Who encouraged you to pursue your career?
I didn’t think my parents would allow me to pursue a career in dancing, so I secretly started learning b-boying (breakdancing). But when my dad found out about my passion, on the contrary he encouraged me to follow my dreams. He renovated a room in the house in which to practice and gave it to me as a gift. I was very surprised and shocked after getting this gift from my dad. Acting was never on my to-do list; it happened by chance.
How did you get your role on the popular series ‘Swaragini’?
After my first show ‘Ekk Nayi Pehchaan’, I started getting calls from several production houses. But I was not happy with the roles that were offered. One fine day, I got a call from Rashmi Sharma’s production house; they briefed me about the character. I went to meet the casting director, auditioned and got selected.
Tell us about yourself...
I was born and brought up in India’s capital, Delhi. Since I was a child, I always wanted to have a career in dancing, but it seems destiny had different plans for me. I ended up becoming an actor. A couple of years back, a friend of mine asked me to accompany him to an audition, after the audition, as we were about to leave, the casting director told me to give it a go and try my luck in acting. That was when I first got bitten by the acting bug and started going for auditions.
What was the hardest scene to act in the series?
There were so many scenes. In one of the sequences, my character Lakshya was drunk. It was quite difficult, because I’ve never done such type of scene before. To look authentic on screen, I thought about gulping down a few drinks before the camera started rolling. But we were shooting in Mumbai, which comes under Maharashtra state, where it’s illegal to consume alcohol under the age of 25. As I was still 21 at that time, I had to drop the idea.
What do you like most about being an actor?
I get messages, emails and compliments from every nook and cranny that I would never get if I weren’t an actor. Apart from money and fame, the most important thing I got out of being an actor is the unconditional love of my fans.
We know the story behind your dancing and choreography but I’m sure your fans would like to hear it too...
My father was a teacher at the school I attended. As I love dancing, when my school senior’s requested me to teach them b-boying, I couldn’t say no. My father saw me while I was teaching them in the classroom. I thought he was going to kill me! But when I got home, he actually asked me if I wanted to be a dancer? He renovated the room so that I could practice, learn and teach dance in it, instead of in the classroom.
Tell us about your love for animals; we heard that you’ve adopted a very cute dog ..
I always make sure to feed a few strays near my home before going to the bed. I think it’s our moral responsibility to take care of these innocent stray felines and dogs. I was shooting in Filmcity, where a stray dog gave birth to two puppies, a few days later the mother dog disappeared and after searching, I found out that a leopard had killed her. I was disheartened after that incident, so I started feeding the puppies on a regular basis. One of the puppies died in an unfortunate accident and the second one was left frightened and whimpering. I had tears in my eyes seeing her like that, so I adopted her. Now, she is part of our family.
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