He became a household name as the host of the first game show on Indian television - 'Saanp Seedi'. And from then on, things just fell into place for Mohan Kapur.
Mohan, who was in Ahmedabad recently for a promotional stint, spoke to AT over lunch about his new stint on small screen - 'Dosti... Yariyaan... Manmarzian', why he loves writing and more.
The actor says, "I have been wanting to come here for a long time now, and it has a lot to do with the Modi wave.
When I was into advertising I used to frequent this city a lot and I have some very fond memories. And now I see that the city has changed a lot for good. It's beautiful!" He adds, "Gujaratis are very successful in their endeavours and they live large - they earn and spend. They are also giving and hospitable.
Gujaratis are warm and vibrant people. And some of the food is so good. I wish we were staying here a night - I wanted to have a Gujarati thali!"
While people still remember him as the host of 'Saanp Seedi', Mohan says, "It is humbling that even after so many years, people remember you and love you for what you did back then, especially when I did not start off to become an actor.
Everything happened to me by chance. But we had only one channel at that time, so I don't want to take complete credit for it. Wo popularity aaj hoti toh main manta, when there is so much competition. But it certainly feels great. Showmakers might use that image as a deciding factor for me as it was very contradictory.
But then when they see me they feel ki yeh dikhta khadoos hai par hai sweet!"
Ask him about what was the most creatively satisfying stint for him and he replies quickly, "My stint as a writer-director was very short, but I really enjoyed it. In that role, you work for yourself and fulfill your own dreams.
As an actor, you fulfill someone else's dreams." Ask him why he did not pursue it further and he says, "I can't take the politics that goes with it. You can probably fool me as an actor or cut out my scenes, but I cannot be made a fool like this. I am not a political guy!"
As he finishes his lunch, he says, "I am a damn lazy guy, I love spending my free time with my three dogs in front of the TV, or maybe go out for a movie and meet some friends."