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I turned into an alcoholic after my accident : Karan Veer Mehra


Life couldn't have been more perfect for Karan Veer Mehra. His stint on television was good, and when he decided to take a break from it after 'Pavitra Rishta', to pursue films again, a role tailor-made for him fell into his lap. The actor was signed up last November 2016 by a big banner to play a hockey player in a movie — a character that would have been a cakewalk, considering the fact that he had excelled in the sport in school. However, it was not meant to be. Fate intervened in the guise of an auto rickshaw accident that left him out of action for three months. He recalls, "My life changed in December last year. I was waiting for my friends to take off to Goa on our bikes, when the three-wheeler hit me from behind. I had to undergo a foot surgery. The film required me to play a hockey player, so I had no option but to let go of the film."
The loss of the film affected Karan deeply. "The accident prolonged my wait to return to acting; after the surgery, I went back home (Delhi) for recovery and rehab. Soon, I slipped into depression and took to alcohol. I would drink and stay up the whole night. I put on kilos and lost all hope. However, one day it dawned upon me that I can't stay away from what I love the most — acting. That's when I decided to get back on track. My family and friends saw me through the tough phase."
Finally, things are looking up for Karan. He ended his forced sabbatical with the show 'TV, Biwi Aur Main', in which he plays a producer. "It's an interesting take on the current state of television, where broadcasters call the shots. I also learnt how poor producers often get sandwiched between actors and the channel," he sums up.


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