Amar Upadhyay, who plays Jaldiram Sharma in ‘Jijaji Chhat Parr Koii Hai’ has been making the right kind of noise. Viewers are liking his performance and the actor is elated. Unlike in the earlier show Jijaji Chhat Per Hain, in the latest version plays the owner of a chole bhature shop. He is happy that people have been complimenting not just his performance but also about how good he is looking.
“My character and its quirks are different this time. It’s quite interesting to say the least. There is one haveli in this story that belongs to Jaldiram that his childhood friend Nane has captured, so there’s enmity between them. There is a lot of mystery and comical things that have been weaved into the plot. I can’t relate myself to that character but yes I have seen this type of people around when I used to theatre in Delhi. That time we used to go to Chandni Chowk for Chole Bhature and I have picked up their traits to build this character,” he says.
Upadhyay feels the title of the show itself is mysterious and therefore draws everyone’s attention. It also hints at ghostly elements. The actor who has grown up listening to such stories from his grandparents had encountered a spooky experience once in his life.
“Once while staying over at a friend’s house, I was sleeping in his balcony because the weather was pleasant. I remember hearing the sound of ghungroo and even my friend, who was sleeping inside heard it. We both got scared,” he shares.
Jijaji Chhat Parr Hai was a hit show, therefore there’s a lot of expectation running on this one. “That’s natural. We have to take it a notch higher every time and we are working on that. If the audience like it again then we exist. The entire team is working hard. Our director Shashank Bali, our producers Sanjay Kohli and Binaiferr Kohli, our writer Manoj Santoshi, creative head Harshada, actors and other technicians are under pressure to give our best,” he adds.
Making people laugh is quite challenging for any actor. “It is a team effort when it comes to a show. The writing, performance, camera work, lighting etc, everything needs to be in place. We have an amazing team and the vibe on the set is healthy and friendly, all thanks to our producers. I’ve been working with Sanjay ji and Binaiferr ji for the last 15 years. I’ve done FIR, Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain!, May I Come In Madam, Excuse Me Madam and now this show. So that says it all. They take good care of their staffs and make everyone comfortable. They are dedicated to their work and in return wants our loyalty towards our work which is only valid,” he praises the producers.
Upadhyay says that shooting in the new normal isn’t easy but then the producers are handling that as well too. “We are shooting with full precautions and maintain distance. In every corner on the set there are sanitisers, everyone wears masks and PPE kits except actors who can’t wear the later and removes masks while shooting,” he ends.