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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

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