TV actor Arpit Ranka, known for his role as Duryodhana in Star Plus magnum opus "Mahabharat", says he is open to play the role of father of a teenager too if the script demands that.
"A good actor can play any character -- be it of any age or of any life stage. Gone are the days when playing a father meant you can't play a romantic role any more," Arpit, who is father of a son born in sepetemer last year, told IANS.
"In fact, for my upcoming series, I am playing a person with two very different aspects -- a person who is very aggressive and negative to the outside world, but who is very affectionate, emotional and protective of his child. So, yes, if a good role demands it, I would be happy to play any character," he added.
Arpit also says that becoming a father is a great feeling.
"Becoming a father for the first time is always a great feeling. At a professional level, things haven't changed much but on an emotional level, yes, they have. I see part of me in my kid, a part of my wife in my kid too, and it is a fascinating feeling to be protective, to want to groom and give your best to that part," he said.
Arpit's wife Nidhi gave birth to their son at Cloudnine Group of Hospitals. After that, they were seen together in popular celebrity dance show "Nach Baliye 7".
Arpit was also seen in the Tamil sports-action film "Bhooloham" and "MSG 2".
Talking about how he prioritizes his work and personal life, Arpit said: "I try and manage my shoots and my assignments in such a fashion that I get enough time away from work to spend with my family and my child."
"I have a supportive work environment. I make sure I take time off and I am present to take care of my kid's nutrition, health, and development needs. I try and make sure I am present with my wife when my child has to be vaccinated, or when we go out shopping or take him to the paediatric when my child is ill, and whenever possible even taken for walks to our nearest playground," he added.