Shaheer Sheikh is a popular name on TV. From “Navya… Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal” to “Mahabharat” and “Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi”, he has nailed every character he portrayed on-screen. He, however, admits that he doesn’t watch his own shows, and says Rajan Shahi’s “Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke” (YRHPK) is the only exception.

“I generally don’t watch the shows I am acting in, but since I got time now as I was at home for a few days, so I watched the first four-five shows of YRHPK, and it was quite gripping. Like even when I am watching international shows, there are moments which are not interesting and you check your phone or do some things like that, but the episodes of this show that I saw, I didn’t get distracted even for a second,” he said.

“It’s very crisp, there is like a thriller touch to it, not exactly a thriller but it’s very gripping. You want to know what’s going to happen next, even though I know the script and have acted in the scenes, I was still curious and that I think is very rare that an actor who knows the story and who knows what’s going to happen but still, he wants to know what’s going to happen next,” he added.

The handsome actor even revealed that his on-screen character Abir is very similar to him in real life and that’s why he never had to prepare for it. He even admitted that he loves how his character stands up for his family and his loved ones, and said, “With Abir I have learned to be there for my people. Generally, we tend to focus more on our life and how we want to live it, but Abir has a special quality to be always there for his loved ones, and how and when they might need you.”

“It made me realise how important it might be for my family, my people, that I call them, and be there for them, just ask them or just greet them, every once in a while. It has changed that in me. I am now actively calling and talking to my family, my friends,” he added.

Shaheer made his TV debut in 2009 with “Kya Mast Hai Life” and has appeared in shows like “Jhansi Ki Rani”, “Mahabharat” and “Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi”, to name a few. Asked if he always wanted to be an actor, he said, “I was ambitious of giving a good life to my family, and the people who are with me. Because when you have seen difficult times in your life, you of course want to work hard and make sure that your family doesn’t go through the same phase again.”

“Even since childhood if someone asked me what do you want to become when you grow up, I would say I want to become a good son, a good friend, and stuff like that. So the kind of life I want to live is pretty clear in my head, so that was my goal always,” he signed off.

“Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar”, produced under Rajan Shahi’s banner Director’s Kut Production, also features Rhea Sharma in the lead role. It airs Monday to Saturday at 9 p.m. on Star Plus.