What is the biggest takeaway from your film journey so far?
I’m yet to get a significant takeaway. But yes, I’ve learned the importance of consistency. To be honest, ‘Bisaat’ marks the beginning of my second innings after growing up. With ‘Pyaar Ka Punchanama 2’ it had started. There’s a lot more to explore before I am completely satisfied, and break my image of the-boy-next-door. This show is a great jump for me and will help me change that ‘cute boy’ image. Life has given me a second chance, and I am here to make the most of it.
For many, you’re still the ‘Punchnama’ guy. How was the first taste of fame like?
Honestly, fame is something that I’ve been acquainted with since my childhood (laughs). Yes, it did go to my head, but I’ve learned to not let that affect me now. I don’t really take such notions seriously as it messes you up. From my experience, one must learn to take their work seriously, but not themselves, as otherwise one would be trapped forever. Yes, fame does feel good, the love from the audience, and them liking your work feels good, but it’s okay to not let that grow within you.
What are the kind of challenges do you face now?
To be honest, I’m yet to find my foothold. Now I have this fundamental quality of faith instilled in me. I am hoping more opportunities come my way, I’d love to explore them. But yes, I am a little choosy and moody in terms of picking a script. So, it does take me a lot of time to make up my mind and devote myself to a project. If I click with a script emotionally, I tend to take it up, and it’s really difficult to find such scripts today.
You were one of the first ones to enter the webspace…
Yes, and I am happy that I took that leap of faith. I went on to do an OTT film when it was an alien medium for most back then. With the pandemic, and the tragic situation of cinema halls, people have now understood the relevance of that medium. As an actor, I feel there’s a lot of creative freedom. Of course, there’s a massive competition too, to stay relevant, now that every actor is dabbling into that medium.
Are you happy with how things are shaping for you now?
Now that I am back on the screen, it’s going to be an onward and upward journey. I am a lot hopeful now. I’ve started shooting for something else also. I’m happier.
What are the upcoming projects you are working on?
There are a few releases planned. A lot of exciting things on the way. I’ll be able to talk about it, in my next interview (smiles).