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New Man In Jassi Life...
He’s the new man in Jassi’s life. Delhi boy Sameer Soni, a St Xavier’s School alumnus, plays Purab, a cut and dry businessman in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin on Sony TV.
In the serial, Jassi leaves Gulmohar House when she is sacked by Mallika (Rakshanda Khan) after she gets to know that her engagement party was planned by Jassi (Mona Singh) and Armaan.
Accompanying her parents to a wedding, Jassi meets Purab. “We gel as both Jassi and I have a disjointed life. I play a businessman who finds it hard to express himself but has a heart of gold. He is trying to establish a relationship with his ten-year-old step-brother and Jassi helps him do that,” says Soni.
Having learnt theatre under Barry John, Soni made his Bollywood foray with China Gate and then worked in Baghban as well. “I’m looking forward to the release of Dance Like A Man, Anoushka Shanker’s debut film. Last year, if you’d asked me if I will do television, the answer would have been in the negative. But the role of Purab is so endearing that I couldn’t say no to the producers,” says Soni.
A graduate in finance from the University of California, Soni’s family wanted him to focus on academics and stay away from the world of glamour. “After satisfying my parents with a degree, I jumped into Bollywood and shifted base to Mumbai seven years back,” says Soni.
Hoping that his character will go down well with the viewers, Soni does agree that television has great reach. “Television has far greater time constraints unlike films that have the luxury of the time. But TV is something new for me and I hope that Purab will get the same acceptance as the other characters in the serial.”

Courtesy: Hindustan Times