1) Background about yourself, how u came into the industry?
As a kid, I used to watch all kinds of movies- from Bollywood to Hollywood films. My dream was always to become an actor and I began my preparation early on as a teenager. I completed my training in acting from the Barry John Acting Studio and also learned dance from the Shiamak Davar Dance Institute. Before stepping in front of the camera I wanted to be well acquainted with the functioning of a film set and so, I joined Director MG Mehul Gadani as an assistant director. Over the course of many years, I learned everything from him, right from direction to production and editing. During this time I also started giving auditions and successfully landed a lot of ad films for prominent brands like Coca Cola, Bum Chums Garment, Musafir, Bookyourtable, IPL Promo, McDonald’s (International Ad Film), etc. I also did a bunch of short films and web series during this time.
2) Born and brought up? What u wanted to become?
I was born in Mumbai in a middle-class family. My dad was a businessman & mom has always taken care of the home.
3) Family reaction about you joining the industry?
Initially, my family was not very happy with my decision to join the film industry. My dad wanted me to join his line of business. There used to be a lot of resistance at home in the beginning, however, as years went by and they saw my commitment and dedication to the craft of acting they relented. Eventually, they began to support the pursuit of my dream. My sister, who is my pillar of support, once said it might take ninety-nine failed auditions to land one job but no matter what, don’t give up.
4) If not an actor what else could u have been?
I would have joined my father’s business and would possibly be a miserable young man right now.
5) How were your initial struggling days?
It used to be quite difficult, to be honest. I remember borrowing Rs 100 from my mom each day and traveling to Andheri, the hub of the Hindi film industry. From morning till night, I would just be giving auditions and shuttling between studios in Shreeji Arcade to Four Bungalow Mahada and Versova. It was quite depressing when any casting director turned me down but I remained persistent. It took me two years of hustling before I finally got my first acting job in a commercial.
6) How do you see the industry and people changing so quickly?
Back in the days, people called me for meetings only to ask for money in exchange for casting. When they learned that I wasn’t born with a silver spoon and that I was unwilling to shell out money, they straight out refused to give me any work. But other people from the industry have stuck by my side through my highs and lows and for that, I am very grateful. I consider myself blessed in this matter.
7) Who is your inspiration in the industry?
My inspirations are Jackie Chan & Akshay Kumar. I love to see their action films. My dream is to do a blockbuster action film with a good story.
8) What are your upcoming projects?
Though I cannot disclose much at the time, there are some projects in the pipeline in the web-series space.
9) Where u see yourself in the coming 5 years?
I see myself as the biggest actor in the Bollywood industry in five years. And after that, I would like to set up my own production company and produce good movies.
10) what message you would like to give to the upcoming generation?
Learn everything that there is to be learned in the film industry. You should know every aspect of filmmaking to be able to excel in this field.