By Karan Shah
In Delhi, I started my modelling career doing print ads. Later, when I came to Mumbai, I continued modelling for print ads, before getting a break on television in a show titled Shraddha. After that I did a few TV serials such as Dill Mill Gayye, Baat Hamari Pakki Hai and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
The casting team contacted me and asked me to audition for the role in Main Aur Mr. Riight. After reading the script, I was asked to enact a few scenes for the screen test. After doing three scenes, the director liked my work and signed me.
After completing my graduation through distant learning in Delhi, I started working in a call-center for a year. After a sabbatical of six months, I took up another job in a company, but it was just a routine process of making money to survive; there was nothing exciting happening in my life. At the age of 25, an exciting opportunity to participate in a TV show came knocking on my door, and I immediately grabbed it. That changed my entire life and I was introduced to the world of acting.
In real life, I am a little shy and an introvert, so even if I have to do an aggressive shot, it looks a little subtle. So, in Main…, I had to invest all my energy doing this over-the-top role. For the first scene, I had to leap on a couch, while Shenaz (Treasurywala) was telling me something. I put all my energy in the scene, but then the director, Adeeb (Rais) told me that we would need a lot more energy than what I had invested in the scene.
The most important lesson that I learnt was that you can achieve a lot in 24 hours if you manage your time in a proper manner. I was simultaneously shooting for one of my serial as well as the movie. So balancing two assignments and managing my time in the correct manner, was what I learnt while working in this film. Looking back at it now, I have done a commendable job.
Balancing the shooting schedules of the film and serial was really tough. I faced a few health issues and on certain occasions I had to go without sleep as well. My role too was physically very demanding, but despite lack of sleep and my diet going for a toss, I managed to overcome the hurdles that came my way. But all that is in the past now, and we are ready to release the film.
I don’t believe in role models. I am happy being myself.
Early next year we will release Satra Ko Shaadi Hai in which I play the lead. Then there is 22 Yards which will also release in 2015.