Diya Aur Baati Hum starring Anas Rashid and Deepika Singh, has the lead character Sooraj trying to win a Kabbadi match to win the price money to build his dream hotel. Sooraj will be under strict training to stay fit for the match. And this is when the kabbadi coach comes into the picture.
According to TOI, veteran actor Shahbaz Khan was finalised for the role, but was replaced by Rituraj at the last moment. It is said that Shahbaz quit the show due to creative differences. Rituraj was last seen in Beintehaa, where he played the role of Preetika Rao's father.
TOI had quoted a source as saying, "The channel had approached Jimmy Shergill, but he looked too young for the role. Mukesh Rishi and Puneet Issar were in contention for it too, and it seems that Puneet has bagged the role."
Puneet was not sure as he was also approached fo Jhalak Dhikhhla Jaa and had dates issue. Now the fresh reports say that Rituraj has started the shooting from yesterday (May 19).
Rituraj was quoted by a website as saying, "Yes, this is a very different and nice role. The coach, Mahendra Singh will be a powerful man, well established in his game. He will be a no-nonsense guy, strict and stern when it comes to the game. I am glad to get back to Star Plus after a long time; my last show with them was K. Street Pali Hill."