Aasif Sheikh who plays Vibhuti Ahuti Narayan Mishra on ‘Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai’ has become a common name in every household. He is a wonderful actor. Though he thought to be a 55-year-old actor he had to make his peace with playing roles like father and uncle but the show gave me everything he ever wanted.
He says, “The show has given me a new lease of life. Usually, an actor my age makes peace with the fact that he would be reduced to playing just papa and chacha on screen. I was also losing hope and had in a way prepared myself to wear the usual kurta pajama and stand behind an array of actors. However, I would still pray to God for that one opportunity where I had the scope to perform. A meaty role like Vibhuti’s (his character in ‘Bhabiji…’) is unthinkable. My life revolves around this show. I reach home after the shoot, spend an hour with my family over dinner, hit the bed and go back to work the next day. But they all understand that it is worth the effort.”
Working so hard and all the time, even his kids sometimes ask him to slow down a bit and take it easy because of his age but he always tells them that how can he stop now when g=is getting everything that he ever wanted to have.
He was not stelled with his role of Vibuti Mishra, he played 250 characters and around 20 variations of a woman on the show. And when asked about it he said, “Among other female characters, I have played Amrapali and a Chinese woman. After 1,200 episodes, there isn’t much left in the story to explore, so, we explore the characters. It’s always funny to see a man transform into a woman and I look good as a woman (laughs). I have all the shapes and sizes of clothes required to become a woman stored in my make-up room. In fact, my wife inquired about the eight pairs of sandals in my room when she visited the set once and I told her that they belonged to me. She was scandalized”
We hope that Aasif Sheikh makes it even big with the help of the show!