As the season 4 ends, Naagin 5 now has fresh and talented faces. The fifth season stars Mohit Malhotra, Hina Khan and Dheeraj Dhoopar in the lead roles. The excitement among the audience is a lot to see the new season.
Koimoi spoke to Mohit Malhotra about season 5. From working with Hina Khan to criticism to supernatural shows like Naagin, the actor has talked about everything. Read the full interview below.
Were you excited or nervous to be a part of such a successful and popular franchise?
Honestly, I was really excited when I heard that I am doing Naagin 5, I was elated. Naagin is one of the successful franchises of our country. It’s India’s favourite show and it was a great opportunity. I was super ecstatic to be a part of this franchise.
Because of the star cast, the expectations from Naagin 5 are quite high, especially because the previous season didn’t work well as expected. Does it add any pressure to you?
Absolutely not. Yes, of course, the cast this time is more powerful than last season. But last season didn’t work because of the lockdown which was a problem globally, not just here. I would not say that didn’t work out. Having said that, as the new normal started coming in and the lockdown has sort of opened up, I feel people are looking up for more entertainment. Naagin 5 has come at the right time and with this power-packed cast, we will do more wonders to this. It will be one of the highest-rated seasons.
The show either has a loyal fan base and some people criticize it. Several times, Ekta herself has shared her views on the same. What do you have to say about the criticism towards such Hindi supernatural dramas?
I don’t feel there’s a lot of criticism around Naagin. If the show wasn’t watched by people of the country, season 5 would not have been made. This is the only show that will go down in history for making so many seasons. It is a cult show. I feel people enjoy it. They love this genre. It’s super interesting to watch these special dramas and special effects that take place in the show. It takes the viewers to the sci-fi zone.
You are working with Hina Khan again after Hacked. In the movie, you guys have breezy chemistry despite it being a dark thriller. How is the chemistry in Naagin 5?
I’ve received great appreciation for the chemistry we showed in it and I’m really glad about that. We are really good friends offscreen. The camaraderie we have offscreen translates onscreen. So the bonding that we share creates magic on screen. We created that in Hacked and we will do the same in the show. People would love it.
From the past few days, there have been discussions on how TV actors don’t get meaty roles in Bollywood. What has been your experience? Your thoughts?
I don’t think so. I think it really depends on what you want to do and as long as your craft is apt and you’ve been working on that you are in good place. When the right roles come for you, you will get the meaty role also. Many TV actors have been doing very well in films now. I feel, it’s just a matter of time and your craft should be honed and it’s the matter of right time and the right role for you.
What precautions are been taken on the sets to ensure everyone’s safety while shooting amid the pandemic?
I am very glad that the channel and production house have taken the utmost safety precautions. The temperatures and pulses are checked before anyone enters the sets. People around us are wearing the PPE kits. Personally, I also try to be safer. I keep drinking hot water and kadha. I think Kadha has become one of my favourite drinks lately.
What do you want your fans and the loyal Naagin series fans to expect from the current season?
It’s going to be more exciting this season. You will be experiencing a new world of Naagin. You will be ecstatic to see the new version that has been created now. There will be more entertainment, more drama and more twists and turns. Watch out for this more powerful and entertaining Naagin 5 season!