Tell us about your childhood?
I grew up in Ujjain, an only son born into an athletic family and brought up in a very secular atmosphere. I started playing football when I was 10 and started working when I was 13 years old.
You followed in your father’s footsteps at first playing football and then you became a model. When did your passion for acting come to light?
I discovered my passion for acting by myself, during my TV debut in ‘Kasam Se’.
How does modeling differ from acting?
Acting is very different from modeling. Modeling gets monotonous after a while but acting you learn every day. The day you think you know everything and stop learning is the day you stop acting.
Who really encouraged you to pursue your current career?
Ram Kapoor. He told me I would be a hero one day and I laughed it off knowing nothing about acting at the time. He had faith in me and told me I would be one of TV’s finest actors.
Before talking about ‘Madhubala’,we can’t skip ‘Pyar ki ye ek kahaani’ which was your gateway role into the hearts of Indians...
‘Pyar ki ye ek kahaani’ was a very special experience, it brought me into the limelight. That’s when people started to know ‘Vivian Dsena’. Thanks to Ekta Kapoor the television queen for giving me my break and not to exaggerate but she chose me out of 7000 people. I can’t thank her enough for having faith in me. Ekta I love you for this.
The series’ plot was inspired by the ‘Twilight’ movie and you portrayed the main character ‘Abhay’. Weren’t you afraid to be compared to Robert Pattinson who played the original role?
I was afraid of course as everybody loves Robert Pattiinson and so expectations
were very high. But I was more afraid of letting Ekta Kapoor down.
You spent more than 2 years shooting ‘Madhubala’, you must have many memories. Can you share any behind-the-scenes moments?
Of course I have lot of memories like the word ‘Biwi’, which I invented and is still very popular. I gave a lot of creative input which I love doing and we all contributed and had fun writing scenes and making modification to the story.
How does it feel knowing that you have fans all over the world now and that your shows have been translated & dubbed in many languages?
A lot of gratitude and I thank God that I am loved and accepted in so many other countries. I usually don’t come out of my shell and thank them enough, but now that I have a chance I really want to. Fans love is unconditional which I respect very much. Actually it’s unbelievable.
Do you consider ‘Madhubala’ a distinguished step in your career?
Yes, it was a very important decision I took. That was my chance to showcase my talent. After ‘Madhubala’ people started taking me seriously as a performer. I cleared up all the doubts that it wasn’t just about my looks, but I could act too.
What would you like to say to your Egyptian and Arab fans?
I would like to say that despite the language barrier you’ve all been watching my shows consistently, thank you so much for giving me so much love. God bless you all. Thanks for all the unconditional love.
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