The Emerging Star
A chiseled face, six pack abs and a dynamic personality are things which would make you notice this man (yes ladies, for all the right reasons!). Debuting in Karle Pyaar Karle in 2014, SHIV DARSHAN was launched by his father, renowned producer Suneel Darshan. Although the film didn’t have a great box office reception, this man has a point to prove. Coming back on the silver screen after a hiatus of three years actor Shiv Darshan is back with Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha. Yasasvi Mehta catches up with him to find out more about his life, love, and films. Read on…
You’re being re-launched in Ek Haseena Thi, EkDeewana Tha. Do you think this movie will get you where you see yourself? Firstly, I would like to ask you, how many people get the opportunity to do a movie? And how many people actually do it? So all I want to do is enjoy the journey and keep working rather than thinking about the end result. I believe thinking about the end result spoils the journey. But having said that, I definitely want to present my work in a way which people would appreciate.
You are from a filmi background. You debuted under your fathers father’s production house. Your film didn’t quite make it on the box-office. How difficult was it for you to cope? I wouldn’t say it was a difficult time. I want my movies to do well but I don’t focus too much on the end results. And I personally believe that sometimes you need to fall to fly high. I admit that I had a shaky start. But I am going to be flying high pretty soon! I take inspirations from Mr Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor who also had a shaky start, and work optimistically.
Since you’re from a filmi background, it was easy for you to get into the industry. What is your take on nepotism? You may get your first break, but you need to prove yourself eventually. I feel blessed to be born in a filmi family. But I feel we all have our struggles. Eventually, it’s your work that’s going to take you places.
Does it work? To make sure that you are appreciated by your audience, to make sure that you keep getting work and do good work is a challenge in itself. Yes, there is a pre-conceived notion and expectation for sure, but we all have our struggles. And to live up to the expectations of the audience is something one should always work towards.
Any anecdotes while shooting for the film... Oh! There are so many of them. I can’t forget the excruciatingly agonizing winter when we shot the film in the UK. The winter had completely set in and it was freezing. To top it, we were carrying summer clothes. There was this one instance I can vividly recollect where we were shooting this really important scene. We had limited shooting hours because in winter, the sun sets at 3:30 p.m. and we had to pack up and head out as it can get really dangerous to shoot post that. When we reached the sets, it was so cold and I kept telling myself mind over matter, repeatedly. Although it was a single take scene and we wanted to do it soon, we just couldn’t. Due to the cold, our lips were numb and Natasha and I were mumbling. There were technical errors too. But we were time bound and the stakes were high. At 3:29 p.m., and I am not exaggerating, my father said, ‘Okay! The take is okay.’ We rushed to the car and went back straight to our hotel. That experience out in the cold had to be one grueling experience.
How is it on the sets with your father? I had a wonderful experience working with my dad. On the sets, he was a filmmaker, and as a filmmaker, he saw the character, irrespective of the fact that the character was played by his son. It was a pretty professional affair on the sets. I really enjoyed myself. The whole actor-director aspect got us together and helped us bond.
You’ve studied acting and dancing in New York. How was your experience? It was simply fabulous! I cherish those days. But I feel, even after attending multiple classes, learning dancing and doing everything under the sun, your real learning is on the sets. And there is no substitute for ‘on the job’ training. I had a great experience being on the sets and learning so much. I am really passionate about cinema and I don’t restrict myself to only acting and try to explore different facets of cinema.
Which other directors do you aspire to work with? There is no particular director I want to pick. All I want to do is work and be noticed for that.
Where do you see yourself a few years down the line? I want to just face the arc lights and do good cinema.
If it wasn’t acting, what would you be doing? Maybe something related to cinema. I come from a family of filmmakers and producers. As a kid, I used to see my grandfather, father and my uncle work towards directing, producing and distributing films. All my cousins are also in this industry. That’s the only thing I know and aspire to work towards.
How do you balance your personal and professional life? I haven’t had that sort of dilemma until now. I think that’s really easy if you understand the value each one has and give them importance accordingly.
Are you seeing someone? Me? Yes, my work! (Laughs)
What kind of girl do you see yourself ending up with? I don’t want to have any pre-conceived notions. I just want to go with the flow.
A Still From Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha