Dayanand Shetty: Can’t see myself doing a family saga.


Actor Dayanand Shetty, best known for his role as senior inspector Daya in CID, has made his hosting debut with Savdhaan India F.I.R.

Dayanand talks about hosting Savdhaan India F.I.R and CID days. The actor also reveals why he doesn’t mind being stereotyped.

Excerpts from the conversation:

What brings you to Savdhaan India?

The fascination towards crime (laughs). I have done a crime show for so long that the genre really excites me. Even as a viewer, I like watching thriller and suspense drama. This is why when the offer came to me, I was really excited. This time, however, I am in a different role. I will only be narrating the story of the crime to the audience.

Given you have this righteous cop image, do you think people would relate more to Savdhaan India now?

I hope so. I am not on social media so I don’t know much about the feedback. But there have been people who called and messaged me to say that they really liked my work. A lot of friends and family members also said that they are watching the show now because of me. So I am hoping for the best.

Despite playing different parts, you are still remembered as Daya from CID. Do you take this image as a badge of honour or do you want to break the image?

Honestly, I enjoy doing different things too. I have done comedy and tried reality shows with Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Khatron Ke Khiladi. However, I cannot see myself doing a family saga ever. I take opportunities as and when they come to me. As for being typecast, I don’t think it’s an issue nor do I feel bad about it. Instead, I feel that the makers come to me because I can justify these characters more. Maybe these roles of a strong officer need a personality like me.

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