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Karan Tacker looks back on his six-year journey in telly land

MUMBAI: Television actor Karan Tacker had a double celebration recently as his birthday coincided with his six years anniversary in the Indian television industry. As he gears up to don the hat of a host in the upcoming singing reality show ‘The Voice India’ on &TV, Tacker takes a quick look back at the years gone by.

Born in Delhi in 1986, Tacker was six months old when his family shifted to Mumbai. He grew up in a religious environment having studied in Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai. Karan spent his early childhood in Jalandhar as his mother belonged there.

Tacker Karan“We used to have summer vacations for 2–3 months and it used to be nice because the environment there is very different. When you live in a haveli and sleep inside the mosquito net, it was a different experience and a lot of fun,” Tacker tells TelevisionPost.com.

Although he was very active in theatre in school, he was not sure about becoming an actor and kept that desire suppressed within his heart.

Tacker took an active interest in school plays and once played a girl because he was from an all-boys school and the girl was the lead character.

“I wanted to play the lead. My best friend Akshay played the role of my mother and I played the daughter. But my school unfortunately believed a lot in studies and less in extra-curricular activities,” he recalls.

After school, he went on to complete his Bachelor in Business Management from Narsee Monjee College and began handling his father’s business.

Karan Tacker 2Quite accidentally, he once came across road auditions for a Balaji show. It was a replacement for a major character. Karan gave an audition and was selected.

He then started testing for a lot of stuff and was selected for a Nivea ad. From there on, there was no looking back as he bagged two shows.

“One was ‘Sangam’, which started and shut in four days. While that happened, I got an offer for ‘Love Ne Mila Di Jodi’ as the lead for Star One. Since then, I have been working non-stop. I am glad the audiences appreciate because we are in a generation and time where everything just depends on the switch of a channel. If you don’t like somebody, you can just switch it off,” he says.

Tacker has always had a fascination for film, music, and dance. “This has always been in my system and as an actor you are never sure whether you want to do this or no. It’s a very tough job because the world looks up to you and you don’t know if you have the calibre to do it.”

It is due to the same reason that his father never wanted him to be an actor. “He knew what kind of a tough job it is and he always wanted me to join his business. So I had to fight a lot to do what I wanted to do,” he states.

Despite the opposition at home, it was actually a major setback in life that made Karan take the plunge into the world of TV.

“Our family business kind of shut down because of the recession. I was in a lot of debt and needed a job that could pay me immediately. Hence, I did a lot of things around that time.”

karan tackerTacker also applied for the position of a purser in an airline company and was accepted. He was all set to start flying, but just around that time, the Nivea deal happened, giving him some cash flow.

“Today, I think my father is the happiest of all my family members. My mother is my biggest fan as well as my sister. They are all very supportive of what I do,” he smiles.

Tacker began his TV career as a host for a show on Star Plus. From 7 am to 7 pm, he would shoot for ‘Sangam’, and then from 7 pm to next day 7 am, he would shoot for a Valentine’s Special show for Star Plus for 4–5 days.

“I consider myself lucky because in such an industry, you need a family that treats you like a normal person and keeps you grounded. There are so many setbacks that actors go through. The media and audiences never come to know of them. A support system in the form of a family keeps an actor going,” he states.

Karan_TackerAnd it is this support system that has brought him where he is today. In his late 20s, Tacker feels there is a lot left to do as he gets back to his first love, hosting.

“Hosting is a lot of fun because when you are acting you are always playing characters. Hosting gives you the edge to be yourself so you don’t have to think before saying things. I want people to see what funny stuff I am capable of. I am a huge fan of ‘The Voice US’ and I am lucky that the makers thought of me as the host. But my love will always be acting as that is what brought me here,” he says with a twinkle in his eye.