It could be said that one bright side of the Coronavirus lockdown and the halting of production of TV shows is that we are getting to see some of our favourite TV shows from the 1990s, a chance we may otherwise never have got. The rerun of classic, old TV shows such as Ramayan, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Mahabharata, Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, among others, is sure stirring up our memories.
In a recent interview, Deven Bhojani, an actor who featured in '90s sitcoms like Dekh Bhai Dekh, and later in Baa Bahoo Aur Baby and Bhakarwadi, opened up on his acting journey. Speaking about his film debut with Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, he shared an interesting anecdote about working with superstar Aamir Khan, who is his college classmate.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Deven Bhojani shared how Aamir Khan accidentally helped him become a smoker and tried in vain to get him to quit afterwards.
"Aamir was in my college (Narsee Monjee) and knew about my talent and, in fact, he had recommended my name to Mansoor Khan for the film, who saw my episode of Malgudi Days (my first TV show as an actor) and cast me. Aamir and I became very close during two long outdoor shoots. I was supposed to smoke in a scene but I didn't know how to, so Aamir taught me and asked me to practice before we shot the scene two days later," he said.
"During those two days, he really helped so that I wouldn't look like an amateur smoker in the scene and I, too, being a dedicated actor worked hard and practised so much that eventually I became a smoker in personal life. Then poor Aamir tried really hard to help me get rid of the bad habit but in vain," added Deven.