EXCLUSIVE: I started with Rs 1500 a day as fees: Ronit Roy recalls struggling days
Actor Ronit Roy has been in the showbiz for three decades now. Though he started his career in films, it was the telly world that made him a star. He became a household name with TV show Kasautii Zindagii Kay where he played the iconic role of Mr. Bajaj. He achieved superstardom with it. In an exclusive interview with Bollywood Bubble, Ronit reflected on his journey in the business and how it changed post KZK. He also spoke about his struggles in the initial days, not getting acceptance from the industry, his films not working in his initial years and the stardom he achieved from KZK and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.
Rohit said, “I started with Rs. 1500 a day as fees and it took me a while to see my first cheque of Rs. 1 lakh. Monthy jo cheque aaya tha woh pohoch pohoch ke Rs. 83 (thousand), phir Rs. 89 (thousand) ho jata tha. By the time, it reached to Rs. 1 lakh, it took a long time. But eventually it did. It’s not just a cheque…it was also my entire life. What I am today largely is can be credited to Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Ekta Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms.”
The Liger actor added that his role in KZK was three months initially and after the first week he was called back to the office. “I was scared ki ‘teen mahine ki naukri mili hai, gayi kya?” Because at that time, it was very scary. The opposite happened. They said that they need to renew my contract. From three months , it became one year. It came as a surprise but of course as a very pleasant surprise ki ‘teen mahine ki naukri ek saal ho gayi’. It’s great that one year naukri became a nine year naukri. I won’t call it naukri but one of the greatest experiences of my life, also because I was doing another show called Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi which I also did for nine years,” he added.
On his films not working in the initial years, Roy said, “If you debut with 100 crore film and then getting no work at all, I don’t have answer to that. And then getting work, and none of those films doing well, why? I have no answer to that. The only guess that I have is that may be these times in your life comes to teach you something, to leave you with experience which helps you grow. I am actually not competing. I am so inspired by all these people who I have worked with in the past three four years.”
Watch the full conversation of Ronit Roy here.