Jay Soni’s character Abhinav in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has been accepted and loved by the audience. This Rajan Shahi show has been doing well for fourteen years and has seen major changes after two important leaps.
Happy with the response, the actor says, “I’m enjoying portraying the warm and positive character of Abhinav. He is a giver. Very rarely you get to see people like him. The way he deals with every situation in a very positive way is inspiring. I feel he is a very good person. For him, everything is very simple in life and he finds happiness in the smallest of things. Abhinav has a small world with Abhir and Akshara. The response so far has been very good, touchwood. But, I don’t think too much about it and my only concentration is to do justice to the part.”
Jay is very thankful to the audience for all the love being sent his way and the show. “The way they have accepted Abhinav is overwhelming. I get so many messages, many have written to me saying that the character makes us believe that good people do exist in life and the world is still a beautiful place. I’m very happy that I am able to give out positive vibes and bring calmness in people’s lives. So thank you once again, I’ll keep entertaining and giving my best and I’ll always try to play Abhinav in the best way possible. Keep watching Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and what you expect will never happen (laughs), and you will see all the amazing twists and turns.”
Jay is mostly at ease in light-hearted roles. “I’m good at total ease in light-hearted roles because I look like that but I can play negative shades well too. As an actor I want to be like a chameleon who can fit into anything. My efforts are always to make every character believable,” he continues, “Like other actors, I want to do different kinds of roles. But I want to do something, which is unexpected from Jay Soni. I want to play rugged roles, a bad boy, and try every possible thing I can to push my limit.”
Speaking about his off-screen equation with Harshad Chopda and Pranali Rathod, who plays the role of Abhimanyu and Akshara respectively, he adds, “Off-screen equations with Harshad and Pranali are very good and professional. They are very hard working and cooperative,” he adds.
Praising Rajan Shahi, Jay adds, “It is very good to be able to bag shows and characters like this and get associated with Rajan sir and the team. Rajan Shahi is a brilliant producer to work with,” he says.
You have maintained a lean look always and that too at a time when a muscled up fit body is in. “I could maintain this look because I don’t eat junk. I try to eat ‘Ghar ka Khaana’ and take care of some of the things, routine workouts and exercise and just eat healthy food. Also, I don’t eat anything after 7:30 pm,” he adds.
Jay is happily married. The actor had an arranged marriage with Pooja Shah in 2017.
“Yes I’m in a happy marriage and the best thing about it is having a companion, your soulmate, and someone in front of whom you can be yourself and don’t have to pretend. This bond makes you feel so complete. I love Pooja a lot and yes Valentine’s Day is coming but I don’t believe in such days that much. For me every day is V-Day. If I want to express my love I’m not going to wait for Valentine’s Day,” he signs off.