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Avinesh Rekhi Choti Sarrdaarni actor Avinesh Rekhiplays the main lead in Choti Sarrdaarni.

Colors latest launch Choti Sarrdaarni has been garnering positive reviews from all quarters. Set in the heartland of Punjab, the daily stars Avinesh Rekhi and newcomer Nimrit Kaur in the lead roles. The mature love story will also focus on the trail and turbulence of a woman and how she overcomes it with her grit.

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At its launch, Avinesh, sat down for an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com to talk about his latest show, donning the turban on-screen and televisions influence on the audience.

Here are excerpts from the conversation:

We dont usually have lead actors with a turban. How did you react to it?

I was so happy to wear it. I am a Sardar in real life and donning the turban is a matter of immense pride for me. And yes, this is the first time that a lead actor on Indian television will be seen in a turban. For some time now, I was dwelling with the idea of doing a Punjabi film so I could wear the turban. But I was lucky that this show came my way. My family, especially the elders are so excited and have been showering me with their blessings.

What kind of efforts went behind the look?

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Its not really easy to wear a turban for such a long time. I used to get headaches and my hair pulled. I took two months to get used to it. I would go to cafes and malls to get myself comfortable but now its effortless. Also, I grew my beard to make the character look authentic. My character Sarabjit Gill comes from a royal family and I wanted him to look grand and not uncomfortable in the avatar.

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Tell us more about your character.

He is a politician, the agriculture minister of Punjab to be precise. He wants to work towards the development of his people and create more opportunities and employment. He is also a single father. He meets this woman Meher (Nimrit), and the story then follows their beautiful love story.

Choti Sarrdaarni tv show
Choti Sarrdaarni tv show Choti Sarrdaarni air on Colors.

Many actors still shy away from playing a parent on-screen. Werent you scared of getting stereotyped?

I played a father even in Madhubala. I started my career with a negative role, if I had got stereotyped, I wouldnt have ever gotten a chance to do such different roles. Also, I think it depends on actors how they manage to get out of their characters. I know, if needed, I can lose weight and change my look to play a typical hero for my next show.

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As an actor, what do you look out for in a project?

There is no specific requirement that I want to do this or that. As an actor, I want to explore myself and prove my versatility. I want to do different shades. Though yes, I am looking at attempting comedy sometime soon.

Whenever theres a project on the backdrop of religion, one has to tread carefully. Is the team worried about that?

Not worried but we are being conscious to not harm any intention or emotions. Fortunately, a lot of people in our unit are Punjabis, so we make sure that we are on the rightRead More – Source

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