TV makers are always looking for new ways to keep viewers hooked on the storyline. The hit TV show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlataa Hai is also one of those shows that has held the viewership for many years and is still full of new twists every now and then. After Neil Birla’s (Paras Priyadarshan) song ends, Jay Soni is all set to join the show. The actor will play a positive role; he plays Akshara’s friend in the show.

Jay is a name that needs no introduction. He was last seen in Sasural Genda Phool 2 back in April and was filming a web show at the time. Now he will be a part of YRKKH and talking about the same, he shared with Etimes: “It’s one of the longest running shows so I’m curious to see how it continues to engage viewers. My role is interesting, I play the new guy opposite Akshara and I felt it would be a good opportunity to work with Rajan Shahi. I love his shows and have been following Yeh Rishta for so many years.”

Jay has lost weight and looks younger and fitter. He said, “I had lost a few pounds for my web show and then I lost a few more pounds for the show. And now it has helped me for Yeh Rishta, because Akshara is a girl in her early twenties and many people told me that I looked only a few years older than her. I like to keep fit and avoid parties or late night binges. I’m on a strict regimen and that probably helps. Moreover, it also helps in my work. At the moment I am looking forward to this role.”