EXCLUSIVE: Barun Sobti on IPKKND: When I decided to quit, I did not know things would take a wild turn

In a candid chat with Pinkvilla, Barun Sobti opened up about his exit from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, and the havoc it created among the viewers.
EXCLUSIVE: Barun Sobti on IPKKND: When I decided to quit, I did not know things would take a wild turn
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Barun Sobti rose to fame as Arnav Singh Raizada in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon. The actor has proved his mettle in a number of projects since then but fans can vividly remember how things took a spiral turn when Barun finally decided to opt-out of the show. There was fury, there was cynicism, and finally, the show was pulled off air. While chatting with Barun, we touched upon the havoc his exit from IPKKND had created as the show completed 9 years. 

Barun recalled, "It was not working out in a lot of people’s favour. What really happened was that I had to choose between two shows, one was this and there was another show as well which was a finite show and I was looking forward to a finite show already at that time. I had figured that leads just die when I did my first show Baat Hamari Pakki Hai. But I took up IPKKND reluctantly and I signed it for a year after a lot of deliberation and back and forth. So when the 1 year happened, the show was doing great and when I spoke to Rajesh with whom I had signed the show, he told me everyone is making money and that I should too and that they would give me an appraise and I should benefit from it. So I gave more 6 months, after that again when the conversation happened, and I extended more for 3 months."

He explained, "I had actually gotten married right before the show started and I had not even taken my wife for a honeymoon and we had been together for the longest time. Our personal plan was to travel the world, so at that time the extension of the contract just kept getting in the way. So, after one year and nine months, I spoke to Gul and everyone and I think Gul was largely convinced because they had found a replacement. But then things just took a wild turn."

He further expressed that he quite understands the outrage then but his intention was clear that he wanted time for his family. "If practically you think, my decision was only that mera contract two baar ho chuka hai ab mujhe jaane do but I can understand if I am hooked on to a show as a viewer and I make an investment of my hours and it doesn’t turn out well, I would feel bad, so I am sure people felt the same and I completely understand that."

Watch Barun's full interview here: 

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Anonymous 3 months ago

It is funny how this guy falls back on or starts mentioning IPKKND when his new project is due to come out .

Anonymous 5 months ago

The comment section is crazy. Full of psychos calling someone else psycho.

Anonymous 5 months ago

There is a balance between work and family. Everyone strives for that balance, no one thing is more important than the other. Though I completely respect someones personal space and time, but doing the right thing at the right time is not everybody's cup of tea.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Barun, you are doing everything right and always did the right thing.

Anonymous 6 months ago

All his interviews are to promote his unstable wife and satisfy her paranoia. The more he talks about her the more you realise how problematic his personal life must be. Two trusting adults who love and respect each other don’t need all this crap in every interview.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Why did his wife start work after having a child? Most mums want to look after their baby. Plus he can make what she earns in a year by doing just one web show..

Anonymous 6 months ago

That is so regressive

Anonymous 6 months ago

He is so pathetic . I want to puke. A man dominated, blackmailed and deprived of marital relations by a Psycho. She is still making him dance to her tune . She says jump and he says how high.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Are you his grand ma? Please stop making assumptions about people's marriage life

Anonymous 6 months ago

Barun left Ipkknd as his wife was jealous of his pairing with Sanaya and their chemistry and fame. She emotionally blackmailed him to leave the show.She ruined him when he was at the top and that is a fact. If he wanted to spend time with her why did he sign the show in the first place so soon after marriage. I don’t hear him being on any travels with his wife either. I am sick of his old song of My wife , My family blah, blah, blah As if he is the only actor who loves his family. Frankly now he has lost all his charm . He looks old and haggered.

Anonymous 6 months ago

Why are you worried? It is his life and he has every right to decide his priority. His family is more important to him.

Anonymous 6 months ago

And still the lead characters and their spouses continue to remain friends and hang out regularly? A jealous wife would never allow that.10 years is a long time. If he had continued to look like he did in his hot show, something would have been really off.

Anonymous 6 months ago

That was nine years ago. people age. He can't stay the same.

Anonymous 7 months ago

with no offense, it is a karma, if you dont respect when you get things, and behave like this, then this proverb fits you barun very well, you missed the moon while counting the stars. With regards to your personal life, again everybody needs a space, but tv and or bollywood once you enter into this, there is no guarantee for your personal time. Talented and professional artists do take out time for their family at the same time maintaining a balance. Take the example of late Sushant Singh Rajput (very sad because of his ending like this) , even he left pavitra rishta when the serial was at his peak, but he did it with so professionally, that the audience accepted the change very well. discussing about your personal reasons that you didnt go for honeymoon, family time cannot be and should not be an excuse in front of the audience. You must be knowing about the downside and upside of this industry much before when you decided. the industry wont change for you, you have to adopt the changes till you become a brand like todays khans, kumars, or singhs . so that industry can wag their tail before you. You left the show, when the whole audience were with you, you did not allow the show to come to an natural end, it was a forced and rushed end, which left a lot of plots unanswered. the worldwide audience were very much emotionally attached and the show was entirely dependent on main lead characters equally ONLY because the main lead characters were synchronized with

Anonymous 7 months ago

He was quite talented actor. He took long break. He should have come back soon like other actors. His work was highly appreciated. He just missed the opportunity. Bad timing about taking break.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Wow, such toxicity in the coomment section. So what if he wanted to make it in Bollywood? Is that a crime? Everyone has career aspirations, nothing wrong with that. That show was already dragging on too without a good plot anymore and he had no professional obligation to extend his contract either. "Fans" should quit the whining.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Yeah. That was so boring towards the end

Anonymous 7 months ago

As a fan, i do respect and understand his decisions. Not only because of IPKKND, but also need to take time off for his wife and their daughter Sifat. People need to understand and respect his decisions like i do.

Anonymous 7 months ago

When is IPKkND season 4going to be on air , as I am despirately waiting to watch the show.As i have seen 1st season at least 10 times in hotstar, love the chemistry between Arnav and Khushi. Eagerly waiting to watch the new season,

Anonymous 7 months ago

Yo también quiero ver la temporada 4 de ipkknd cuando saldrá al aire.

Anonymous 7 months ago

If he wanted to spend time with his wife..no one oppose this...u could go to honeymoon with your wife.. after coming from honeymoon you could sign the shows...after people started liking you and ipkknd you wanted to go to honeymoon...this is just excuse...only you wanted to work in Bollywood...so you are saying all this..

Anonymous 7 months ago

Barun: "I would say our on-screen chemistry is khatarnak. However, off-screen we enjoy a lot." Sanaya: "The off screen chemistry I share with Barun I may not be able to share with anyone else." Thank you Ipkknd. You gave a beautiful Romantic couple to us.

Anonymous 7 months ago

LANGUAGE please remember to translate all communication to E nglish which we all understand in the international community of fans. Thanks. Have a good lock down week end.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Hate comments directed at Sanaya you bet from women instead of acknowledging her enormous acting talent and skills that gave ipknnd1 the iconic statusate sickening. If Ipk made Barun great and fampus Sanaya together with her co-lead actor Barun did it together. Give credit where credit is due. Their performance together was brilliant. As for the haters wbo are saying instead all the nasty rot about Sanaya woe unto you be careful. God who lives in Sanaya can easily turn those evil nasty things your evil nasty minds wish for Sanaya to yourselves and lets see how you enjoy them. Those who live by love of God have God live in them and what havr you got evil ones? God bless Sanaya always and protect hdr from evil. Bless all the brave talented women who are givi g their god given talents to be the best they can be in a male dominated world of acting. God give sense to the blind haters who hate other women for who they are and what they can do.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Ipkknd is the best

Anonymous 7 months ago

Ipkknd my fav series

Anonymous 7 months ago

Oh my God guys he is a human too and even Sanaya and Gul agreed on it on various interviews. No leave it... nobody need to vouch it you just have to look at him and you actually see it in his face in the last few episodes that he was anything but lying because he looked exhausted most of the time and still.... I mean come on guys where is the humanity?

Anonymous 7 months ago

OMG.. I have noticed the same thing when i was watching the show.. what my understanding was that maybe he had so Many projects at that time Or he wanted to try his luck on big screen, but thats for sure he looked so tired And exhausted in last few episodes.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Actors lives depends only on fans demands. Otherwise no one remembers any actors name. Use when opportunity comes not go behind the opportunities.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Ipkknd was one of the best shows.I dont get tired of watching it..was sad that it didnt continue but Barun has every right to make decisions and we should respect that and ofcourse family should always come first.We still love him and wish him the best for all his future endeavours.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Like to know about the series iss pyar no kya ma'am do ekk Baar phir... like that series more than ipkknd

Anonymous 7 months ago

Every actor is a Human being they need some space and there is no fault of him as he initially signed for one year only and instead greatful to him as he again extended his contract by request.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Since November 2012 he is saying the same thing it's a fact it's not a story and I'm feeling shame about the comments of such a selfish fans and viwers being judgemental about him every actor is a human being and he needs a space for his personal life especially when person is Mr barun sobti who gives more importance to his family than his stardom.he never be unprofessional if he signed initially for 1 year then he has right to quit still he extended his contract on the request. if show is for one year then they should end it there but no ... as they getting money more than they expected they started story extending after their perfect marriage in September atleast on that time they should end it but no eventually the show is also loosing it's charm gradually.we doesn't have right to blame him as he is correct on his way.

Anonymous 7 months ago

family and being professional never come in one line, "show is also loosing it's charm" as you said, because of him.because barun frequent absences ,was not that kidnap & many track happened only because he wanted a break from between all of other show actors, because he was shooting for another project!!

Anonymous 7 months ago

He is a genuine person, that's why star plus and Gul Khan worked with him again. He does not give excuses. He gave a memorable performance in a memorable show. Thank him for that.

Anonymous 7 months ago

He is not making excuses. If he would then Star plus or Gul Khan would not have worked with him again. He is a genuine person, who gave the viewers such a beautiful show and character, that even to this day people watch this show and scenes in loop. Thank him for that.

Anonymous 7 months ago

It totally depends on a person wether he wants to do it or not everyone should respect it. But history does not repeat itself. Two epic show which just went were iss pyaar Ko kya Naam Doon and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai both are just mind-blowing.

Anonymous 7 months ago

He chose ipkknd with Sanaya. Lucky for him. Hit world level till now. He became famous through the character and chemistry with Sanaya. He believed himself and choosed another one became failed. Karma.

Anonymous 7 months ago

He chose ipkknd with Sanaya. Lucky for him. Hit world level till now. He became famous through the character and chemistry with Sanaya. He believed himself and choosed another one became failed. Karma.

Anonymous 7 months ago

My view abt ispknd show ended at correct time. Because of that reason the show will be evergreen forever. If Barun and sanaya will do ispknd in future means, I am sure it will not be like season 1 show. It only happens just like miracle. For any actor whether Barun or sanaya should move to new script. This is entertainment for viewers and job which should be enjoyed by actors. In difficulty Quarantine time we spend time with our family to avoid unnecessary negative decision and love our family. Be safe

Anonymous 7 months ago

He thought he was big enough to make it too Bollywood, misjudged his timing and made a blunder

Anonymous 7 months ago

True

Anonymous 7 months ago

I feel the same

Anonymous 7 months ago

You quit this show for Bollywood confess it

Anonymous 7 months ago

Than quit movies and TV web series forever and enjoy with your wife

Anonymous 7 months ago

His wife working in a Chinese company

Anonymous 7 months ago

Pls come back with sanaya....we miss u very much barun

Anonymous 7 months ago

house husband enough.

Anonymous 7 months ago

Log jiske deewane h or jisko dekhne ka wait Kar rahe h ...unhe is type ka excuse nhi Dena chahiye ...we want see again barun & sanaya with in IPKKND

Anonymous 7 months ago

Log jiske deewane h or jisko dekhne ka wait Kar rahe h ...unhe is type ka excuse nhi Dena chahiye ...we want see again barun & sanaya with in IPKKND

Anonymous 7 months ago

Jab dekho meri biwi mera honeymoon meri health sick of his excuses he should quit his carrer and enjoy his family life

Anonymous 7 months ago

I agree. Just like other actors he could have taken a break and come back to the show. Its just the show was too good to be stopped in a hurry. Some how I Feel he was a bit responsible for it. It could have ran for many more episodes. I totally respect his wish to leave, but I felt that first movie of his is not worthy of his good acting. He left a great show for a wrong movie :'(

Anonymous 7 months ago

Well said usko ab Ghar par baith Jana Chahiye apni biwi ke sath

Anonymous 7 months ago

I agree with you on one thing. If he was recently married he shouldn’t have taken that role. He could have enjoyed his honeymoon and spend some quality time with his wife and then return to do his job. That’s what every actor is doing. If he decided to do something he should do it till the end without replacing someone. No offense. I love him. He is the best for Arnav. But that excuse was somewhat lame. No one was forcing him to take that role.

Anonymous 7 months ago

A beautiful love story accepted by the whole world forever. Nothing can change any of this by these kind of interviews

Anonymous 7 months ago

Without fans support no actors will survive in this field. In Fans demands only actors can steady in this field. Otherwise no one remember the actors name

Anonymous 7 months ago

How many times will the story change? How many new lies will be added?