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Sanjivani: Mohnish Bahl talks about his character Dr Shashank Gupta in the reboot version

Sanjivani: A Medical Boon that began airing in 2002 on Star Plus became one of the most popular dramas of Indian television. After about 17 years, the medical drama is all set to return with its reboot version. Mohnish Bahl and Gurdeep Kohli will return to reprise their roles, Dr Shashank Gupta and Dr Juhi Sigh, respectively. Joining them will be Surbhi Chandna, Namit Khanna, Sayantani Ghosh and Rohit Roy.

Talking about his character in the show to a web portal, he said, "What you will see is slightly more matured Shashank. I am sure the essence of the man will still remain the same because most of our personalities are formed by the time we turn 25; his morals and traits will be the same. But of course, his reaction to situations will differ and is not something which I cannot reveal right now."

He said that he is excited to be part of the reboot. "Obviously, I am excited. One always looks forward to working with new people and that's what cinema is also all about. Cinema makes it a 'not so regular 9-5 job' because you meet new people in every unit. So, it is a nice thing."

With Sanjivani, Mohnish will be returning to television after a long hiatus. He is happy to return to television. "I am happy because I have always felt that television has lot of scope. When the television went into the privatisation sector, we had wonderful shows like Koshish Ek Asha and Saans which encouraged me to move towards television and then, I came on with shows like Sanjivani and then, in the middle, I felt like it was going a bit haywire, so I am glad to be back into my space.”

Television is known for its long working hours. When asked about it, he stated, "No, no, it is not long hours for me. I stick to my 8 hours and I have fixed timings. I am an old man now and must be treated accordingly. I can't do television's 14-15 hours shift; I just cannot do it."

Sanjivani will begin airing on Star Plus soon. Watch this space for more updates.

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