Anuj Sachdeva, who plays the lead in the show Chhanchhan opposite Sanaya Irani, has a grudge against his co-star. The actor feels that she talks a lot about her ex leading man Barun Sobti from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon (IPKKND) very often which irritates him. 'You always tend to talk about your previous experiences. And IPKKND was very successful, so Sanaya would definitely compare (the two). Her experience from her previous show has helped her. So when she brings up her previous show again and again, I tell her, ‘Stop it, I am working with you here too. Talk about me,’' laughs Anuj.
Anuj enjoys a comfort level with Sanaya which reflects on screen too. 'We are good friends and that reflects on-screen too. Sanaya’s cool and chilled about everything. I used to think I am the only one who doesn’t think before talking, but she’s like that too,' he says.
The actor hopes that the audience enjoy their pairing as well. 'I understand it’s difficult to accept a new pair. But more than her talking about our chemistry on-screen, I want the audiences to talk about it. When they do, it won’t matter that they liked her with Barun a while ago,' he says.
Barun and Sanaya’s popularity during their show IPKKND was immense. The couple’s chemistry was loved by the audience, who later didn’t want him to be replaced with any other actor when he quit the show. In fact, there has been immense pressure on Chhanchhan’s team to recreate the magic of Barun-Sanaya’s chemistry.
Newcomer Farhan Khan, who was cast opposite Sanaya, was unable to click with the audience which is why he was replaced with Anuj. The show has got stable since then, but Anuj also credits the storyline for the same. 'It takes time to get viewers back. Now they like the post marriage story between Manav, Chhanchhan and Manav’s mom.'