From making your acting debut in advertisements to playing the character of a super humanoid robot in the daily soap, Bahu Hamari Rajni Kant, how has the journey been so far?
Fantastic. Not many people know that before I became an actor, I was an artist manager. So, I’ve been behind the scenes and it helped my whole experience of being in front of the screen. I’ve done many ad shoots, which are a lot different from shooting for television daily soaps. In ads, we shoot for 12 hours only for 30 seconds and here we shoot for 12 hours for a whole 30-minute of footage. But I believe that television is the best platform. It has given me whatever I am today, people recognise me because of it. In my first show, I was very raw and nervous because I had seen too many run-of-the-mill characters, which were undoubtedly very much appreciated but at the same time did not give creative satisfaction. Thus, I was waiting for the right opportunity.
Your twitter bio describes that you were born to act. When did you develop a passion for acting?
My twitter bio describes that I am a firm believer of three stages in life, Nobody; Wannabe; Somebody. That was a thought which came to me when I wasn’t even an actor but I always knew that I wanted to be one. Currently, I am in the want-to-be stage. I have the least inclination towards gaining fame but I always remember one thing that I don’t want to be an anybody. I knew that I wanted to make a name for myself and face the camera since I was a kid.
Bagging ‘the Best Debut’ at an awards show was a significant part of your acting career. How has your life changed after that?
I was that one kid who never won any medals in any competitions in school. I would participate in all but never bagged any position. So I used to tell my mom and dad that I’m sorry for making them worry. When I got the debut award, it was a sort of redemption and I knew that I’m on the right track. If I won something means my hard work is in the right direction.