Justajoo proved lucky for Karan Lukha

Hes only 11-years-old, but Karan Lukha can recite lengthy dialogues with finesse. This Yogi Nagar resident has earned fame and recognition after his performance in a Gujarati play Have To Leela Le Che with popular Gujarati actors Muni Jha and Surbhi Jhaveri. The play propelled him into the limelight and has made him one of the most-sought after child artistes.

Excerpts from the interview:

How did you start acting?

I was a really shy kid. So my mother put me in an acting class so that I could gain some confidence. She enrolled me in Kamlesh Davdas acting classes. I must admit that the classes helped me shed my inhibitions and showcase my histrionics. Later I started participating in drama competitions and won many awards. Looking at my enthusiasm, Kamlesh sir suggested my name to TV serial directors.

How did you get your first break?

One day Kamlesh sir asked me to recite a lengthy dialogue in front of many people. They liked my dialogue delivery and selected me for a Gujarati serial Jeevan Rang on Alpha Gujarati. Although I had only a small role in the serial, my work was noticed and I started to get many offers.

So how did you bag a role in Justajoo on Zee TV?

My mother got to know that Ajai Sinha is auditioning children for Justajoo. So I went for the audition and got the role. Although it was only for one episode it made me very popular among my friends and people started recognising me as a Justajoo kid.

You have also acted in Khichdi on Star Plus. How was it working in a comedy serial?

After Justajoo, I started getting many offers but I didnt like any. Since I have to balance my studies and theatre, I dont take on a lot of work. But when Jamnadas Majithia, producer of Khichdi, called me for a role I couldnt refuse it. Its fun to act in a comedy serial.

What was your experience while working with popular Gujarati actor Muni Jha?

Im lucky to work with actors like Muni Jha and Surbhi at the beginning of my career. Earlier I was in awe of Muni Jha. He guided me and explained how to work on certain scenes. While doing an emotional scene I started giggling, but instead of losing his temper Muni Jha taught me how to control my emotions on stage.

What are your future projects?

Right now I am doing Gujarati theatre and since I have to travel a lot for my shows I havent taken any offers because I cannot give bulk dates to any producers.