After Iqbal Khan who was playing the role of Abhimanyu Adhikari left Chhoona Hai Aasmaan, speculations were rife about a suitable face that would fill in for him on the show. It is Nikhil Arya who has been roped in by Endemol to play Abhimanyu Adhikari. The show is a comeback of sorts for the actor and he is animated about the role.But why Chhoona as comeback vehicle? Nikhil says, â€œIn fact why not? I have always tried to do different roles. In my career span of 5 years I have played a hardcore lover, essayed a negative role, done a couple of horror shows and now I am playing the role of a patriotic air-force officer Abhimanyu Adhikari.â€
â€œEven actors who have spent 12 years in the industry do not get to play such a variety of roles. I want to play challenging roles,â€ adds the actor.
Talking about the challenge that an actor faces when replacing another on a show, Nikhil says, â€œI donâ€™t deny the challenge that one faces while replacing someone. But with due respect to Iqbalâ€™s portrayal of the role, I donâ€™t think it will take me time to be accepted by the audience. My perception of Abhimanyu Adhikari is different from that of Iqbalâ€™s.â€
â€œI can go on the rooftop and scream about not comparing me with Iqbal, but comparisons are bound to happenâ€, he avers.
Why did he take up the show despite knowing that the show is on only until August after which it will go off-air?
He answers, â€œFirst of all the role currently is absolutely an actorâ€™s delight. I am sure if the reported technical reasons would not have surfaced Iqbal wouldnâ€™t have had left the show. Also the money quotient is phenomenal.â€