Marriage and family life?
My marriage is a big story, I had an inter-caste marriage. I am a Muslim and Uma Khan my wife is a Brahmin. We have two kids Smarth and Shareek. We have been really blessed to have a wonderful family. There were little obstacles in our marriage, but we faced it boldly and overcame it beautifully. I was just 21 when I got married and she was just 20 but we decided not to be stupid and decided to convince our parents. They were convinced and it was my dad who took the initiative for our marriage. Uma is the daughter of famous musician Kamesh, who has a strong film background in her family.
Uma likes my quality of speaking from my heart. Both of us struggled a lot when I started my career at the age of 19. We were very strong in our love and we worked hard together to reach this position.
The funniest moment from your honeymoon days?
After our marriage, we came to our ancestral house in Fort Kochi and my family planned our honeymoon. It was to Ooty but the entire family accompanied us. A bus full of people where we had to be in two corners. It was real fun when you think about it after 22 years.
What will be the mantra on family life?
Mantra of my life is “live and let live “anyway it’s two individuals and we need to have a mutual respect. My wife’s character will never change. She even takes Ramadan fasting even after being a Hindu. She has given me all freedom to be what I am, we don’t boss each other.
Riyas are you a tough guy?
Not at all, I am a fun loving guy who always loves to crack jokes. Actor Dileep and director Roshan Andrews are some people who know how hilarious I am. At times like any person, I also become tough. But that’s situational. I am very patient, who has been waiting patiently to get the best in the industry. I think it’s a process to be patient, especially being an actor it's a key element of success.
What will be your advise to the new generation to be successful as a family man?
With 22 years of family life experience what I would say is that every time our character changes and this change is mutual. We should accept if it’s there with your partner. We should talk everything open, eye to eye contact is essential. Everything needs to be shared and no underestimation should be there. We hate the most whom you love; we would show our emotions to the maximum to that person. Before marriage it’s your mother after that it becomes your beloved wife.
Are you a home sick person? What do u do at home to support your wife?
Yes, I am home sick, I admit it. I love cooking for my family and believe men are the best cooks as everywhere even in five starts men rules kitchen. I support her in everything, life is mutual support.