Vishal Kotian, who had played Hanuman in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev is reprising the role of the monkey god, this time in Mahabharat. Says Vishal, "I got this role because my role as Hanuman had become popular in Mahadev. I was also voted the most good-looking Hanuman on TV. Still, when I was offered the role in Mahabharat, I was sceptical because a benchmark had been set and didn't want to do the same thing again.
However, the channel insisted." Unlike in Mahadev where he had a substantial role where he grew up as Hanuman and evolved as Shiva's avtaar, here he is already playing God and it's a small role. A non-vegetarian, Vishal strictly follows a veg diet when he plays Hanuman. "Nobody has told me, but I feel it's not right to eat non-veg while playing God," says the actor who has a good physique and claims to sport eight-pack abs. Vishal is also poised to play a big role in one of the upcoming shows, though he refuses to talk about it. Sources say that he will be playing Birbal to Kiku Sharda's Akbar in a serial titled Akbar Birbal.