s how I was chosen.
I was doing theater and I thought I was going to make films. Television wasn’t really my priority. When I started, television evolved. Nobody knew that it would become such a powerful medium at some point. And when I saw shows I thought that so many actors are not doing justice to their roles. I always wondered why. So I thought of giving it a try and see for myself what the reason was and if there were any limitations here. Ghar Ek Mandir was so popular at the time that you could hear his tune every afternoon in every household. And all I wanted to do then was work.
2. What do you remember from your first day on set?
I was told that my character will first be introduced as a friend of the protagonist played by Ram Kapoor. He’ll be his cousin later. In the script, I was there in a good 15-20 episodes.
Ghar Ek Mandir was a multi-camera setup. It was my first time in front of the camera with an attitude like this where you need to achieve your brand. If you don’t, you will miss camera focus and have to do it again. So they set up a shot like this to run in a master, a shot or two, or OS. I’ve got off to a good start. Gogi Anand was a strict director but very helpful. In one of the scenes I had to go to a restaurant and break a couple of glasses. He just told me to stay natural and break anything I feel like doing because my character was angry.
3. Were you nervous? How many reps did you do?
I was nervous, but it was also a great feeling. My first scene was with Ram Kapoor. At this point he had already done 100-150 episodes and was completely in shape. I faced him as a newbie. After I gave my first shot, I asked him if I needed to improve or change anything. He told me as a newbie that I was brilliant. I was so happy. The director was happy too. All of that really helped me gain confidence.
4. How was your relationship with your co-stars when you had to meet or work with them again?
The relationship is still nice. We’re still friends. After Ghar Ek Mandir went off the air, I met Ram again while shooting for Kutumb. He was shooting for Monsoon Wedding. He said, “I’m so proud of you. I knew then that you would do something. You are already a star. “I replied,” No star yet, but yes, God was kind. “
5. When you have the opportunity to return to your debut role, what would you like to change or do better?
My start was good. The director made sure that I open up from the start. So there is nothing I want to change. In the theater you play loud. You have to tone it down a bit on television. My acting was already on a subtle level. That helped me get into the natural zone of my character. Unfortunately, Ram was replaced or abandoned, and therefore all of history was changed. I was busy doing other shows too and moved out. But this show gave me a lot of confidence.
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6. A movie or role that inspired you to become an actor?
Whichever movie was good became my favorite. As then, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a hit and Aamir Khan was loved. I copied his style like his middle part hairstyle. People always said I look like a hero and that’s why I should become one.