July ‘17
Lawyer turned Actor

July ‘17
Shaheer Sheikh
Shaheer Sheikh


    


This lawyer turned television actor and model is known for his many roles, in the series ‘Kya Mast Hai Life’ in ‘Navya’, but perhaps best know for his role as Arjuna in the popular historical show ‘Mahabharat’. Due to his popularity in Indonesia, he has also starred in some Indonesian films as well as hosting Asia’s Got Talent and the Indonesian reality show, Panah Asmara Arjuna. Insight finds out more…

You’re a New Law College graduate with experience in law. What made you shift careers?

I was contacted through social media for my first show for Disney after a director had seen my pictures online and at that time I had absolutely no acting experience.


You came to prominence after your role as Arjun in ‘Mahabharata’. How did you get the role?

I auditioned, simple as that.


We found that your name is linked to Indonesia especially after ‘Mahabharata’s’ Arjun; what’s your story with it?

‘Mahabharat’ was a big hit in Indonesia as well. And that’s why I shifted my base to Jakarta for almost two years and I still keep coming to Indonesia.


How do you feel about your fame throughout the Middle East? Are you aware of your popularity in the Arab world?

It feels really good to be loved. I feel blessed. I heard ‘Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi’ is being released in Arab countries but I have no idea how is it doing.


You’re known for your diversity in choosing your roles. Do you do so purposely?

Playing something new, something fresh, something that I haven’t done before excites me and I only choose a project if it is exciting and challenging enough. As an actor I also want to do different.


How do you go through scripts you receive? What kinds are you drawn to?

When I play a character, I try to live the character, feel everything he can feel and be the character.


You’ve starred in Indian and Indonesian television and cinema. How do the two differ?

Shooting in Indonesia is slightly difficult for me because of the language barrier, but they sure treat me well.